Just like Apple

Daring Fireball recently linked to a New Yorker article about the interesting corporate structure of the Green Bay Packers. In it, this sentence:

Shareholders receive no dividend check and no free tickets to Lambeau Field. They don’t even get a foam cheesehead. All they get is a piece of paper that says they are part-owners of the Green Bay Packers.

“Huh”, I thought, “Just like Apple.” But then I found this:

People who own shares of of GBP stock cannot be sold to others–it can only be sold back to the team. The stock doesn’t appreciate in value, no dividends are paid, and there are no season ticket privileges. However, the stock certificate is really cool, and you can proudly say you own part of a professional football team!

Just like Apple

Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter Home

After getting captured by German soldiers, made into a POW, and then being abandoned by the German prison guards (the bombing of Dresden was in there somewhere, too) Kurt Vonnegut wrote a letter home. I always wonder if these guys know they’re writing for future audiences, and how lucky his family kept the letter… The refrain of “But not me” in the letter obviously reminds me of “so it goes” from Slaughterhouse 5, which, of course, is based on the aforementioned experience.

Via Daring Fireball

Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter Home