The Quote That Got Away…

Welcome to the premiere of our new blog! This is mainly the endeavor of Theresa, excited to gather up and promote the many media works and words of Bob (who has agreed to go along with it and humor her; yes, dear…). There are some quirky, informative and thought-provoking posts in the works. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

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This is as good a place to start this blog 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, he posted the following comment in a Facebook discussion:

“If someone 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 liked and shared by numerous random people on Facebook.

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

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 around our house… both good and bad!

Over the years, this quote has continued to pop up here and there, often as a meme.

Images found on the Internet

And you could even buy it as a hoodie:

(Go ahead, do a Google image search on this quote and you’ll see how crazy it is.)

When these would appear, Bob would attempt to notify the quoter or meme-maker that it was HIS quote (click here for a screen-capture of the original Facebook post), and sometimes they would add his name. But months or years later, the quote would resurface misattributed once again.

The most recent iteration popped up after the 2016 election, with new images and some editing. But it’s once again Bob’s quote all over again, no attribution.

That’s the story of the hoarding quote thus far. It’s been so very puzzling and mysterious to watch how it has meandered and resurfaced repeatedly since 2011. Now if it could just start bringing in some royalties…