At the end of our talk, this man who could be cantankerous and generous at the same time insisted that I read a tome on investing that would teach me how to be a success in business. I read the book and discovered that it might have been helpful had I already been as wealthy as Cooke. So I wrote to him about the book, citing the famous quote that Ernest Hemingway attributed to his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The very rich are different from you and me."
Several weeks later I was astonished to receive a note from Cooke in the mail. "Perhaps you're right about the book, Tim," Cooke wrote, "but I knew Fitzgerald and he never said that."