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Charlie Chaplin's words regarding America ...

Post by Lance » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:39 am

As most of us know, Charlie Chaplin, originally born in England in 1889 (died in Veyvey, Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977), but spent a great deal of time in the USA where he built his studios, made his films, and lived, and made his fortune. There were problems, enough so that he was not permitted to return to live in America. The following is what Chaplin wrote in his autobiography:

"Friends have asked me if I miss the United States — New York? In candour I do not. America has changed, so has New York. The gigantic scale of industrial institutions, of Press, television and commercial advertising has completely divorced me from the American way of life. I want the other side of the coin, a simpler personal sense of living — not the ostentatious avenues and twoering buildings which are an ever-reminder of big business and its ponderous achievements.

It was more than a year before I could liquidate all my interests in the United States. They wanted to tax my European earnings in Limelight up to 1955, claiming that I was still an American resident in spite of having barred me from that country since 1952. I had no legal address since, as my American lawyer said, I would have little chance of getting back into the country to defend the case.

Having dissolved all my American companies and divested myself of every American interest, I was in a position to tell them to go sit on a tack. But not wishing to be under an obligation to another nation's protection, I settled for an amount considerably less than their claim and considerably more than I should have paid.

Cutting my last ties from the United States was sad."
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Post by jbuck919 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:21 pm

Charlie Chaplin wrote:Friends have asked me if I miss the United States - New York? In candour I do not. America has changed, so has New York. The gigantic scale of industrial institutions, of Press, television and commercial advertising has completely divorced me from the American way of life. I want the other side of the coin, a simpler personal sense of living — not the ostentatious avenues and towering buildings which are an ever-reminder of big business and its ponderous achievements.
It is a great pity that he did not know about Stony Creek.

Oh, that's right: He would have had to pay income tax here too.

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Post by lennygoran » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:45 am

jbuck919 wrote: It is a great pity that he did not know about Stony Creek.
And what about my Warren County NJ town--okay we do have those lousy woodchucks-still....! Regards, Len :)

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Post by jbuck919 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:42 pm

lennygoran wrote:
jbuck919 wrote: It is a great pity that he did not know about Stony Creek.
And what about my Warren County NJ town--okay we do have those lousy woodchucks-still....! Regards, Len :)
Global warming will soon bring in the Burmese pythons to take care of them.

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Post by lennygoran » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:50 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Global warming will soon bring in the Burmese pythons to take care of them.
That will definitely force me to sell and move to NYC full time--especially after that PBS show where the python is fully dissected--next show gets into the great white shark! Regards, Len :)

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