Tongue-tied with T. Boone

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By Ned Cantwell

There is this theory I have, that it is all in the name. Good looks and brains and a winning personality are just real handy, but a killer name opens the door of success.

The first time I heard the name “T. Boone” I liked the guy. Way I figured it, Mr. and Mrs. Pickens did a fine job. I mean, you take a boy named, say, “Ned,” to first grade and they just automatically put him with the slow kids. You introduce the lad as “T. Boone” and the teacher says, “Oh, welcome young man, you get to clean the erasers and share a cupcake with me at lunch.”

T. Boone was a national name in the ’80s when TIME made the billionaire Texas oilman and corporate takeover artist its cover boy. Starting this fall, he will spend more time in your living room than Oprah. T. Boone is convinced the nation must break its oil habit and will say so in a heavy schedule of TV spots explaining his alternative energy plan.

The nation needs to listen to T. Boone Pickens. Think about it. Here is a guy who got rich and famous by saying what he was going to do and then going out and doing it. Politicians, on the other hand, get rich and famous by saying what they are going to do.

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