Rumor has it that legendary saloonkeeper Bernard "Toots" Shor - whose establishment in New York was a nocturnal haven for athletes, politicians and entertainment celebrities alike - once was engaged in a barstool conversation with Dr. Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. Toots was reportedly in mid-sentence when he stood up and said, "Excuse me, Doc, someone really important just came in," and subsequently greeted New York Giants' star outfielder Mel Ott.The lesson here is that, while Fleming's discovery saved countless millions of lives, Toots was savvy enough to know that it was stars like Ott who kept his place going.

Now, while no CPA that I'm aware of was ever besieged by autograph seekers to the extent that Ott was, the call to recruit and keep good talent among the profession seems to be a New Year's Resolution heard at least as often as a last-place team's fans promising to "Wait until next year."

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