II is the would-be sole heir of the massive fortune
that was to be left
for him by his well
-known, and wildly popular, late father Benny Goodman
, the famous jazz
clarinetist from the swing era of the late 1920s
to the 1950s.
Regrettably, the Goodman
was lost when Turkey invaded Switzerland in 1934, devastating their economy. The invasion resulted in a severe depletion of the vast majority of the Goodman fortune
that was contained in an esteemed Swiss bank. Benjamin
II never received
a cent of the massive fortune
for him by his late father.
most of his childhood in the Calgarian Jewish quarter, shining shoes
for nickels and taking taking care of his mother. Benjamin
would often spend whatever free time
he could manage writing
screenplays and scripts in his two story condominium, where
he lived with his mother, as well
as his beloved muskrat, Freckles.
As he entered adulthood, Benjamin
II came to the bitter realization that no one wore shiny shoes
anymore, so he began to struggle to meet the family's bills. Benjamin
was forced to very reluctantly resign
from his studies at his Christian school
for full time work
to support the family. Benjamin worked
long, hard, brutal, and physically
demanding days as a consultant for Maclean's magazine, where
he met and became good
friends with two work
associates, Norman Lear
and Bud Yorkin.
The three shared a passion
for Black domestic comedy. Together, they experimented writing
and filming various low budget
sitcoms and short
films. In 1974, Benjamin
caught a break when CBS picked up the pilot for his sitcom, Good
Times, which he had co-written with his close
friends Bud and Norman. The show was an immediate hit, and the production team enjoyed unmitigated success
in the late 1970s. Although Good
Times went off the air in 1979, its popularity remained strong through the 1980s.
Unfortunately, as the popularity of Good
down in the 1990s, Benjamin
found his royalty
checks gradually decreasing each month. He began to regret
squandering so much of his wealth by betting on illegal horse wrestling and achieving an unrivaled stock majority in Enron.