1925, October 16 – LINNIG’S LAST BET

Poet – he was rushed to the hospital with a scorching fever and was lying on the bed surrounded by friends, when suddenly he smiled, looked up, pointed to the number 13 on the door and said “I have to bet on that”…it was however to be his last bet for minutes later, at the age of 37 he passed away…Samuel Linnig, born on June 12, 1888 (Gemini)  in Montevideo, Uruguay to a Belgian merchant and a Basque mother was a playwrite and theater critic for the prestigious magazine “Nosotros” …his passion and his ruination was to be gambling…he would be, in part, the inspiration thirty years later for “Lorenzo” in the classic film “Mercado de Abasto”

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After the staging of a particularly bad play of his which had been roundly booed and hissed, he came on stage and addressed the audience, “I thank those who applaud and I regard as imbeciles those who whistled at me” …that evening he fled from the theater hidden behind a false beard which prevented the public who were waiting for him outside to identify him….he  was immaculate in his attire and manner, always sporting a cane and white gloves but particularly proud of demonstrating his command of the argot spoken by prostitutes…unfortunately gambling ruined most things in his life and he would have passed away forgotten except for one thing,  he wrote the tango “Milonguita” to the music of Enrique Francini…it was an instant hit and its world-wide, unceasing popularity from the day it premiere on May 12, 1920 at the Teatro Opera rendered his name immortal.

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