Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
Ever wonder where the name, ‘the Wakefield Doctrine’ comes from? Well, I’m grateful for your interest1! It’s a fairly interesting story, in that it came about as a by-product of my decision to start this blog. Up until that moment, (in 2009), I was happy calling this insight into human behavior, ‘the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers’. How did that name come about? My! we’re just full of set-up questions this morning, aren’t we? Well, we can do this set up in one of two ways:
- ‘I can utter the very time-honored and respected phrase, “well, gather ’round and I’ll tell how ‘the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers’ came to be” (or)
- we could cue some wavy lines and (an) increasing reverb (with a touch of echo) and find ourselfs in Pawtucket RI in 1981 (or thereabouts)
(man! I really hope that came out funnier to you than it did to me, …after 20 minutes of searching youtude. plus the fact that, from my early impressions of the demographic of the ‘Can’t-You’See’ April Blog Challenge, most visiting readers were about 4 years old when the Wayne’s World franchise was at it’s peak… oh well, too late now)
The ‘eureka moment’ of ‘the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers’:
In the early 1980’s, Scott (the progenitor scott) worked at a music store in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was the only full time salesman and (also) ran the store’s repair department. Not limited to repairing musical instruments, the store provided repair services for a wide range of electronic equipment, including tape recorders and other audio equipment.
One day I happened to stop by the store to visit scott while he worked. While there, a young man walked into the store, came directly to the ‘repair department’ where scott and I were talking and placed on the counter what was known as a ‘duel cassette recorder’ (A device with the capacity to record two cassette cartridges at once. Often used to copy the contents of one cassette to another, what we would call today, making a back up. The controls on this ‘dubbing recorder’ were two sets of the normal tape recorder controls: Volume, Treble and Bass. It was different from a single cassette recorder in that it had a Master Volume control dial, which, as the name implies controlled the overall sound output of the device.) The tape recorder that the customer placed on the counter appeared to be new and had no signs of damage or abuse. I stepped back and Scott looked up and said, ‘What can we do for you’? The customer said to Scott, “this thing is brand new, it worked for a couple of days, then it stopped working entirely, I can’t figure out what is wrong”.
Scott looked at the device briefly, then without saying a word, reached under the counter, brought out a roll of electrical tape, and tearing off a 2 inch piece of tape, taped over the Master Volume control (after returning the dial to it’s highest setting). Scott then slid the device back over the counter and said, “ There, its all right now”
The customer asked to plug in the recorder, took a cassette from his pocket, tried the recorder, and ran it through it’s paces. After proving to himself that the broken tape recorder that he brought into the store now worked like new, he thanked Scott and walked out of the store, a totally satisfied customer.
Boy, am I grateful for that particular trip to the lovely city of Pawtucket2!
So that’s the source of the insight that the Wakefield Doctrine is built upon. Funny about that, I’ve told this story to a lot of people and a certain percentage of people will say, ‘and you’ve spent, what, 30 years working on a personality theory on the basis of a chance observation in a second-rate music store?’ and I say, ‘yes, yes I have’.
….the name, Wakefield Doctrine? ah! now we get contemporary…. in 2009 I was on my weekly Saturday night drive…. no, lets watch instead!
(this being Saturday, there is the TToT to get up here, as well as the above D letter. Seeing how we already have two items (clever how I snuck them into the post in, like, footnotes (?feetnotes?)… no?
3) I am grateful for my dog, Una
4) I am grateful for the desk, without which I would be typing with only one hand, which would make this process much more time intensive (and balance-intensive)
5) I am grateful for my work which involves a lot of driving
6) …in my audi
7) lol…. ok, can’t keep it up so I’ll attempt to complete my list without trying for the D thing…. (hey, funny thing, over the previous 5 days leading up to the blog challenge, I was creating draft posts with titles as a word for the corresponding letter (of the alphabet) occurred to me… well, imagine my surprise this morning when I opened up the Doctrine dashboard and saw ‘D’yanne …. I’m sure I must have had something in mind as to how I would relate the Doctrine to Dyanne… not quite sure now, but for some reason, I get a visual of Toto being put in a wicker basket and being taken by Margaret Hamilton! go figure
9) (if they really wanted to encourage me, they would find out the name of that new GV…. damn!)
10) 1.3 binyons…. 1.3!
1) … I know, you’re welcome!*
2) to the north of Providence (the capital city of Rhode Island), Pawtucket is famous for it’s minor league baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and, of course it’s Rhymistically-eponymous value in writers of limericks, the world over
* yeah, you ever have an idea and not write it out immediately and when you come back to it, you do not have a clue…or worse, you remember what you thought you would do and it seems kinda stupid…. well, like that lol