'Sean' Skoob, respected journalist, avid futbol fan, bon vivant, adventuresome sailor and gourmet cook, ranked in the Journalism Hall of Fame amongst the greats Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, was devastated after he found out his wife had sold his copyrighted tag line now synonymous with his reports.
Along with Cronkite's 'and that's the way it is,' and Murrow's 'good night, and good luck,' Skoob's now famous and understated closing sentence, "More as we Get it" always left his readers waiting impatiently 'for the rest of the story."
Yesterday, according to the crestfallen scribe, upon returning home from a pub crawl where he was conducting political research, he found to his horror that his lovable wife had sold the copyright to his signature sign off on E-Bay, where the last minute frantic bidding had approached $27,773.31, not including the soon to be imposed Obamsky VAT tax.
As best as he could reconstruct the events, Skoob said the bidding started at a little over $1.13 in Scotland, moved quickly to $5.25 in Russia, $12.88 in Amsterdam before the damn broke and an all out bidding war emanating from Springfield, Illinois, Dallas Texas, and Nogales, AZ went mental.
When the dust settled Mrs. Skoob had over $28,000 credited to her PayPal account which she immediately hammered to purchase a new lawn chair, and Ikea Rabbit Condominium, automatic Rabbit Feeding Stations, and her ultimate purchase, three pair of the rarest rabbits left on the globe.
Arriving soon by Fed X will be a pair of Blanc De Hotots, Creme D'Argent, and only because she hates the French, a charming duo of Belgian Hares, all guaranteed to breed, well, like the rabbits they are.
"It was quite the score, really, " said Mrs. Skoob when reached by SKY News, "Sean always laughed about his famous quote, saying it was merely a 'throw away line' when he ran out of things to say on that silly site he writes for.
"Who would ever think that just a few words could bring in so much money...and in these times too! He's been going on and on lately about needing 'change', so, I did something about it...and it wasn't pocket change neither. Lots of Silly Buggers in the Colonies, I'll grant you that!"
The anonymous buyer said his purchase was a steal. "I've only had the use if it for 38 hours, and the 3 225 word stories I wrote and ended with "more as I get it' have already landed me in the top 5 with 17,532 hits...I'm thinking of cutting the stories down to one paragraph so I can submit more, and climb up to number one!"
Skoob, still in shock, said as soon as he gathers his composure he will further discuss the matter with his wife.
"Look Out for The Sparks! They Will Fly," he said, still smoldering!