The Year Was 1923

The year is 1923. In 1923, do you know who was:
  1. President of the largest steel company?
  2. President of the largest gas company?
  3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
  4. Greatest wheat speculator?
  5. President of the Bank International Settlement?
  6. Great Bear of Wall Street?
Now, these men should have been considered some of the world's most successful men. At least, they found the secret to making bundles of money. Now, 90 years later, the history book asks us, do we know what actually became of these men?

1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
4. The greatest 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, 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 Sarazan. What became of him, you ask? Well, he played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95, and was extremely financially secure at the time of his death. What can we learn from this quiz? Stop worrying about business and other bullshit and start playing golf. FORE!