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Good morning, and thank you very much for your kind introduction. Today I want talk with you about the all-important subject of partnerships.

When I think of partnerships, many things come to mind. There are notorious partnerships such as Anthony and Cleopatra's...and entertaining partnerships, such as the wonderful "Hold on, I'm coming" soul singers, Sam and Dave.

There are even microscopic partnerships. For example, atoms of oxygen and nitrogen united to give us the air we breathe. And there are grand and ancient partnerships, such as the Earth-Moon system. This gravitationally bound pair has whirled through space together for almost five billion years.

On a human level, probably the primary partnership most of us have--or will have--is with a wife, husband, or another significant other.

These partnerships can lead to many things-- including humor. I've been married for many glorious years and prize my partnership with my wife. However, not all have achieved the bliss and harmony that have characterized our relationship: here's a story, for example, that indicates a little rockiness.

During a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, "You know, I was a fool when I married you!" The husband replied, "Yes, dear, but i was in love and didn't notice."

Then there's this report that also happens to speak of the power of education: a husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up. "Oh, we'll never need that," the wife explained. "We have a great relationship. He was a communications major in college, and I was in theater arts. He communicates real well, and I act like I'm listening."

Beyond personal relationships, probably the classic type of partnership is the legal, business partnership. Our area has produced many fine examples: Allen-Bradley, Briggs & Stratton, Foley & Lardner, Harley-Davidson, Marshall & Ilsley, and Pawling & Harnischfeger, to name a few.

For more information, full-length samples, and a list of references, please call 414 795-6117 or e-mail ted@tedsbusinesswriting.com