The Quote That Got Away…

This is as good a place to start as any.  One of Bob’s favorite topics is Income Inequality in America, and he’s given a lot of thought to it. Back in 2011, when ___ was going on, he posted the following Facebook comment on Michael Moore’s page:

“If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers, we call him crazy. If a woman lives in a trailer crawling with cats, we say she’s nuts. But when someone hoards enough wealth to impoverish the nation so that children go hungry and bridges collapse, we pretend they are a role model and put them on the cover of Forbes.”

Immediately this quote took on a life of its own and was shared by random people on Facebook.  (Shared how many times/liked?)

Unfortunately, it  wasn’t attributed to Bob. As it spread across the Internet, this colorful quote was mysteriously credited to some dude named “B. Lester.”

B. Lester?

It’s a mystery how that happened, or exactly who this figure is. The closest we can come to figuring it out is that it might be Lester B. Pearson, a former Canadian Prime Minister who once won the Nobel Peace Prize. Shrug! If so, Bob is in good company. And now, of course, it’s become a family joke. A lot of stuff gets attributed to B. Lester, both good and bad!

 

Somehow stumbled across Facebook tool to download EVERYTHING you’ve ever done on Facebook. Mine was 122M.

Found the first occasion where my “Hoarding” quote, nowadays being attributed to “B. Lester“, was forwarded:

Fai Borowiec “If someone has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats we call her nuts. But when people pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation, we put them on the cover of Fortune magazine and pretend that they are role models.” ~ Bob Alberti
March 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm-

I have no idea who ‘B. Lester‘ is, but I came up with this last April.

If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers, we call him crazy. If a woman lives in a trailer crawling with cats, we say she’s nuts. But when someone hoards enough wealth to impoverish the nation so that children go hungry and bridges collapse, we pretend they are a role model and put them on the cover of Forbes.

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