In honor of Tax Day, I'd like to recommend a new book to you: As Certain As Death: Quotations About Taxes. It's a labor of love (or possibly hate) compiled over more than 30 years by Jeff Yablon, a tax partner in the Washington office of the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman law firm.
News outlets reported this week that legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite never amended his will to include Joanna Simon, who had been his girlfriend for the last four years of his life. Cronkite's daughter said the newsman never planned to leave Simon, a former opera singer and older sister of Carly Simon, any sort of inheritance, but either way, wills are back in the news.
I had it all down to a system. Whenever a conversation would turn to the subject of age, I'd casually mention that I was 28, or 37, or 42, or however old I was at the time, and then I'd pause, magnanimously allowing people the beat they needed to acknowledge their surprise and commence with their compliments.
You may think you have the worst boss in the Western Hemisphere, but if you've never had to dodge a cell phone, been fired over a breakfast pastry or had your work referred to as "a complete and utter mess," you probably have it better than you realize.
"Men don't want women getting to the top. Period," Leona Helmsley told Playboy 17 years ago. Whether the late hotel queen was wrong or not, the history of Fortune's Most Powerful Women list shows that women are getting there anyway.
Leona Helmsley's dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a mausoleum. But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire's estate.
Hotel mogul Leona Helmsley, who earned the nickname the "Queen of Mean" for the high-handed way she treated employees, died Monday of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist. She was 87.