Re: “Skull, Bones and Electricity”

On Sep 19, 2007, at 10:02 AM, Carl Remick wrote:

The online site where I found a text of Bartleby has a footnote that (needlessly) describes the estimable John Jacob Astor in these terms: “A poor German immigrant to the United States, Astor (1763-1848) was immensely successful in fur trading and real estate, becoming the richest man of his time. However, his name was synonymous with the worst abuses of big business: monopoly, worker exploitation, and political corruption.”

Ah, but now it’s just synonymous with a stop on the 6 train.


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