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Tom Jackson: Banker’s pay-it-forward tale is essence of America

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Hjalma Johnson, small-town banker, international mensch and most devoted of Bull Gators, is never without a story pertinent to the moment. But he knows his listener’s time is precious, and so, even as he dives in, as if there were a pull-string in the middle of his back, he inevitably tenders this offer: “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.” Because, at 82, he is a notorious recycler, seven times out of 10 the listener has, in fact, heard…

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