Sorry, Brian!  Of course, as people always tell us, it's only having to work six 
hours a week and getting three months off every summer that makes it all 
worthwhile, right?


From: "O'Sullivan, Brian P" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Wed, April 6, 2011 8:19:17 AM
Subject: Re: How Much Money?

Darn! As an assistant professor who doesn't seem quite on track for a $1.5 
million retirement (unless maybe if we're talking debts, not assets) I was 
hoping Ken knew something I didn't about my financial future! You've ruined my 
fantasy, Jerry!

From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Jerome 
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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 9:04 AM
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Subject: Re: How Much Money?


Here's a hard datum to work with.  I'm a retired full professor in the 
humanities, and my retirement account, at its max, didn't come anywhere near 
$300K.  I am (and have always been) single, have no dependents, and my life 
style has been far from lavish.  Perhaps I've been underpaid all my life?  (I've 
always felt so, but the universities apparently have not agreed.<grin>)

Jerry Walsh

From: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wed, April 6, 2011 6:53:34 AM
Subject: Re: How Much Money?


Figures are fun, but I think the purveyor of nonsense here is yourself: the UK 
sources I consulted equate Eliot's 1965 estate value in pounds to between 
1,565,00 and 1,585,000. When it comes to cloud cuckoo, count yourself in. I 
probably won't ask my retired full professor friends what their estates are 
worth (that would be more of a conversation stopper than your cloud cuckoo 
insult), but I don't think $1.5 million would be a ridiculous sum. The  point 
being that Eliot's financial state, particularly before the Nobel, was probably 
not much different than the legion of folks who made and make their living 
feasting off the corpus delectus, or shall we say the oeuvre Hoovers.

Ken A

David Boyd wrote:
> Have to say, that I gasp at Ken's descriptor of someone with personal net 
>wealth of several million pounds as 'not overly wealthy'