What’s It Worth?

I was just lounging in a big tub of nostalgia.  (Do I still have any on me?
When I was a kid, a dollar meant something, and there weren’t very many millionaires.

First, the farthing (quarter-penny) disappeared – then the half-pence – now, Canada’s penny is no more.  As inflation lops off the bottom, it piles more on top that we soon get used to.

I recently had the chance to re-watch the old movie, The Girl, The Gold Watch, And Everything.  The hero is accused of absconding with$27,000,000.  At first, I couldn’t understand the fuss that was being made.  Now, twenty-seven million is a nice piece of pocket-change.  As the embezzling Congressman said, “A million here – a million there – pretty soon it starts to add up.”  Pretty soon, mere millionaires are a dime-a-dozen.

The son dug out and lent me the John D. MacDonald book that the movie was based on.  He had the 1980, movie-novelization copy, but the book was originally written in 1962.  An online conversion site showed me that One 1962 Dollar – is worth $9.83 today.  The missing 27 million would be worth over a quarter of a $BILLION in 2021 – now that’s worth getting upset about.

This all reminded me of a television show that aired from 1955 to 1960, titled The Millionaire.  Each week, multi-millionaire John Beresford Tipton, had an agent GIVE a cashier’s cheque for $1,000,000 to someone he had chosen.  Tipton’s socio-psychological curiosity was the reason that the show then followed each recipient, to see what they did with the money.

One man who had lost his wife, was despondent, and convinced that he would never find such a love again.  He took a round-the-world cruise, met a sweet, young, available thing onboard, and it all worked out with soap-opera predictability.  One million, back then, would be the equivalent of $10/12 Million today.  The interest alone would accumulate so fast that they never need get off the ship, except to purchase a Rolls-Royce for each port.

The running gag in this show was that, like Charlie, in Charlie’s Angels, except for a hand passing off the cheque at the beginning of each show…. We never saw Tipton, and yet, when I went to research the show, there was a listing for Peter Frees – as Tipton

I had forgotten that voice actors get credits also.  Peter Frees is the most famous person that you’ve never seen.  He actually did three unseen voices during this series.  He has lent his dulcet tones to dozens of video games and dozens of animated movies.  His list of voice credits is longer than the late, great Mel Blanc – Ehhhhh, what’s up with that, Doc?

5 thoughts on “What’s It Worth?

  1. Rivergirl says:

    I don’t remember that show but I’ve read about it. I do remember when having a six figure income was a dream..
    now it’s not even middle class.


  2. Jim Wheeler says:

    McDonald was one of my favorite authors! Another, even better, was Donald Westlake. There just don’t seem to make ’em like that anymore.


  3. rulesoflogic says:

    Sorry, Rivergirl, but a six-figure income is still significant. US median annual household income is about $65,000.

    To me, the best thing about the movie was the presence of Pam Dawber. Warren Beatty once called her the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. The first (of only two) fan letters I ever wrote was to Pam Dawber.


    • Archon's Den says:

      And now she gets to appear with hubby, Mark Harmon, on at least one, and maybe more, episode of NCIS.
      I never sent a ‘fan letter’ as such. I did write to submit an item for Jay Leno’s ‘Headlines’ segment, and opining that he was a better choice as Johnny Carson’s replacement than David Letterman. My bit never appeared, but I got back a ‘signed’ 8 X 10 photo of him. 🙂

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  4. I’d forgotten about that show. I used to watch it and dream what I would do with that $1,000,000. Heck, I would have been thrilled to get $100,000; these days you can’t even buy a decent house for $100,000 in my area.


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