The chairman of a local chamber of commerce had to introduce the speaker of the organization’s annual black-tie dinner.
“The man who I am about to introduce,” he said, “is someone I know you’ll enjoy listening to. He is the most gifted businessman in the country. He has made one hundred million dollars in California oil.”
The speaker, embarrassed, came to the podium.
“Thank you for your kind introduction, Mr Chairman”, he said.
“However, the facts need some clarification. It wasn’t oil; it was coal. It wasn’t California; it was Pennsylvania. It wasn’t one hundred million; it was one hundred thousand. It wasn’t me; it was my brother. And he didn’t make it; he lost it.”