“Hello yourself, and see how you like it…” (Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood)
HUCK: “YOU don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.”
NARRATOR: Samuel Langhorne Clemens was the sixth of seven children born to John and Jane Clemens. His mother would tell him later that he came into the world with the arrival of Halley’s Comet, a cosmic event that occurred every 75 years, and so she predicted greatness for her premature and sickly infant son, whose survival in those challenging times was not typical.
TWAIN: “I was born the 30th of November, 1835, in the almost invisible village of Florida, Monroe County, Missouri. The village contained a hundred people and I increased the population by 1 per cent. It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town. It may not be modest in me to refer to this but it is true. There is no record of a person doing as much – not even Shakespeare. But I did it for Florida and it shows that I could have done it for any place – even London, I suppose.” (Autobiography)