Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 23, 2012

Oh, what's it like to be super rich?

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There was always one catch. The recipient of the check could tell no one _ other than a spouse _ how he or she got the dough, under penalty of forfeiting whatever might be left.

Some folks thrived, but others found nothing but misery from their newfound bounty. And, I suppose, John Beresford Tipton’s investigations into those people’s lives would probably brand him as a stalker today.

Still, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the resources to anonymously give a million dollars to a hard-working waitress or a guy who stayed late at work when he didn’t have to so you could buy your kid a last-minute present?

Or to anonymously take care of the car-repair bills of someone drowning in debt or see to it that a grandmother could be generous to her grandchildren and still be able to see a doctor when something hurts?

Why would anyone want to be president when he could be John Beresford Tipton?

Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.

Indeed.

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Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. Contact him at spollak@thedailystar.com.

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