Xerxes Whitney teaches and coaches middle school tennis, and is now pursuing motivational speaking. David Briggs

Xerxes Whitney recited the first poem by heart. His gaze was firm and straight beneath his tan pageboy cap, meeting this reporter’s eyes as he offered up the title poem of a self-published 1999 volume, What’s Your Name

It recounts his feelings about the first impressions people have upon meeting Mr . . .

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