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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Post-70's remembrance:

In the mid-90's, I was involved in real estate on Cape Cod. Myself and 3 other business partners decided to buy a property with a house on it. It had enough land that went with the house (or so we thought) to subdivide the property, selling the house on one lot, and spinning-off a separate building parcel. Just as we were about to start the subdivision, after we purchased the property, we got a call from our attorney. Turned out the lot wasn't big enough for a subdivision, and that it was short 3,000 square feet.
Only one property abbutted the site, so one of my partners and I visited him to ask if we could purchase 3,000 square feet of his land for $10,000. We met him in person to make the proposal. He was a nice guy (as much as I could tell from one meeting).
We made the offer through the realtor we bought the property from. She asked us what his name was (the guy who we wanted to buy the land from), and we told her his name was Clark Gesner. There was a pause and she said: "Clark Gesner??" We said "yes". She said: "Don't you know who that is?" "No, we replied". She said "He's a playwright. He wrote the play 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown'". We never met with Mister Gesner after that, but eventually we did do the subdivision and made a somewhat modest profit. Mr. Gesner really saved our butts that year, there's no way we could have done it without him.
On a side-note, one of the prospective buyers who came to look at the place was the guy who invented Kibbles-And-Bits.


Scandalous Housewife said...

I had a Snoopy snow cone machine.



joe said...

Me too, but instead of making snow cones, I opened up all the syrup packs and drank the syrup right from the packs.

joe said...

I always took the shortcut. I was just that way..

Hairball said...

Nice story about Clark Gesner.

I can only imagine how hyped up you were after drinking all the snow cone syrup! :)

Retro Hound said...

Interesting story. Those kinds of deals can turn scary pretty quickly if you think you can't make your profit.

I've posted a bunch of Snoopy and Charlie Brown stuff at my blog.

joe said...

Hairball: haha

Retrohound: At times the deal almost didn't happen. We certainly earned our pay on that one.

joe said...

.. Our attorney said he never wanted to deal with us again..