[eDebate] In defense of Hester

Josh jbhdb8
Thu Apr 3 13:36:02 CDT 2008

I was there that summer too, its true,


On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 5:58 AM, Michael Korcok <mmk_savant at hotmail.com>

> Michael Hester needs no defense.  He is like Chuck Norris in that regard.
> I don't know much about Hester other than the occasional smile and howdy at
> the rare tournament.  Except I know this.
> When Hester was a camper at the Arizona Debate Institute one summer about
> 29 years ago (it may have been only 15 years ago), there was an "incident."
> One evening, like 10pm, the sirens started to blare and the police began to
> swarm all over the Howard Johnson's, the ADI hotel.  They told all of us in
> public areas that we needed to go to our rooms and lock our doors
> immediately.  Apparently there was an evildoer running about and we were
> much better off behind doors than out by the pool or in the lobby or milling
> about.  I was an instructor and so went to my room as instructed to hang
> with a few folks.  We waited and waited and waited.  It took a couple of
> hours to get the all-clear from the police.
> It turns out that a suspect in a murder had escaped police custody some
> blocks away and had been on the run.   This guy had run into the Howard
> Johnson's and the police had followed him.  We were on lockdown until they
> finally caught the guy.  As folks talked to each other about the events of
> the evening, the reports of sightings began to accumulate:  one camper had
> been thrown out of an elevator by him, one camper saw him sneaking through
> the stairwell, one camper had peed on themselves when that guy pounded on
> their door, and so on.
> The most memorable account was by a couple of folks who had witnessed an
> act worthy of a Bronze Star of Debate Geekhood.  The aforementioned alleged
> murderer was running around on an upper floor when he saw a red-headed guy
> sitting in the hall on the floor, paper strewn all around him.  He ran
> toward this kid, yelling obscenities and threatening bodily harm while
> brandishing a knife.  Something to the effect that if he didn't get lost he
> would kill him.  The kid, rather than running into his room, looked up and
> told Mr. Alleged Killer Running Amok "I'm not going anywhere.  I'm a debater
> and I need to finish cutting these cards."
> The collective narrative had it that the Foul Murderer, stunned by this
> display of Nerdiness, simply shut up and walked away.  He was apprehended by
> the police a short while later on a different floor.
> True story.  Michael Hester needs no defense.  Well, that I know of
> anyway...
> Michael Korcok
> ------------------------------
> Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 08:12:55 -0400
> From: stevendamico at gmail.com
> To: edebate at ndtceda.com
> Subject: [eDebate] In defense of Hester
>  Hey folks,
> Back off on Hester a bit.
> Hester is one of the kindest, most welcoming (and most fun) souls I have
> met in debate. Yes he said one thing a few of us extremely disagree wit, but
> that doesn't justify the vitriol I am seeing in some of these posts.
> Especially since he has engaged in a discussion and admits others have good
> points. That's both debate and consensus building.
> The fact hester wouldn't think anyone would hire based on edebate rantings
> just shows how awesome he is--because he would never hire on such dumb
> criteria, while we all know some dumb ass lawyer in NYC would.
> I think everyone needs to point their anger in the right direction,
> because if you really think about all of this, it's all G.W.Bush's (and Jack
> Stroube's) fault.
> Friends don't let friends vote Republican (or for Ron Paul--I'm looking at
> you Paul Strait)
> D'Amico
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