Every man has a price. howard r. hughes jr. My mother did not tell me about Howard Hughes's visit to Tims Creek on her death bed; she had first mentioned that curious bit of family history several years before, while we shucked and cleaned ears of sweet corn, fresh from the field, each kernel pearl white and sweet like candy. ``Who?'' I had said, absently, thinking I had misheard her, focusing instead on how good it was going to be to boil up these ears and add a bit of salt, a knob of butter--you simply couldn't get corn like this in L.A. The radio had been playing, and at the top of the news had been a report about another settlement in the ongoing battle over the will of the late, great, reclusive multigazillionaire. ``Who's that?'' I repeated. ``Howard Hughes,'' Mama said. ``Came and asked me to come to work for him.'' I didn't drop the corn, exactly, for I believed I had misheard, misunderstood, misapprehended my mother, but I did squeeze it a tad overmuch, regrettably causing an unsightly bruise. ``What do you mean `Howard Hughes wanted you to work for him'?'' She had my attention
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jan 26, 2012
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