Penn Jillette Talks About His 2nd Appearance On "Late Night w/ David Letterman" & The Actual Segment
- Published: 26 May 2015
- Penn told this story and it provided a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the difference between recollection/a story VS the real event as there was video of the event.
The audio at the beginning is an excerpt from episode 168 of Penn's Sunday School:
"...that's the same kind of crap... you get out of guys who were not involved and came in many years after. It's just like Tom Brokaw's book if you'll pardon the analogy here, about the best of the breed or something like that. Well, every guy who wrote his story about World War II did it fifty years after it happened. I'm a victim of the same damn thing. I tell it the way I remember it, and that's not the way it happened. I go back and I read a report that I did 55 years ago and I say, hmm, I'd better tell that story a little bit different. Well, that's human nature. You tell it the way you believe it and that's not necessarily the way that it happened. There's nothing more true than that." -Chuck Yeager, USAF officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot