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August 19th, 2010

That's a lot of pennies @ 01:37 pm

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Fascinating story of copper heiress Huguette Clark, who has just marked her 104th birthday. Probably there wasn't much celebration; and not just because she's presumably somewhat ailing in her hospital bed. But because she's so reclusive that the last known photograph of her was taken in 1930. She's got a 21,666-square-foot house on 23 acres in Santa Barbara. Course she hasn't visited it in more than half a century.

To add some local color to the story, I note that she's the daughter of William Andrews Clark, for whom UCLA's Clark Library was named. The books, the building and the city block on which it stands were donated to UCLA by Clark Jr. -- Huguette's half-brother... after Clark Sr.'s first wife's "death, William began an affair with his teenage ward" -- who also founded the LA Philharmonic. Anyway, that's the kind of money we're talking about here.
 
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From:dark_of_night
Date:August 19th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
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That's crazy money in more ways than one.
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From:freudinshade
Date:August 19th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but it's crazy enough money that it's Eccentric.
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From:dark_of_night
Date:August 19th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
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LOL
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From:ajax
Date:August 20th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
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"...William began an affair with his teenage ward..."

We're talking Batman money, here!

--- Ajax.
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From:ian_tiberius
Date:August 19th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
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"She's got a 21,666-square-foot house on 23 acres in Santa Barbara. Course she hasn't visited it in more than half a century."

If the last photograph of her was taken in 1930, you'd think someone else would have shown up claiming to be her and be living there now.
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From:freudinshade
Date:August 20th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
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I hear you suggesting Grand Theft Mansion, the live game.
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From:colleenky
Date:August 20th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
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Wasn't that made into a TV show with Eddie Izzard? ;-)

Journal of No. 118