© Bruce Goodman 18 December 2017
When Bernice took the photograph of her son she had no idea that in forty years’ time it would be used on the ten dollar bill. It was just an ordinary photo. It was black and white and taken with a Brownie Box Camera. She had taken the film to the pharmacist to get it developed and printed. The rest is history.
When her son’s image first appeared on the ten dollar bill, Bernice had to get a bigger handbag. Not because she had more money. Of course she didn’t have more money. It’s just that she didn’t like to fold the paper money in half. That would be like putting a crease in her son’s photo. Sometimes she even ironed some crumpled bank notes to make them look nice.
Of course after her son’s death his fame spread like wild fire. He was his country’s most famous scientist. In fact his formula
had not only ousted Einstein’s Theory of Relativity but had made Einstein look like a bumbling idiot.
So when the truth came out that Bernice’s son during his life was the leading light in a pornographic ring, it was a great shock to everyone. People were reluctant to put the image of the famous scientist into their trouser pockets – neither front nor back.
The image on the ten dollar note was changed to a happy scene from Mary Poppins, and the old bank notes were destroyed.
These days any ten dollar bill with the porno-propagator’s image, if found, is priceless.