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Ben Stein Signs Off

Ben Stein has concluded his "Monday Night at Morton's Column." He ends his gossip column in a very touching way. Take some time out and read this piece. Here is a selection:

"We are not responsible for the operation of the universe, and what happens to us is not terribly important. God is real, not a fiction, and when we turn over our lives to Him, he takes far better care of us than we could ever do for ourselves.

In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him.

I can put it another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin--or Martin Mull or Fred Willard--or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a writer as Fitzgerald. Or even remotely close to any of them.

But I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above all, a good son to the parents who had done so much for me. This came to be my main task in life."


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Who is Ben Stein? Am I culturally impoverished?

Jason A.:

Ben Stein is the son of Nixon economist Herb Stein. Ben Stein served as a speechwriter along with Pat Buchanan and William Safire in the Nixon administration.

He is a frequent Hollywood personality, and hosted the game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money."

That being said, he is most famous for being the economics teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Yes, that one. "Bueller, Bueller???"

"Something d o o economics. Anyone? Anyone? Voo Doo economics."


Oh, now that is a cultural reference I can relate to. Gameshow. There has been for a year or more an inside joke at the ESPN basbeall site about this. There is an occasionally funny column called "Win Blake Stein's Money" that I never understood. Blake Stein is a famously ineffective high draft pick for the hapless KC Royals. I never got it. Dude, you should be a teacher.

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