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Moving Dirt

R.G. LeTourneau was a Christian business owner of a large earth-moving equipment company that had a lot of firsts.  It was the first company to make jack-up drilling platforms, the first company to make a log-stacker machine, the first company to make an intermodal crane.  LeTourneau supplied 70% of the Allies earth-moving equipment during World War II.

R.G. often told this story – ” We used to have a scraper known as the Model “G”.  Somebody asked one of our salesmen what the “G” stood for.  The salesman promptly replied, “Well, I guess the “G” stands for gossip, because like gossip, the machine moves a lot of dirt, and moves it fast.”

Isn’t that how it is with gossip? There is an awfully lot of dirt that is pushed around and boy does it travel fast even if it might not be true.



  1. tabitha59reachingout says:

    Good one and very true. I have seen how a rose bush can turn into a dumpster pretty fast, and how a concussion can turn into being cut in half. Crazy!

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  2. Sounds positive. Good luck with the sales

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  3. The True Light! says:

    Now if we could only find an “L” scraper with the same ability to move God’s love around as quickly and thoroughly!


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  4. HA! That’s a good one! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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  5. milliethom says:

    How true that is about gossip, Tony – and what a good story to illustrate it. Uncontrolled gossip can cause so much hurt as it gathers both speed and ‘additional’ material. 🙂

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