A Tumblr site from Austin Kleon pointed me to this clip from a documentary called Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
GQ even posted a selection of her typed cards.
|Bob Hope's Joke Vault ( LOC exhibit c- A Leibovitz)|
Apparently Milton Berle and George Carlin had also developed sophisticated systems for organizing and retrieving their jokes. Bob Hope had what was called a "joke vault."
Lawyers like stand up comics live by their wits and have to be prepared with their "best material" in every context. The average 21st Century lawyer has the advantage of access to sophisticated technology, yet they remain largely adverse to contributing even the most basic descriptive attributes (e.g. a meaningful title beyond the word "memo" or " contract") for documents they may have invested weeks in drafting. In large firms, lawyers have knowledge professionals ready and willing to help them select, vet, normalize and code documents as exemplars for future use. Lawyers still don't "get" the dramatic impact that even small amounts of curation effort can have on improving access to "their best material." So why is it that stand up comics appear to have a penchant for knowledge management that evades many lawyers?