Practical question on valuation of old systems

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Nov 16 17:17:05 CST 2006

On Thu, 16 Nov 2006, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> This reminds me of a (fictional) story...


My father used to tell me virtually the exact same story about my
great-great-great grandfather in the old country.  (I don't know WHAT
country, just that it was old)  But, in THAT story, it was a statue.

BTW, [to Eric Smith]:  That is why my oldest TRS80 that you got from me
had a Dymo label identifying it as "THE STATUE".

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

> A small New England town resolved to remedy a social problem.  There
> was a (what's PC for "Village Idiot"?) person who was always at loose
> ends getting into trouble and generally being a nuisance.  So someone
> hit on the idea of employing him.
> So our hero, call him Joe, was offered the task of polishing the
> Civil War cannon in the courthouse square every day in exchange for
> the princely sum of fifty cents.
> Joe discharged his duty admirably for a dozen years.  Rain or shine,
> snow or drought, you'd see him carefully polishing the old artillery
> piece every single day.
> One day, however, Joe failed to show; then, no Joe the next day.  The
> good townspeople, fearing that Joe had fallen ill or worse, sent a
> group of citizens to look for him.
> They found Joe in his little shack, well and in good spirits. When
> asked why he'd stopped showing up to his job, Joe responded, "Oh, I
> don't need to any more--I've saved up my money and bought my own
> cannon..."
> Cheers,
> Chuck

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