In June, I researched the history of Paul Prybil, who invented the first commerically available bandsaw. The video is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUlMWLV5AQ4
Here was a man that made a lot of money in his lifetime. To see his story, see the video.
After I posted this video, I got a call from the great great grandson on Paul Prybil. He told him that his great grandfather lived in a wonderful life in Long Island, with many servants. After a dinner with J P MOrgan in the 1920s, the financier convinced him to invest everything in the stock market. The relative was convinced and sold all of the copywrights and the factory to others. In 1929, the family lost their ocean side manor. Mr Prybil remembers his grandfather telling him, “one day servants will call me to breakfast, and six months later, we would be lucky to have a breakfast.
-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom