A very wealthy man, old and desperately ill, summons to his
bedside his three closest advisors: his doctor, his priest,
and his lawyer. "I know," he says, "they say 'you can't take
it with you.' But who knows? Suppose they're mistaken. I'd
like to have something with me, just in case. So I am giving
each of you an envelope containing one hundred thousand dollars
and I would be grateful if at my funeral you would put the
envelopes in my coffin, so that if it turns out that it's
useful, I'll have something."
They each agree to carry out his wish.
Sure enough, after just a few weeks, the old man passes
away. At his funeral, each of the three advisors is seen slipping
something into the coffin. After the burial, as the three
are walking away together, the doctor turns to the other two
and says, "Friends, I have a confession to make. As you know,
at the hospital we are desperate because of the cutbacks in
funding. Our CAT SCAN machine broke down and we haven't be
able to get a new one. So, I took $20,000 of our friend's
money for a new CAT SCAN and put the rest in the coffin as
At this the priest says, "I, too have a confession to make.
As you know, our church is simply overwhelmed by the problem
of the homeless. The needs keep increasing and we have nowhere
to turn. So I took $50,000 from the envelope for our homeless
fund and put the rest in the coffin as our friend requested."
Fixing the other two in his gaze, the lawyer says "I am astonished
and deeply disappointed that you would treat so casually our
solemn undertaking to our friend. I want you to know that
I placed in his coffin my personal check for the full one
hundred thousand dollars."
1789 - The United State's Post Office was formed.
Stock market panic due to crashing gold prices caused by
an attempt to corner the market by Gould and Fisk in 1869.
1948 - The Honda Motor Company was founded in Japan.
1954 - Tonight Show premiered on NBC, hosted by Steve Allan.
1957 - MLB's Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets
1964 - The Munsters premiered on CBS.
1968 - 60 Minutes debuted on CBS.
1977 - The Love Boat premiered on ABC.
The Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) debuted with Star Wars in 1992.