D -the Wakefield Doctrine- Doctrine (….I sure am grateful that I named it that!)

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:

  1. ‘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)
  2. 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

8) thanks to Lizzi and Jen for their support and encouragement in this first week of the April Herd Blog Challenge!

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!

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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


clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. ivywalker says:

    Yeah, the Pawtucket Doctrine just wouldn’t be the same. FRIST!

  2. ivywalker says:

    I hear the new GV is named Agnes…. ( a good virginal name …. means virgin and chaste I believe! Which we all know is the primary requirement of our GVs. That and a good judge of dancing…)

  3. valj2750 says:

    I for one, appreciate the Wayne’s World video. Hilarious movie. Rereading the scenario in the electronics store was interesting. It would be easy for one (me) to lose one’s enthusiasm for the Challenge, if it weren’t for others’ support (you, Ivy, Dyanne, Michelle, Kristi, Josie,Christine, Romi,etc)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Yeah… that enthusiasm is a good point… without that, this becomes work and there are a lot better forms of work out there… still fun though!

  4. Christine says:

    The “we’re in this together” aspect of the A-Z most certainly helps. I have now come to the end of my pre-written posts. It’s gonna get rocky up at the coop!
    Hey, ideas have to start somewhere. Why not a music store?

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Serendipty is the word that most often comes to mind (in reference to the music store event)… that and whatever made those very diverse dots link themselves up.

      I was thinking about that (what next)… and I’m of the belief that the only real enemy is (the) perception of pressure to write…. all of us have been at this long enough* to have the confidence to know we can write posts whenever we feel like it… the pressure of a deadline does something funny to this confidence ….probably should write a post about it!
      the value and utility of camaraderie should never be underestimated

      * I suspect the 20/80 rules shows up in the stats on how many people start a blog and how many are still at it…. 3 months, 6 months, 12 months whatever is the big fall off

  5. Denise says:

    2nd vid. With Glenn. You can hear the Call in Show music in the background lol
    And it’s still the same music.
    So who else is calling in tonight? Huh? Anybody?

  6. Kristi says:

    Dyanne and I were just talking about the Wizard of Oz the other day! She was trying to scare me, and was quoting the Wicked Witch of the West. I’d much rather picture her as Dorothy!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …did I give the impression that I was thinking of Dyanne as the Wicked Witch?! lol (i just re-read that section… no! I did not mean her!! I think it was something she said (recently) about tornados that make that linkage in my head… although she is a school teacher…. and I think she (Dyanne) recently wrote about finding an old bicycle…. lol no! not my intention!

      • Kristi says:

        No, no–you gave the impression of her as Dorothy, not the Wicked Witch! I just thought it was funny, because Dyanne and I really had been talking about the Wizard of Oz a week ago.

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


          (I should keep better track of a) these semi-conscious associations that I make and 2) my picking of images (the better examples indicate some sort of calculation below my awareness)

  7. lrconsiderer says:

    Stella, and she’s a bad-ass! The new ones are always the most dedicated, until they get good and jaded with our antics.

  8. dyannedillon says:

    Thank goodness I didn’t see Miss Gulch bicycling by my window as my house swirled around in the sky when storms came through this week! Same thing is supposed to happen this Wednesday or Thursday. I don’t think I can BE the Wicked Witch of the West, because those flying monkeys scare the crap out of me!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I know I couldn’t’ live in Kansas… or Missouri or wherever that has tornados all the time. I mean, sure, we have hurricanes, which are rather impressive but not nearly as personal as tornados (plus I grew up on Wizard, so I have the understanding of how, with the right storm at the right time, everything changes.