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May 22, 2012

Glenn liked Tahlequah’s ‘weirdness’

TAHLEQUAH —  

For Eddie Glenn, playing music at the 2000 Cherokee Medal of Honor awards and having James Earl Jones compliment his singing voice is the memory of a lifetime.
Glenn recalls the compliment.
“[Jones] said, ‘Young man, I absolutely love your voice,’” said Glenn. “I told him that, coming from the voice of Darth Vader, that meant a lot to me.”
Glenn, a Northeastern State University graduate, lived in Tahlequah from 1991-2007. Many remember him as a staff writer and photographer for the Tahlequah Daily Press, where his witty comments kept the news staff in stitches.
He first attended Carl Albert Junior College in Poteau, before coming to NSU, and  is now working on his doctorate at the University of Kansas. He’s writing his dissertation in rhetoric, and teaches at KU, as well.
“The term ‘rhetoric’ has a lot of negative connotations, but in fact, it was one of the original seven liberal arts, along with grammar, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy,” Glenn said. “The simplest definition of rhetoric is ‘persuasive communication,’ although many theorists equate rhetoric with communication itself, since even the fact that you can communicate with someone carries somewhat persuasive meaning to them. You can see how, in modern times, with so many modes of communication, studying the persuasive nature of messages and media can be quite important.”
He decided to choose this course of study at NSU when he was a journalism major, and found he absolutely hated the classes and the “boring” style of writing required of those students.
“I made a C in my first newswriting course,” said Glenn. “That same semester, I was taking one of Dave Scott’s classes in the speech department – I think it was ‘Argumentation’ – and realized I was doing more and more interesting writing in my speech classes than I was in the journalism course.”

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