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  • Lucky was CEO of N-tice, pulling 4.2 million a year. A net worth of 60 million. Homes in San Moritz and Connecticut. Burying Stoly in the yard, near the mailbox and marking the spot with little twigs in the shape of crosses.

    But that was a long time ago and buckets, volumes, seemingly water towers’ worth of alcohol were under the proverbial bridge, having passed through sluice gates of liver, pancreas, and kidneys, taking its toll.

    When I met him again, after 23 and a half years, he still looked like Lucky . I attributed his unnatural gait, stiffly picking up legs like some one suffering from early Parkinsons, to lumbar surgery. I immediately suggested yoga. He looked at me with a strange, momentarily piercing Padre Pio look. As if his side was about to spring a leak of vodka in a clear stigmata of some remembrance or knowingness, reverie or regret.

    I would later discover that his shuffle was the result of neuropathy. He suffered irreversible damage from alcohol. When he fell off the wagon, he would drink a ½ gallon of vodka a day. Lucky drank Listerine at the beginning of binges, in order to hide it from others and covertly drink, at the golf course or at a business lunch. He drank Listerine toward the end of binges, when his resolve to stop eroded. It was something to fall back on, when all the liquor bottles had been polished off, reduced to rattling, veiled dead soldiers in white plastic shrouds with red ties.
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