Mark Blumenthal


I was getting a ride to a tournament from my apartment in  Philadelphia.  In the front of the car were Adele and Bernie Kotzen.  Adele was one of the more successful female players in Philadelphia in the sixties.  Her husband, Bernie, was a salesman who liked liked to brag about his family.  As we were well underway Bernie turned to me. He boasted that his son in law, who was very wealthy, was a self made man.  Bernie kept on telling how his son in law had made all of his money all by himself.

Finally, Adele, who must have heard this speech many times, broke in.  She drily said, “Of course, his being left a million dollars didn’t hurt.”   We didn’t hear about their son in law for the rest of the trip.

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