Sunday, January 09, 2011

Who is that man? – William Randolph Hearst

When William Randolph Hearst (1861-1951), famous American newspaper publisher (and millionaire), bought St. Donat's Castle in Wales, he said nothing to his wife. He knew that she did not have much understanding for historical monuments, no matter how luxurious they were.

However, one day, Hearst was forced to admit to her what he did.

"So, who is the main architect of that big old house?“,  Mrs. Hearst asked.

"How could I know?" Hearst said. "I suppose some Norman ..." (He refers to Normans, descendants of Vikings)

"Nonsense! " Mrs. Hearst sighed in disappointment. "Who is that Norman? I've never heard of him. "

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