FoxBusiness.com published this article Feb 3, 2008
January 10, 1985 the San Francisco 49ers destroyed the record breaking Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino and company, 38-16 at Stanford University stadium in Palo Alto, California.
I wanted to go to the game as it was only 50 miles from my home but like the rest of America–I didn’t have a ticket.
Resigned to the fact that it would be impossible, three friends and I piled into a car and drove to Palo Alto with the idea that we would hang out in the parking lot and soak up the scene and a couple of cases of beer.
Then it happened, something so surreal yet lucky, the parking lot was inundated with scalpers who actually looked desperate. We felt interested enough to watch and ask prices. No responses came forthwith as our ragtag presence seemed to signal–broke 20 somethings.
With only a few minutes left in the first half and one case unceremoniously drained, one of the scalpers came back through and began asking us if we wanted in.
It turns out our beneficiary had, according to him, 35 tickets and just wanted to unload them–after a short negotiation (panting the whole time) all four of us got into Super Bowl XIX for $80.
I mention this story because my parents home at the time in Marin County, one of the top 15 wealthiest suburbs in America, was on the market for $240,000. I was making $28k and everything seemed very expensive–if I only knew!