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The wisdom of John Spooner

“The epitaph that I would want, if I had a stone, which I ain’t gonna have, would be a line from ‘Scaramouche’: ‘He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.’”

John D. Spooner, perhaps the world’s most youthful 74-year-old, was enjoying a chicken salad on rye from the “underpants place,” so named, by him, for the way the deli folds the white paper wrapping. The nationally recognized investment adviser and best-selling author was the very picture of a Boston WASP, with bow tie and Harvard suspenders — except that he was bar mitzvahed at Temple Israel, and sometimes wears high-top sneakers, in red.

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