There was a thud, followed by 11 more…Then total silence. Feet were heard racing toward the marble stairway then four haunting howls: “Toby!”
There I was lying at the bottom of the stairway with a black eye and a broken silver spoon in my mouth.
I had finally escaped from my crib!
At kindergarten, where I could not sit still for more than a minute, my nickname became the Dynamite Kid.
I was a well-behaved kid thanks to my strict English nanny and our 6’4” butler.
I just did what I was told 👼.
The Governor of New York, Averell Harriman, thought so too and proclaimed March 8th, ‘Toby Beavers Day’.
I spent my summers roaming the fields and woods looking for animals, reptiles, and insects. (I won St. Bernard’s annual Summer Project Award for my massive insect collection. My older brother, Charles, was so envious that he smashed it to bits when my parents were in Europe. My life was never the same…).
After graduating from Syracuse, I began my political science career as a personal assistant to President Jimmy Carter in 1979 for $3.10 an hour.
I was at the White House during the Iranian Crisis and the Billy Beer scandal.
I stood a few feet from the President when he was on the West Lawn pleading his case to free the hostages.
What a kind and honest man.
I soon realized politics were fun but politicians weren’t.
During the evenings, I would study birds and insects at the Smithsonian Institute.
Eventually, the Smithsonian Institute backed me on an Amazon expedition to collect exotic birds and butterflies.
Four months later, I landed in Miami with 25 cents in my pocket, amoebic dysentery, a fabulous butterfly collection, and rhinoceros beetles the size of my hand (some still alive), but no birds. Catching anything in the dense jungle was a nightmare!
4 weeks later, I landed above the Arctic Circle to photograph polar bears.
As I was exiting the plane, a man boarding the flight wished me good luck. Why I asked. His best friend had recently been killed by a polar bear while taking pictures of them. “One smack of his front paw and it was over.”
I was now hesitant to venture out into the barren tundra for days by myself.
After a week and being eaten alive by mosquitoes, I jumped on a flight back to Juneau.
I was done with this type of wildlife and returned to New York City in search of another type of wildlife!
I wanted to be a party animal!
My brothers and I borrowed money from my mother and opened the Surf Club, which overnight became one of the most famous nightclubs in New York. Our motto was Guys with Ties & Girls with Pearls. Muffy, Buffy, Bitsy, and Binky were there EVERY night! And my mother was now my partner. We sold more champagne than any nightclub in 1984.
After 10 years of fun and endless laughs, I met the woman of my dreams and decided to settle down. We eloped from Atlanta to Savannah sparing my in-laws a humungous wedding expense for 2,000+ guests that I hardly knew.
I was sitting on the couch in Watch Hill laughing hysterically while watching Married with Children. There was a knock on the front door. It was dark outside, and a face appeared in the window…It was my neighbor, Bob, a phenomenal realtor, and the unofficial mayor of downtown Watch Hill. My wife bolted to the door. “Bob, you either give my husband a job or don’t come over at night anymore.”
Thus, began my illustrious and lengthy real estate career in 1996.
The time came when all four brothers began to quarrel. Sell it my brother demanded while on his second voyage sailing around the world. But the
With the help of Bob again and my talented wife, we turned our tired 19th-century Queen Anne summer cottage into a Decorator’s Showhouse. (My late mother had been one of three founders of the Kips Bay Boy’s Club Decorator Showhouse in New York and the top decorators in New England lined up to exhibit their amazing, colorful summer, interior designs. Traditional Homes Magazine featured Wayne Cottage and it quickly sold.
We were returning after attending Jim Bob Moffett’s daughter’s spectacular 4-day wedding in New Orleans when we found an amazing plantation for sale on the Mississippi River called Como Plantation in St Francisville, LA.
Como Plantation had a 6-mile driveway with 2 miles of the Mississippi River frontage. We picked it up as a foreclosure and dreamed of making it into a tourist destination. We slowly began to realize our underestimation. We had two young children, no cell phone service, and the nearest school was 36 miles after you drove the 6-mile gravel driveway. It was time to sell again.
Gov Edwin Edwards of Louisiana purchased it. It was his dream to make it a high-stakes poker retreat however, 6 months later he was indicted with his son under the Federal RICO Act and sent to prison for 5 years.
We moved to Charlottesville in 1997 where I began practicing my singing and dancing (a la Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, and Fred Astaire) and in 1998 produced a one-night Broadway show called Girls, Girls, Girls featuring yours truly with the world-famous, 26-piece, Tony Corbicello orchestra.
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