Vlahos, John: Lightbulb Anecdote
John Vlahos: Well I remember very well, we used to, when the firm was smaller at the time, and we used to have an annual holiday party and we held them at the Alta Mira hotel in Sausalito, it was a client of ours at the time. The party began in another room, a cocktail hour, and it just so happened on this particular occasion we were there for quite a while, so everybody had just a little bit perhaps too much. George, at one point, was very proud of his athletic prowess and by reputation, I never saw him, but I understand he was a very good athlete at University of the Pacific; College of the Pacific, I think then. So at one point he said, there was a chandelier hanging above in the room, and he said, “I will bet anyone here a thousand dollars that I can leap up, grab the light bulb, unscrew it, and come down with it.” He made the challenge to Bill Busch, who was then one of our partners who was then the sixth man on the championship basketball team of USF. The Bill Russell and Casey Jones basketball teams. Bill said, “no, no, no forget that.” And I thought “I’m gonna call him.” I had a checkbook with me. I pulled out my checkbook and wrote a thousand dollar check and handed it to George and said “George, jump!” And he said “…nah.”
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Vlahos, John, "Vlahos, John: Lightbulb Anecdote" (2011). Moscone Oral Histories. 193.