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Paul Coates

February 8, 2008 |  5:00 pm

Feb. 8, 1958

Paul_coates "Paul, I am in financial difficulties. The proffeser gave me a job one day--the best he could do.

"My wife just brought me two big beef sandwitches. A friend of mine who works in a restaurant gave them to my wife.

"The only thing I can think of now is to sell my life story back to Memphis Ward, Hollywood, for 25 bucks. It would be a payment on another taxi anyway.

"Groucho Marx mentioned me in a Saturday Evening Post story last May without my permission. He did not mention my name but talked about a taxi driver on his show that crossed the San Francisco Bay without his taxi.

"That's when I had my small amphibious Jeep as a cab.

"Groucho still doesn't answer my letters to tell me why he doesn't show the other show of his I was on on television.

"Paul, I challenge Groucho Marx to fight me at Hollywood Legion Stadium, and that is no joke!"

--Parkey Sharkey, Palo Alto Hotel, Palo Alto

Now, Parkey, that's irrational. you know that Groucho can't make your weight.