The Webby Awards allow winners to give a 5 word speech.

Only 5 words. Like some sort of geek haiku.

It’s great because it forces people to be pretty darn creative.

In 2000, I used my 5 words to play charades.

This year I tried to so something along the same lines.

My speech didn’t work well in text…But I’m really happy with how it felt.

It was like a ‘21 Hug Salute’ to Grandpa.

I felt authentic in that moment.

I felt like I was sitting in the still truth that roots Hug Nation.

I was standing in Love.

THANK YOU to everyone who is a part of Hug Nation. Thank you for all the love.

the speech:

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  • ari

    Congratulations John. That was lovely.

  • spotman

    That was beautiful! Put a big smile on my face seeing you up there! keep rocking it Hal!

  • Kelly Fay

    Bravo! Well done!

  • Raven

    what a GREAT great speech!!!!!!!


  • drew olanoff

    best speech ever man.

  • Meegs

    Perfect. Simple. Beautiful.

  • irina slutsky

    thanks so much for sharing your grandfather with us! i didnt really have one or two even, so its so nice

  • ytcracker

    you are the man hal – a heartfelt 5 words

  • JRay


  • jenn

    love and hugs for Grandpa, you and all the world xXx

  • Stu

    Less is More!
    God Blesses All
    Hugs Make God Smile

  • QueenMaryLady

    You could not have done it any more perfect. Awesome job and congratulations! ((hugs)) 🙂

  • ladyvae

    There needs to be more people like you. You have touched so many in a great way!

  • Jim G

    No one could have said something so meaningful so eloquently, no matter how they try. Those five words put a lot into a simple demonstration of agape, and only our Savior could have done better. May you continue to be blessed, and may God smile upon your work, for you are carrying out the Great Commandment.
    My prayers and hopes go with you everywhere, and keep up the good work.

  • a_delle

    lovely and heartfelt.

  • Longbeak153

    this is a great thing for grampa calob

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