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A little history lesson
« on: 01.10. 2012 21:39 »

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 worlds most successful of their days. Now, 88 years later, the history book asks 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 winner of the world's most important road race, The Isle of Man T.T., was Stanley Woods.

What became of him?

He won 10 T.T. Races between 1923 and 1939.  He lived on the Isle of Man and rode motorcycles all his life. He lapped the island circuit at 82 mph in 1957 (The Golden Jubilee) aged 54.  He was a wealthy man when he died aged 90.

The Moral:

BUGGER WORK. Ride motorbikes.

Jim

 

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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #1 on: 01.10. 2012 22:31 »

Couldn't agree more...
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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #2 on: 01.10. 2012 22:39 »

Forgive me for my lack of sympathy *whistle*
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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #3 on: 02.10. 2012 08:15 »
 So us dumbass BSA riders will live forever. Broke but you get used to it.
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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #4 on: 02.10. 2012 10:04 »
Perhaps that's where we are going wrong Muskrat. Stanley Woods raced Cottons, Nortons and Moto Guzzis - never a BSA so never had the spares bills we have.  *lol*

Jim
1959 A10 SR
1938 Wolseley 14/60
1955 Ferguson TEF20 tractor
1965 Ferguson 135 tractor
1952 Matchless G80 rigid
1960 BMW R60
1954 Matchless G80S
1955 Ariel 500 VH
1951 Sunbeam S7DL
1960 Matchless G12 with Watsonian Monza
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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #5 on: 02.10. 2012 11:38 »
Hell Jim, for my sins  i'm in financial services i now get a glimnce of the future mapped out for me by the FSA, after all they've done everything else to us already to make our lives hell !!
Let me get this right ,I'll have to tell the wife that the only way I can avoid jail,having to move penniless abroad ,go insane , become a bad shot ( to enable me to..)  then commit suicide twice ,just to make sure; is by riding my bike more often ...... actually seems a decent  plan to me , I'll try it , will report back ,many thanks for the advice ,BobH
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Re: A little history lesson
« Reply #6 on: 02.10. 2012 12:31 »
Sounds like a plan Bob  *smile*

Jim
1959 A10 SR
1938 Wolseley 14/60
1955 Ferguson TEF20 tractor
1965 Ferguson 135 tractor
1952 Matchless G80 rigid
1960 BMW R60
1954 Matchless G80S
1955 Ariel 500 VH
1951 Sunbeam S7DL
1960 Matchless G12 with Watsonian Monza
......and loads of lawnmowers

Too old to Rock and Roll but too young to die  (Jethro Tull 1976)