Did you ever see the movie version of Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby ?  It was released in 1974, a year with eerie similarities to the one now ending--- in two years, stocks had taken their biggest plunge since 1929 .  The movie starred Robert Redford as the mysteriously rich Jay Gatsby. Mia Farrow was Daisy Buchanan, the girl of Gatsby’s unfulfilled dreams.

    A magnificent yellow Rolls Royce played a supporting role. In real life the car belonged to one of my summer neighbors , a classic car buff. He kept his collection in a Cape Cod barn that overlooked a beautiful harbor, surrounded by imposing turn-of-the-century “cottages.”
Jay Gatsby would have felt at home.

    The house and barn had a new owner a year after the film was released. The magical Rolls was sold at auction. The embarrassment of my neighbor’s bankruptcy and foreclosure disappeared in the odd silence that surrounds lost money.

    For many, the 73-74 crash is only remembered for its stock market losses. Big stocks lost 37 percent of their value in two years. Another 20 percent was lost to inflation.  For years, no one wanted to talk about stocks, let alone own them. People’s lives were changed.

    If you missed that crash, don’t worry. The current version is a powerful substitute. Like the previous one, this one is generational in scale. It is an experience that will change our lives and habits.

    It will also engender some big events.

    One of them is The National Garage Sale.