I grew up in Washington County, Pennsylvania Rip Herman Cain 1925 2020 shirt
, just south of Pittsburgh. My mother’s family immigrated to the US from Rome, Italy and my father’s from Berlin and Munich, Germany. We had a unique food scene at our house when I was a kid. The first thing I learned to cook was pasta and tomato sauce. My mother taught me how to make the dough, roll it out and cut it on our kitchen table. Marinara sauce was my second lesson. From my father I learned to make sauerkraut and wurst. Sometimes that sauerkraut included smoked pork chops, when we had money for them. The third, well maybe fourth, thing I learned to cook was pan fried catfish. My uncle Rip Herman taught me how to cook Cajun food one summer when he and my aunt stayed with us. He and I cooked a dinner of pan fired catfish, dirty rice, and collared greens that opened my eyes to the world of food.
He made a total of $175 million on Thriller. At the height of his fame in 1988, he earned $125 million. His lawyer John Branca negotiated for him to buy the Beatles catalog for $48 million. It generated $11–$18 million a year life time income. His living expenses were three times that much. Michael bought Neverland for around $19 million. He put in excess of $55 million, building the amusement park, zoo, movie theater. He peppered the grounds with millions of dollars worth of commissioned bronze statues. It cost a minimum of $5 million a year to maintain. It had a salaried full time staff, up to 150 people. The interior was littered with literally hundreds of millions of dollars worth of marble statues, gold candelabras, gilded pianos, antique toys, mannequins, commissioned portraits, arcade games and grandiose clutter.
He had 75 cars registered in his name. He commissioned a $1 million replica of a 1909 Detamble Model B Roadster. He owned at least 6 Rolls Royces. His favorite Rolls Royce was a 1988 $350,000 Phantom which is now in a storage warehouse in Los Angeles. He owned a 1997 Neoplan bus with an 18K gold bathroom and hand embroidered crown on the plush carpet. Price $2.7 million. A 1999 Silver Seraph Rolls Royce Limo clad in 24K gold, antiques ,cut crystal, bar, video game consoles. In 2001 when he was living on loans he bought a $98,000 Bentley Arnage.