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of the Reporting Angel
Department of Records
Heaven, June 11
Ida Lewis Dreyfus
This is the year of your one-hundredth birthday. It is custom at this time for you to receive a report on the activities of your eldest child—in this case, your son Jack.
In 1939 your son was married to Joan Personette, a fine artist. They had a son, John. Although Joan and Jack have been divorced for forty-seven years, the love between them and John goes three ways.
A brief summary follows:
Golf—Before he was twenty, your son won the City Golf Championship of Montgomery, Alabama, twice. He has won eighteen club championships, at four different country clubs. Jack qualified for the National Amateur Golf Championship on each of the three occasions he tried.
Tennis—When he was sixty-two, your son won the U.S. Open (Open means professionals and amateurs) Doubles Lawn Tennis Championship for sixties-and-over. Ten years later, in Australia, he won the World’s Open Doubles Lawn Tennis Championship, for seventies-and-over.
Card Playing—Jack qualified for the Masters Bridge Tournament when he was twenty-eight. When he was thirty he devised a scientific method of playing gin rummy and beat the best players. For thirty years the Encyclopedia of Bridge said Jack was reputed to be the best gin rummy player in the United States.
Horse Racing—Your son established Hobeau Farm, a thoroughbred-breeding farm, in Ocala, Florida. The first horse he bred was a champion. Twice, Hobeau Farm won the New York Turf Writers’ Award for Outstanding Breeder of the Year. While Jack was head of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, he received the Fitzsimmons Award, “One Who Contributed Most to Racing.” On two occasions your son was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association. He received the Eclipse Award, “Man Who Did Most for Racing.”
Your son became senior partner of a New York Stock Exchange firm when he was thirty-three. Business was poor, and it was decided to advertise. The budget was so small that Jack, who had no experience in advertising, had to write the ads. His firm received the first Standard & Poor’s Gold Trophy for Excellence in Wall Street Advertising. Business improved, and a mutual fund was started. Your son was head of research for the Fund. For the twelve years he directed the research the Fund outperformed all other mutual funds by a large margin. Your son wrote the prospectus and created the advertising for the Fund. He received an unusual award, one of the five best marketing persons of the 1960–1970 decade.
An article in Life magazine about your son was titled, “Maverick Wizard Behind the Wall Street Lion.” In it was said, “He has been called an upstart, an interloper and a genius. Yet he is, without doubt, the most singular and effective personality to appear in Wall Street since the days of Joseph Kennedy and Bernard Baruch.” When he retired from Wall Street your son was one of the wealthiest men in the United States. Your son received Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees from the University of Lehigh and from the University of Alabama, medical branch.Medical Research—In 1958 your son had a depression, called endogenous (coming from within). The intense part of the depression lasted for about a year, but it persisted for more than five years. He saw a neuropsychiatrist six days a week.
One weekend, he had thoughts about the effects of electricity in his body. As a result, he asked his physician to let him try a medicine not generally known to be useful for his symptoms. To the surprise of them both he promptly returned to good health. [Note: For a patient to be correct in selecting for himself one drug, from a pharmacopoeia of thousands, is believed to be without precedent.]
When your son saw six other persons, with symptoms similar to his own, have prompt recoveries with the medicine, he realized he had an obligation to investigate further. After unsuccessful attempts to get studies done by members of the medical profession, he established a charitable medical foundation and retired from business to work full time in it.
Your son participated in research studies. Then it was discovered that physicians around the world had published thousands of studies reporting the medicine useful for a broad range of disorders. The foundation painstakingly gathered this information and condensed it into bibliographies. On three occasions, bibliographies were sent to all the physicians in the United States.
Your son has spent many years trying to get officials in the U.S. Government to do something about this vital matter. But he found Government too busy with problems to have time for solutions.
Your son was not an author, and it took him six years to write a book, A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked. Written for the physician, the U.S. Government, and the public, all at the same time, it received excellent reviews.
The bibliographies and your son’s book have been translated into many languages, and understanding of the medicine is increasing around the world. But the lack of understanding is still great, and much needless suffering exists. Your son must continue his efforts.
Ida, I have seen many reports. Permit me to observe that your son’s is unlike any other I have seen.
With kindest regards,
The Reporting Angel
A self-addressed envelope is enclosed, if you care to use it.
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