Businessman Ellis M. Goodman of Glencoe was an accountant in his native London, England, in the 1960s with clients such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, and David Bowie.
During this tax season, he recalled those early days of rock 'n' roll. But they were just clients who happened to be in the music industry, Goodman says.
"They could have been here today and gone tomorrow. We didn't know back then," Goodman said about rock 'n' roll. "It was often a fight with management on how things were spent and it all could have been exhausting."
The accountant later became an investor in music, movies and real estate before writing books. At 80, he has no plans of slowing down or retiring.
When the accountant moved into investing, he was involved in the music label called GTO Records, which featured Billy Ocean, the Walker Brothers and others. Goodman also later produced documentaries and a movie, "The Greek Tycoon" with Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset.
"When I got into movies, it was a mistake," he said. "It's hard to make a profit. I didn't fancy it that much."
He later came to Chicago to become the CEO of the U.S. operations of Barton Brands, known for Canadian Mist and Corona beer. The company was acquired by Canandaigua Wine Co., which later became Constellation Brands. Goodman moved onto other business deals.
He has since been involved in real estate acquisitions of various commercial properties and developments. He owns Kings Hill Farms, an organic farm in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and Coda Gallery, an art gallery in Palm Desert, California.
Besides his investments, he still dabbles in documentaries. His latest is called "Art Paul: The Man Behind the Bunny," about the Playboy Magazine's graphic art director who designed the logo. Goodman is still negotiating its release, possibly this fall on public television.
He also has written three books, "Corona: The Inside Story of America's No. 1 Imported Beer," and two novels "Bear Any Burden" and the recently released "The Keller Papers." He just started writing a fourth book, he said.
"I'm 80, but I cannot believe I'm saying that," he said.
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