What if Someone Left You $75,000.00?

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Meet Karen Houppert, will beneficiary:

Recently a professor of mine, whom I’d studied with 20 years ago at Bennington College, died.

Two weeks afterward, I learned that she had made me the beneficiary of her life insurance policy, leaving me $75,000.

I found this out only because the school where she was then teaching, Phillips Exeter Academy, sent me a letter asking that I fill out “the enclosed form from Prudential.” When I called the administrator who had signed the cover letter, she informed me of my windfall.

This is a true story.

Here’s the rest…

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