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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

[Cover] Wisconsin alumnus,   pp. [1]-2

Page 2

    Sometime in his life,
          almost every man
    dreams of being a
"W 7ANT the regular, Mr. Cunningham
  V   -medium on the sides and clipper
in back? Fine. Would you mind holding
your paper up for a minute so I can get
this cloth set? There, that does it.
  "I see you're reading about Skipper
Drake, too. He's doing all right for him-
self, isn't he?
  "Sure, it's a lot of money. But I guess
Skipper is worth it. He's the best hitter in
the league and a terrific drawing card.
Guess the club can well afford to pay him
eighty thousand a year.
   "Maybe you didn't know it, Mr. Cun-
 ningham, but I used to play a little base-
 ball myself-thirty, thirty-five years ago.
 Did it for fun, mostly. But I always had
 a kind of sneaking ambition to get on a
 big-league team. You know-play my
 way to fame and fortune and all that.
 "Never made it, though. It's like that
 with a lot of kids, I guess. You dream of
 being a big leaguer or a great inventor or
 a captain of industry or something-and
 then you wind up just doing a job.
 "It used to worry me that I wasn't on
 my way to being a millionaire. And after
 I got married and started raising a family
 I tried to figure out all kinds of ways to
 make a heap of money in a hurry.
 "A little more off the top? Why sure,
 Mr. Cunningham.
 "You know Ted Barrows, the New
 York Life agent down the street? Yes, I
 guess, most everybody in town does. Well,
 Ted's the man who set me right about the
 whole thing, back about twenty-five years
 ago. He was in here one day, in this same
 chair, getting a haircut just like you, and
 we got to talking about exactly this sort
 of thing. 'I'll tell you,' Ted said to me,
 'What really counts isn't how much money
 you make, but how much security and
peace of mind you buy with what you
do make.'
say, and before long Ted Barrows was
back here showing me how, just by putting
the price of a few haircuts into life insur-
ance every so often, I could set up a fund
for my family in case I died and at the
same time start building something for
my own old age.
   "I guess the reason I'm telling you all
 this is that the other night Marie and I
 finally decided to sell the shop and move
 to the little place up in the country where
 we've been spending our vacations. It's
 nothing fancy, but it'll do-especially
 with our daughter married and young Joe
 working in Chicago.
   "No, I never got to be a Skipper Drake
or anything like that, but I figure I've
done pretty well for my family and my-
self over the years, at that.
   "Haircut look all right to you? Thanks
very much, Mr. Cunningham-and come
in again. I'll probably be busy fishing, but
the new man will take good care of you."
FEW OCCUPATIONS offer a man so much in
the way of personal reward as life under-
writing. Many New York Life agents are
buildingvery substantial futures for them-
selves by helping others plan ahead for
theirs. If you would like to know more
about a life insurance career, talk it over
with the New York Life manager in your
community-or write to the Home Office
at the address below.
                                      NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
"Well, one word led to another, as they  51 Madison Avenue, New York
10, N. Y.
Naturally, names used in this story are fictitious.
                    WISCONSIN ALUMNUS

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