Humor: A Life Lesson Learned From America's Most Successful Professionals Subject: Story about America's most successful with a brilliant moral. In 1923 who was: 1. The President of the largest steel company? 2. The President of the largest gas company? 3. The President of the New York Stock Exchange? 4. The greatest wheat speculator? 5. The President of the Bank of International Settlement? 6. The Great Bear of Wall Street? These men were considered some of the world's most successful of their days. Now, almost one hundred 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 compay, Edward Hopson, went insane. 3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home. 4. The great 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 Sarazen? 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.