Stano Law Firm April 2019

monthly “You are not alone.”

April 2019

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE P. BURDELL

FROM THE DESK OF

Paul Stano

ARE YOU PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORMS OF AGING?

Ah, it’s April, and that means a mix of weather that includes sun, rain, and maybe even snow. You literally never know what to expect. We Clevelanders know that the key to surviving spring in Cleveland is being prepared for it. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather — just bad clothing choices. Well, the same can be said for life care planning. There’s no such thing as bad planning — just choosing not to plan. It’s funny that the people who are prepared to weather any storm are caught by surprise when a spouse or a parent is suddenly struck by a health care crisis that sends them to a nursing home and quickly depletes all of their savings. Don’t get caught in the storm. Come to one of our FREE monthly workshops and learn the strategies savvy seniors use to weather the storms of life care planning.

T he L ife and T imes of G eorge P. B urdell

Whether April Fools’ Day is a time-honored western tradition or a tired, unfunny festival of eyerolls depends on who you ask. Ask the mom who just got blasted with water via the old “rubber band on the sink sprayer” trick, and you’ll probably find the latter. But ask the kid who planted the trap, and you’ll get a hearty, cackling endorsement. Even if you’re sick of watching your back on April Fools’ Day and tired of the corporate cash grabs masquerading as (mostly) bad jokes that pop up like clockwork every year, you still have to give it up for the classics. Even the most bitter among us must admit that some pranks are so clever, elaborate, and inspired that they deserve their place in the annals of history. The name “George P. Burdell” will certainly reverberate through the hall of hoaxes for decades to come. Never make a clerical error with a young student who has too much time on his hands. In 1927, when William Edgar Smith was mistakenly sent a second enrollment form for the Georgia Institute of Technology, he had an idea. Combining the name of his then-principal, George P. Butler, with Burdell, the maiden name of his best friend’s mother, he enrolled the fictitious George P. Burdell in the prestigious university. Next, Smith signed Burdell up for all his same classes and, for the next four years, completed every bit of his schoolwork twice — once under his own name and once under Burdell’s, changing a few details here and there and varying his handwriting slightly so as not to raise suspicion. GEORGE COMES TO LIFE

–Paul

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