Foreign News: Forgetful Pill Man

Sir Thomas Beecham, famed orchestral conductor, son of the potent pill tycoon, read in a London newspaper last week that he had been fined £10 ($50) for failing to answer a summons.

The item reminded Sir Thomas that he had crammed the summons into his pocket weeks before, when a call boy had shouted it was time to conduct a concert.

Fishing in the same pocket of the suit he wore at the concert, negligent Sir Thomas found the summons, hopped to a telephone, rang up his solicitor.

"Sir Thomas Beecham is a busy man,"...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!