Re: Scout Handshake
Kathie Cerveny (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 16 Sep 1992 12:53:27 CDT
>From: "Kathie Cerveny" <kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU>
>> >From: DEB3291%TNTECH.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu
>> > The Scout Handshake changed???? Since I'm still a relatively
>> >young(22)whipper-snapper, I am not aware that there was ever another version
>> >of the Scout Handshake. Could somebody out there please inform me how it
>> >was done? Thanks in advance
>> Sure Dave, you know it. It was the same as the KKK handshake. ;-)
>> Donald R. Newcomb Naval Oceanographic Office
>> firstname.lastname@example.org Stennis Space Center, MS 39522
>> newcomb@[pops.|q-aais.]navo.navy.mil Voice: 601.688.5998
>This WAS unnecessary and VERY unScoutlike!!!
Hey, Kathie! Lay offa' Dave. That was me. It was also the truth. The
ORIGINAL BSA handshake (and this was long before Don Izard was
as Cub Scout) was a right handed grasp with one finger (index, I
think) extended. The gentlemen who founded the BSA thought they
needed a special handshake and this was an easy first choice.
The problem was that they didn't know that it was the same as the
Secret KKK handshake. How could they know? It was a secret.
When they found out about this, the effluvium contacted air mover.
They already had enough problems with other scouting organizations
saying that Catholics could not belong to the BSA because the BSA
was founded by the YMCA. They sure didn't need to be associated with
the Klan! So anyway, they promply traded in the ORIGINAL grip for
a left handed grip which no one else used. And that is why Scouts
shake left handed. The stuff about closest to the heart is just...
well you know....
Donald R. Newcomb Naval Oceanographic Office
email@example.com Stennis Space Center, MS 39522
newcomb@[pops.|q-aais.]navo.navy.mil Voice: 601.688.5998
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