Thursday, October 16, 2008
Bob: This is Theme Time Radio Hour. We're talking about money. Let's go to the phones. Hello, caller, you're on the air.
Carol: Hi Bob!
Bob: Hello to you. Where are you calling from?
Carol: Carbondale, Illinois.
Bob: And what's your name?
Carol: Carol Clark.
Bob: Well, Carol, what can I do for ya?
Carol: Well, I heard last week's "Money" show, and I really enjoyed it.
Bob: Hey, thanks a lot! We work hard on `em.
Carol: It shows! I heard you were doing another one this week, and I was wondering whether I could make a request.
Bob: Sure, what do you wanna hear?
Carol: Can you play the Beatles' song, "Money Can Buy Me Love"?
Bob: Carol, I think it's "Money Can't Buy Me Love".
Carol: No, no. It's "Can Buy Me Love." I used to have the record, I know.
Bob: Look, Carol. It's "Money. Can't. Buy. Me. Love."
Carol: I know you're Mister `60s, but I have the record. It's "Can Buy Me Love."
Bob: Alright, Carol, we'll look for it. Keep listening.
Carol: Thanks, Bob!
Bob: (sighs). You can't help some people. Well, Carol, if you're still listening, money can not buy you happiness, but it can give you more places to look. We're still looking for that song, but in the meantime...
... Later in the show...
Bob: The thing that Carol said is still gnawing at me. I mean, I've heard lots of songs that say money can't buy ya happiness, and I've never heard one that says that it can. Well, here's another song, this one from 19 and 44, guy named Tiny Grimes, who actually once told me that "money isn't the key to happiness, but if you have enough, you can have a key made..."
... And still later in the show...
Bob: We spent so much time talking about money, I want to leave you with the words of someone who has an opposing opinion. He's a smart guy. He was smart about bees, relativity, and he's smart about this. I'm talking about Albert Einstein, and he said: "I'm absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can keep humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great pure, individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Gandhi armed with the moneybags of Carnegie?"
Are ya listening, Carol?