Text By Nate

Nate has his own way of saying things. While we push him to talk correctly, we also don’t want to hammer out the things that make him unique. His pronunciations are off sometimes, mostly to comic effect. It’s what I lovingly call “Natespeak.”

I was headed to Oneonta and bound to end up at Wal-Mart. I asked Nate what he needed, and he made up his shopping list (above).

That “Mr. Katz” bit never fails to make me laugh. It’s like Nate just met me! He does that when he signs birthday cards too. At the bottom of the card, the other kids write, “Love, Rob” and “Love, Joey.” Nate writes “Love, Nate Katz.”

His note is full of demands, couched in sweetness. “Get ’em for me!” Who writes that in a list? And the exclamation point? He really need copy paper!

Nate has also taken to writing little blurbs of personal information for his own pleasure, short autobiographies centered around TV shows and movies. Here’s his latest:

Tron 2-Pack on DVD/Blu-Ray Combo: 

After seeing the movie Tron in early 2005 (although released in 1982), and after my family and I saw Tron: Legacy in the theaters for 12/17/2010 (because it was in 3D like the other movies of that year), I was hoping to bring the world of Tron in my house.  I chose to get the two Tron movies on DVD/Blu-Ray (with the BD packaging, just like when I got all three Toy Story movies in that type), after their release on 4/5/2011.

First, I find it endearing that he uses “for” instead of  “on” 12/17/2010. Second, only Nate actually says things like “the world of Tron.” He doesn’t just write phrases like that, trite PR-type lingo that is usually reserved for ad copy. He talks that way! Third, in typical Nate fashion, he is always self-referential. His mind is consumed by dates, DVD purchases, movies etc. He quite often will bring a non-sequitur into his conversation, like this: I remember when we saw Tron; it was the same day of the premiere of BATHtastic! on  the DIY Network. Fourth, not all movies last year were in 3D, only the ones Nate saw.

Our house is semi-covered in Nate documents. They never fail to give us a laugh, or astound us with his knowledge and skill. It’s still fun having him around.


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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