Monday, August 12, 2019

Drinking and business …

 20011: The Beneficiary.

The Robert Scott mentioned herein would be Robert Montgomery Scott, who was president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1982 until 1996, during which time he increased the museum's endowment from $19 million to more than $100 million. Attendance at the museum more than doubled during his tenure. His drinking does appear to have been legendary. But I once read that, his pedigree notwithstanding, he could walk into a bar in Fishtown back when that was a strictly working-class neighborhood and be one of the boys within minutes. His mother, Hope Montgomery Scott, was supposedly the model for Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story.

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