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From: John (HI) (
Subject:         Homecoming
Date: February 8, 2015 at 11:32 am PST

Dr. Epstein was a renowned physician who earned his
undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees in his home
town and then left for Manhattan , where he quickly rose to
the top of his field.

Soon he was invited to deliver a significant paper, at a
conference, coincidentally held in his home town. He walked
on stage and placed his papers on the lectern, but they slid
off onto the floor. As he bent over to retrieve them, at
precisely the wrong instant, he inadvertently far ted.

The microphone amplified his mistake resoundingly through
the room and reverberated it down the hall.

He was quite embarrassed but somehow regained his composure
just enough to deliver his paper. He ignored the resounding
applause and raced out the stage door, never to be seen in
his home town again.

Decades later, when his elderly mother was ill, he returned
to visit her. He reserved a hotel room under the name of
Levy and arrived under cover of darkness.

The desk clerk asked him, "Is this your first visit to our
city, Mr. Levy?"

Dr. Epstein replied, "Well, young man, no, it isn't. I grew
up here and received my education here, but then I moved

"Why haven't you visited?" asked the desk clerk.

"Actually, I did visit once, many years ago, but an
embarrassing thing happened and since then I've been too
ashamed to return."

The clerk consoled him. "Sir, while I don't have your life
experience, one thing I have learned is that often what
seems embarrassing to me isn't even remembered by others. I
bet that's true of your incident too."

Dr. Epstein replied, "Son, I doubt that's the case with my

"Was it a long time ago?"

"Yes, many years."

The clerk asked, "Was it before or after the Epstein Fa rt?"

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