This story elaborates on my post, “SCRATCH ON THE POOL TABLE OF LIFE,” and goes on from there.
People who marched to Dad’s doorstep with investment ideas, at first, were either extraordinarily interesting or entertaining.
Take Huntington Hartford, for instance. Though unknown to me, he was the storied scion of A&P. When I met him, I wasn’t aware of this, I thought he was just another eccentric inventor. Apparently, the world is full of them. Huntington’s investment idea was a tennis-type game he had invented called “tennet.” As recounted in my post, “IN DEMAND, AND THEN NOT,” Dad and I drove to his apartment at the River House on Manhattan’s East Side. I played a game with Hartford (set in a squash court); he apparently made a pitch to my Dad to invest in his game. Dad said no. I forgot about this meeting until many years later, when I started writing this blog.
Ever heard of tennet?
I didn’t think so. Good thing my Dad passed on it.