“And now, in conclusion, I’d like to tell you a humorous anecdote,” says Al. “I know several humorous anecdotes, but I can’t think of any way to clean ’em up!”
There’s a ripple of nervous laughter with his audience.
“So, I’ll only say this much,” continues Al. “I love the Cornbelt Loan and Trust Company. Some say that the bank is suffering from hardening of the arteries and of the heart. I refuse to listen to such radical talk. I say that our bank is alive, it’s generous, it’s… it’s human! And we’re going to have such a line of customers seeking and getting small loans that people will think we’re gambling with the depositors’ money. And we will be! We’ll be gambling on the future of this country.”
“I thank you,” says Al, and turns to shake Mr. Milton’s hand. Millie hugs Al as the applause continues.