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.
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