While prowling the digital ftp site, I stumbled upon this bit of internet history:
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 89 19:05:59 CST
To: someone else
Subject: good luck message
Did you know who in 1923 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 should have been considered some of the world's most successful
men. At least they found the secret of making money. Now more than 55 years
later, do you know what has become of these men?
1. The President of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
2. The President of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, is insane.
3. The President of the N.Y.S.E., Richard Whitney, was released from prison
to die at home.
4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, insolvent.
5. The President of the Bank of International Settlement shot himself.
6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Rivermore, died of suicide.
The same year, 1923, the winner of the most important golf championship,
Gene Sarazan, won the U.S. Open and PGA Tournaments. Today he is still
playing golf and is solvent.
CONCLUSION: STOP WORRYING ABOUT BUSINESS AND START PLAYING GOLF
This letter originated in The Netherlands, has been passed around the
world at least 20 times, bringing good luck to everyone who passed it on. The
one who breaks the chain will have bad luck.
Do not keep this letter. Do not send money. Just have your wonderful,
efficient cpu make five additional copies and send it to five of
your friends to whom you wish good luck. You will see that something good
happens to you four days from now if the chain is not broken. This is not a
joke. You will receive good luck in four days.