“ The idea probably never would have occurred to me… I felt awkward and naturally self-conscious. But the fact that I was self-conscious made me annoyed with myself and I determined to try debating and see what it would do for me. To my surprise, I liked it. It helped me develop memory for lines that has been godsend since I started stage work, it gave me something of a stage presence and it helped me to get rid of awkwardness. Also I gradually developed the ability to speak extemporaneously, which has stood me in good stead many a time when a cue has been missed.
— Spencer Tracy on joining the Debate Team in college [x]