“Greed is all right” — the forerunner of “Greed is good”

Wall Street whiz Ivan Boesky was riding high in 1986. During the early 1980s, he’d made hundreds of millions of dollars trading stocks, doing real estate deals and masterminding leverage buyouts of distressed businesses. He was lauded as a financial genius in many magazine and newspaper articles and often invited to speak at business seminars, … Read more

Blood, sweat and tears — and toil…

Almost everything most people know about the origin of the phrase “blood, sweat and tears” is wrong. Some people think Winston Churchill coined it in the famous speech he gave to the British House of Commons on May 13, 1940. But, in fact, Churchill didn’t coin the phrase. Nor did he say it in that … Read more

“Live fast, die young and have [or leave] a good-looking corpse!”

The saying “Live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse!” is often associated with actor James Dean. Dean didn’t say it as a line in any of his own movies. Nor did he coin it. But he was a fan of the classic 1949, noir film that made it a famous movie quote, Knock … Read more