Addams Laws - Gomez Addams (John Astin), the
eccentric millionaire on the sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66 espoused some
rather strange formulas for business success.
In a conversation with his wife, Morticia (Carolyn Jones) Gomez once said,
"I'll set him up in his own business. I'll capitalize it at five hundred
thousand dollars and amortize the principle over a ten-year period."
Confused, Morticia asked "Darling, What does that mean?" "Who knows," replied
Gomez "That's the way I run all my enterprises."
Once, in a moment of inspiration, Gomez cried, "I've got it! We'll invent
something that costs a dime to make-sell it for a dollar-and is habit forming."
Another gem of a business strategy was the simple rule "When selling off,
never accept the first nine offers. When they come up with number ten-grab it!"
(otherwise known as "How to Slit Your Competitor's Throat Without Getting Blood
on His Necktie").
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