A Bit of Scottish Humour
My Favorite Joke Told by My Good Friend and Associate Frank Angle, Raconteur and Barrister Extraordinaire
One of my best friends during my checkered career in corporate America was Frank Angle. Frank had an inexhaustible supply of jokes, and he was especially good at telling ones that required a foreign accent or whatever accent the joke required. The following was one of my favorites which Frank told in a perfect Oxford English accent until the punch line, embellishing a bit as he went along.
"Four gentlemen waited at each day for the tube in London carrying briefcases, London Times, pipes and umbrellas. Each day they boarded the train and sat opposite each other, two by two, folded their newspapers and rode in complete silence.
"After a couple of months the eldest gentleman cleared his throat and said in a pronounced Ox-Bridge accent: 'Gentlemen, we've been riding together now for several months so it's only proper that we introduce ourselves.' He continued as follows 'Smithers-Trevelyan, brigadier, retired, Oxford '42, married, two sons, both barristers' and looked to the gentleman facing him in the opposite seat.
"The second gentleman responded 'Lloyd-Terwilliger, Sandhurst '47, brigadier, retired, married, two sons, both doctors.'
"The third man continued 'Brown-Garrison, Eton '49, Cambridge '53, brigadier, retired, married, two sons, both bankers.'
"Whereupon the first three men looked at their fourth companion who hesitated a moment and, in a Scottish brogue, said 'MacGregor, sergeant major, retired, not married, two sons, both brigadiers.'"