LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS
In an article called “The Happy Huckster” we learn about James Kabler, the Master of Upscale Novelties (Success, Dec, 87). Kabler picked up his education in a variety of jobs including clerking with a state Supreme Court judge and then as Assistant Chief of Protocol under the Ford administration, Kabler got the job through a connection: He had met Gerald Ford’s former law partner at an athletic club. Part tour guide, part babysitter, Kabler received and entertained heads of state and their spouses. The position afforded a whimsical view of the rich and famous. Take the time he stood in Bloomingdale’s on a sweltering summer afternoon, helping Imelda Marcos pick out $25,000 worth of Godiva chocolates. She signaled an aide, who paid from a purse containing $100,000 in cash. Kabler was a little distressed. “But Mrs. Marcos,” he inquired, “how are you going to get all those chocolates back to Manila in July without their melting?” The dictator’s…
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