"Being of sound mind, I spent it all." - Anonymous
This site is dedicated to helping you create a legacy for those you leave behind. There are many ways to seek immortality. In this post we'll look at some of the stranger ones.
Some people don't want to share with those they leave behind; they are perfectly content to take it with them. Sandra Ilene West, a rich Texas widow, requested that she be buried in her Corvette, sitting behind the steering wheel, in her negligee. Despite her will being challenged, Mrs. West eventually got her way.
A Patron of the Arts. In 1955, Juan Potomachi left over $50,000 to the Teatro Dramatico in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the condition that, in their production of Hamlet, the part of Yorick's skull . . . you guessed it . . . would be played by Juan's skull.
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the original Star Trek television series, arranged for his ashes to flown into space and shot out as the satellite orbited the earth.
Creating a Legacy of Making Yourself Useful. In 1983, Tony Gribble's Will requested that his ashes be put in an egg timer so he could continue to be of some use.
Marvel Comics comic book writer, Mark Gruenwald, was the long-time writer of Captain America. When he died in 1996, his ashes were mixed with ink and used to print a comic book in accordance with the provisions of his Will.
A Finnish business man left 780 shares of a rubber boot company to the residents of a nursing home in Finland. That company later became Nokia, which makes cell phones, making all the nursing home residents millionaires.
Am I Really Gone? In 1972, Vampire afficionado, Harold West, left explicit instructions to his doctor to "drive a steel stake through my heart to make sure I am properly dead."
Harry Houdini left a secret code for his wife, so that when he came back to visit her, she would know it was him and not an imposter. Each Halloween, for ten years after his death, she held a seance. No one knows whether she was ever able to use the secret code.
Earl Allen Thurber was buried in 1929 with a phone in his hand. He was terrified of being buried alive. He left instructions with the mausoleum that, if he hadn't called in three days, the phone was to be disconnected.
John Bowman, from Vermont, died in 1891. He left a $50,000 trust fund to preserve his 21-room mansion and mausoleum. He was so sure that he, his wife and their two daughters would return from the grave that he ordered servants to prepare and serve dinner every night – just in case the Bowmans had a touch of hunger when they made their grand appearance. They served dinner every night until 1950. That’s when the money ran out.
Marital Disharmony. Samuel Bratt's wife hated his smoking and wouldn't let him smoke his favorite cigars at home. When he died in 1960, he left her the sum of 330,000 Pounds, on the condition that she smoke five cigars per day.
The Last Will of an Irishman bluntly stated, "To my wife, I leave her lover, and the knowledge that I was not the fool she thought me."
Heinrich Heine left his entire estate to his wife. However, she would only receive it if she remarried "so there will be at least one man to regret my death."
On a contrasting note, when Jack Benny died in 1974, he left a heartfelt legacy to his wife. The day after Benny’s funeral, a florist delivered a single long-stemmed red rose to her. She received another the next day. And the day after that and the day after that. In his Will, Jack set aside money to have a rose delivered to her every day for the rest of her life. She lived another 9 years with that daily reminder of her husband’s love.