77e: Ray Charles
Evelyn Woodski Slow Reading Course
Announcer ... Dan Aykroyd
Man ... Garrett Morris
Woman ... Jane Curtin
Surgeon ... Bill Murray
... Ray Charles
Announcer V/O: [The following words rapidly
appear on a blue screen as they are read by the
fast-talking announcer:] This is the way you were
taught to read, averaging hundreds or thousands of
words per minute. [The words disappear and the
following words gradually appear as they are read by
the same announcer, very slowly:] This is ... the way
... you could ... be reading ... with the ... EVELYN
WOODSKI ... slow ... reading ... course.
[Dissolve to a pipe-smoking man at a desk.]
Man: Sure, I was skeptical. I think everybody
is. But, believe me, I can now read ten, maybe twelve
times slower than before.
[Cut to a woman in an easy chair as she reads a book,
running her index finger slowly along the text.
Suddenly, she bursts out laughing.]
Woman: [serious, to the camera] I used to be a
heavy speed reader and I never laughed when I read
Mark Twain. But, now that I take my time, I find him
very funny. Did you know that reading all the words in
a story can help you understand the humor?
[Cut to a surgeon in full surgical garb, including
mask and rubber gloves.]
Surgeon: I'm a brain surgeon and, uh, I used to
just fly through these technical medical journals, you
know? And I found I was makin' a lot of mistakes in
the operating room. And now, with the Evelyn Woodski
slow reading course, I catch more o' the important
procedural stuff, you know? And I find I'm a better
surgeon for it.
[Dissolve back to the blue screen.]
Announcer V/O: Yes, Evelyn Woodski can help you
enjoy reading again. [suddenly loud, rapid]
Whyreadlikethis?! [Text appears quickly on screen:
"Why should you have to read like this?" - then
disappears; the following words gradually appear as
they are read by the same announcer, very slowly:]
When ... you ... can ... read ... like this?
[Dissolve to Ray Charles, seated in easy chair,
reading a book in Braille.]
Ray Charles: And there's ... Evelyn ...
Woodski's ... slow ... reading .... course ... for
Braille. I used to ... get ... blisters ... on my ...
fingers. [laughter and applause] Now ... I just ...
sit ... back and enjoy.
[Dissolve to graphic of a shelf of books with
superimposed text reading: EVELYN WOODSKI SLOW READING
Announcer V/O: Evelyn Woodski slow reading
course! Call 555-2972! Call now on this toll free
number for your first ... free ... lesson.