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So what does it cost to rent a 100-foot yacht like this one.

The answer is a short Google away.

$7,500 a day more or less. That would be $52,000 for a week or $225,000 a month or $2,737,500 a year.

I am just asssuming that would include crew and provisions. I could be wrong on this.

I have spent my life with journalists. Sure, there were a couple who were crap, but most of them were dedicated people. They felt as strongly about telling stories truthfully as paramedics and firemen feel about saving lives.

After 35 years in the business, I can afford to rent a 100-foot yacht for a month and then live on cat food for the rest of my life.

I was lucky. I was able to save 10 percent of my salary for 30 years.

Had I married and had children, I would be pennyless even if I didn’t get divorced.

Some would say I am unlucky.

The point is there are these things – yachts. I didn’t do a study but there appear to be lots of them. One site has three of them, plus lots of smaller yachts, in Miami.

The people I knew in my job worked hard. The top editors, who made maybe enough for two months on a yacht and cat food, worked hard.

Exactly what is it you have to do to have one of these things in your backyard?

I can’t imagine that the people who have them worked any harder than the people I worked with because that is simply impossible.

They can’t be that much smarter. I know the Bell curve. Almost everyone in a newsroom is on the high side.

So why is it that some people can afford to spend in a month what I managed to save in 30 years?

And what did they do that was so valuable that they were paid so much?

Here is what Jonas Salk did.

In 1947, Salk accepted an appointment to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1948, he undertook a project funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to determine the number of different types of polio virus. Salk saw an opportunity to extend this project towards developing a vaccine against polio, and, together with the skilled research team he assembled, devoted himself to this work for the next seven years. The field trial set up to test the Salk vaccine was “the most elaborate program of its kind in history, involving 20,000 physicians and public health officers, 64,000 school personnel, and 220,000 volunteers.” Over 1,800,000 school children took part in the trial.[2] When news of the vaccine’s success was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was hailed as a “miracle worker”, and the day “almost became a national holiday.” His sole focus had been to develop a safe and effective vaccine as rapidly as possible, with no interest in personal profit. When he was asked in a televised interview who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied: “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter. He did not receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine, which would have paid $1.4 million – or about six months on a yacht.

Dick Cheney, on the other hand, had 433,333 shares of Haliburton.

Dick Cheney gave us a war.


Written by Charles Keefer

March 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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  1. perhaps it is just me, but you seem to be having what we call in the medical (psych) field as “flight of ideas, in other words- skipping from one subject to another,
    Why would it matter if someone else thought you were lucky or unlucky in the turns YOUR life took, it is after all YOUR life, and if you are happy with it, that is all that matters. On the other hand, some have gotten so used to a mediocre life they don;t know the difference. JUDGEMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by whom
    on the subject of those yacht people (having lived and worked with and for “THOSE PEOPLE”) most of them are “handed down” the life style, after all they are just things, and is that really the sum of a person, we of course know it is not. besides do you really want to spend a week/month on one of them?
    And most of them spend inordinate amount of time worrying about the money or trying yo get someone else to foot the bill, because they don’t have any left.,


    March 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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