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Chet Manchester <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 4 Sep 2010 07:49:40 -0500
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Thanks for everyone's input on this question.  I did speak with Michael
Sheldon about this a few months ago and he felt that, aside from the
occasional drink, it would be a mistake to depict Clemens as a drunk to any
degree.  He also said that there's no evidence Clemens drank heavily before
a lecture or an important public engagement.  Most of what the forum has
said here seems to confirm this.  Any more contrarians out there?

On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM, Alex Brink Effgen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I seem to remember a story of Clemens telling his family about one time
> when he was put in jail out west, and when his innocent daughters
> replied with how he could've been put in jail, he responds with "Drunk,
> most likely."
> Did I catch that in the Ken Burns documentary? Is this more than
> apocryphal? Anyone?