Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Birthday Boy

Yeah that's right gentle reader, it's my birthday.

It's always fun to look up who was born on the same date. I always get the same return: Lou Gehrig, Salman Rushdie, Kathleen Turner, Paula Abdul, and by far, the most recognizable face in the mix...Garfield.

Speaking of dates, history and the like, my golfin' pal, Shooter McCombover gave me these observations as a digital birthday present. Truer words were never truer...

In 1923, Who Was:
1. President of the largest steel company?
2. President of the largest gas company?
3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
4. Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world's most successful business titans of their day. Now, 84 years later, the history books ask us, if we know what ultimately became of them.

The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company. Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.
5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.
6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

However: in that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion and the winner of the most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen.

What became of him? He played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95. He was financially secure at the time of his death.

The Moral: Screw work. Play golf.

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