Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/09/27

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Subject: Re: [Leica] That's Kvetch With a "K"
From: Peter Klein <>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 10:18:20 -0700

One of the old "Murder, She Wrote" episodes involved Ricardo Montalbon as a 
Yugoslavian concert pianist who killed his wife.  His "out" was that he 
couldn't have fired the gun.  He had come home drunk, spilled a bottle of 
Slivovitz in the wastebasket, and then badly burned his hands when he 
accidently set it alight after throwing his lit cigar into the same 

Jessica Fletcher's urbane British friend Dennis Stanton, ex-jewel thief 
turned insurance investigator, fingered Ricardo.  Turns out that Ricardo's 
character had been a partisan in Yugoslavia in WWII.  He had been tortured, 
and developed the ability to withstand extreme pain.  He was also 
developing a neurological disorder that would soon end his concert 
career.  Knowing this, he staged the "accident" with the Slivovitz, then 
shot his wife, figuring that the police would not suspect that a man with 
severely burned hands could fire a gun.  As a concert pianist, his hands 
were insured for millions.  He would collect a big insurance settlement, 
and then live happily ever after with his luscious young female student.

Moral:  Stay away from Slivovitz. The stuff was the rocket fuel in a secret 
Eastern European space program.

- --Peter Klein
Seattle, WA

> > Buzz Hausner wrote:
> > > Or, as my grandfather would have said, slivovitz!
> > >
> > >     Buzz
>Seth said:
> > > Confusing two different words with two different derivations and
> > > meanings.
> > > quetsch, as in a wondrous French plum-based clear brandy; and

Gary Markland said:
>Don't think it's Yiddish. Try Serbo-Croation? When in what was Yugoslavia, it
>was the plum-based clear brandy. Often homemade.

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