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Last Words

I always try to give you something to think about for the blog. Especially a mid-week blog.

James D. French was executed in Oklahoma in 1966He had been sentenced to jail with a life sentence but couldn’t bear it. So, he wanted to commit suicide but was but was too afraid. He concocted a solution to his fear. He murdered his cellmate so that the state 0f Oklahoma would execute him.

Sure enough, he was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. At his execution by electric chair, he was asked if he had any final words. His reply?  How’s this for your headline… French Fries.  

Steve Jobs’s sister claims that his last words were Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow. Now, people wonder what he saw before he died.

Surgeon Joseph Henry Green was checking his own pulse as he lay dying. His last word… Stopped.

Poet Emily Dickinson was famous for phrases as “it is better to be the hammer than the anvil”. He last dying words… I must go in, for the fog is rising.

Inventor Thomas Edison awoke from a coma, opened his eyes and said these words before dying, It is very beautiful over there.

Something to think about for the blog… Last words.

And our source of wisdom in pic o’ day…

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The Apple Contract Story

This is a story of a missed opportunity. Get ready, you will shake your head at what this contract really means.

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On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded. (Motley Fool) It really was no amazing feat because all that really meant was that three friends met in a bedroom. That is a little different than the story of folklore that it all started in a garage.

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, formed Apple. Jobs had given Wayne a 10% interest in the company. Jobs had decided that he needed Ronald Wayne to help serve as a tie breaker over conflicts between Jobs and Wozniak. They apparently were notorious in their arguments.

Wayne got nervous when they all had to go into debt to fulfull an order for computers that were being sold to a company called the Byte Shop. All three were going to be jointly responsible for the business loan.

Wayne had just come out of a difficult financial situation, so he got nervous over being possibly personally responsible for the  business loan. In his mind, he was thinking that it would cause him to go bankrupt. So, he renounced his ownership of the 10%, for a one-time payment of $800.

When Apple went public, its market value at that time was 1.6 billion. Easy math tells us that Wayne’s share would have been 160 million right then. Of course, it would have gone into the billions if he had not sold his shares.

Now, here’s the kicker. That picture that started this blog is the contract for the $800 sale. At the end of 2011, that original contract sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.35 million. Unfortunately, Wayne did not even own that. The contract was worth more than his share of his Apple ownership stock.

Today, Wayne lives off Social Security and receives some income from his hobby of stamp and coin collecting. Ironically, he has never owned an Apple product.

He came to a fork in the road back then… and he took it.  Choices.

I knew that this story would just make you shake your head. Well, I’m not sure it will make you put on your Superhero costume,  but… yes, shake your head.

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And for our DID YOU KNOW from the computer world.   Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, was a college drop out.

And for pic o’ day, I call this some advice on barking: (the most interesting dog in the world?)

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Best of Bieber- Round 2

 

The Rich and Their Rules

Steve Jobs was famous for wearing black turtleneck shirts, New Balance sneakers and blue jeans. As a business man, he looked the part of a rule breaker.

In his biography, Jobs claimed that he ended up wearing the black turtlenecks, because his employees complained loudly when he announced that he wanted to have a “wholly original” uniform, and it was going to be a nylon jacket. When that didn’t go over well… the turtleneck “uniform” was the choice of attire.

If you read his biography, you’ll learn that his outward appearance was an indication of his life. During his lifetime, if you ventured on to the Apple parking lot, it reportedly was not unusual to see his Mercedes parked in a handicapped parking spot.

His Mercedes SL55 AMG was photographed may times over the years. In each picture, there is never a license plate. Do you think that he wanted to maintain his privacy; which caused him to quickly run up and take off the license plate  before each photo?

You know that’s not the answer because you continue to accumulate amazing information by reading the Joel Bieber blog! You have the combined intelligence of the CIA coupled with cat-like instincts.  You search farther and refuse to take No for a Yes. You don’t even have to stay at Holiday Inn Express. (snagged an old advertising campaign there)

There was never a license plate in the pictures because Jobs was a rule breaker. But, he wasn’t a law breaker. In fact, he learned about an unusual loophole in California law. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix a license plate to the back of their new car.

Jobs worked out a deal with a local leasing company. He would always get a new Mercedes during the sixth month of the lease. So, at no time did any of his cars fit outside the time requirement of affixing a license plate to the back of the car. It wasn’t the intent of the law but it was the letter of the law. And, it made the leasing company happy. Plus, someone out there kept buying 6 month old cars, after Jobs was turning them in.

Pic o’ day, “What are you missing?”

The Rich and their Rules

Steve Jobs was famous for wearing black turtleneck shirts, New Balance sneakers and blue jeans. As a business man, he looked the part of a rule breaker.

In his biography, Jobs claimed that he ended up wearing the black turtlenecks, because his employees complained loudly when he announced that he wanted to have a “wholly original” uniform, and it was going to be a nylon jacket. When that didn’t go over well… the turtleneck “uniform” was the choice of attire.

     If you read his biography, you’ll learn that his outward appearance was an indication of his life. During his lifetime, if you ventured on to the Apple parking lot, it reportedly was not unusual to see his Mercedes parked in a handicapped parking spot.

His Mercedes SL55 AMG was photographed may times over the years. In each picture, there is never a license plate. Do you think that he wanted to maintain his privacy; which caused him to quickly run up and take off the license plate  before each photo?

You know that’s not the answer because you continue to accumulate amazing information by reading the Joel Bieber blog! You have the combined intelligence of the CIA coupled with cat-like instincts.  You search farther and refuse to take No for a Yes. You don’t even have to stay at Holiday Inn Express. (snagged an old advertising campaign there)

There was never a license plate in the pictures because Jobs was a rule breaker. But, he wasn’t a law breaker. In fact, he learned about an unusual loophole in California law. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix a license plate to the back of their new car.

Jobs worked out a deal with a local leasing company. He would always get a new Mercedes during the sixth month of the lease. So, at no time did any of his cars fit outside the time requirement of affixing a license plate to the back of the car. It wasn’t the intent of the law but it was the letter of the law. And, it made the leasing company happy. Plus, someone out there kept buying 6 month old cars, after Jobs was turning them in.

And for St Paddy’s Day, we turn pic o’ day focus to a strange Leprechaun:

 

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