Yolofsky Law April 2019

THE HERO I N S I DE R THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE P. BURDELL

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Spring is finally here! In South Florida, spring usually lasts about 5–7 days, no matter what the calendar says. The dog days of summer are fast approaching, as is hurricane season. Time to update your summer vacation and disaster plans. Speaking of, how did your 2018 tax plan work out? With Tax Day (April 15th) arriving soon, now is a perfect opportunity to gauge how well your planning worked . . . or didn’t. If you’re surprised by your tax return or you have miscalculated your planning, now is a perfect time to re-evaluate your financial affairs. Might not be a bad idea to direct your spring cleaning efforts towards your tax planning strategies. It is also a perfect time to focus on getting ahead for next year. Are you ready to get your financial ducks in a row? Yes, we ask many questions of you. We do it because we are committed to helping people live outstanding, enjoyable lives. More on this in the months to come.

One of the Most Elaborate Pranks in History

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

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