AMERICANA: That's the Way It Isn't

Sakowitz, a Houston department store that tries to give pretentiousness a good name, amuses its millionaire patrons with tongue-in-checkbook "ultimate gifts" in its Christmas catalogue. Among this year's offerings: a professionally filmed documentary of your life for $50,000, a private island and lighthouse in the Pacific for $750,000, your wife's weight in loose 10-carat diamonds at $4 million per lb. and an offshore oil rig, capable of drilling in 300 ft. of water, for $28.7 million.

But for those who would just prefer good food and conversation with interesting people, Sakowitz is advertising a $94,125 dinner with the likes of CBS Newscaster...

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