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Phyllis is convinced it's added ten years to my life.
It's so near.
When my partners Donald and Bob Haas came up to look
at it, they were quite overwhelmed by the place. They
thought that I was out of my head to but it. Donald, who
always kids me, made a remark that became the motto of the
place. He said, “Obviously you can't afford this place, but
with your luck, you son of a bitch, you'll strike oil.”
Almost immediately thereafter the “Cerfboard” column in
This Week came along, which paid me very well indeed, and
then “What's My Line?" added another big sum to my annual
income. Although the taxes were enormous, there was still
enough to pay for the upkeep of the entire place with these
two extra jobs. Donald was right. The Cerf luck carried
another day for us!
In the summer we live in Mt. Kisco. We spend July
and August there and I commute. In the winter we don't go
up very often. We're having a few changes made. It costs
about as much now to change two rooms as it did to buy the
whole place sixteen years ago. But I expect to spend quite ^
a lot of time, when I get older, up there during the summer
months! It's a pleasant prospect.
It's a lovely town and area really.
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