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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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