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Dear Don Memories of my years with Mr Cash
by althea longley   

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A biography of my late husband Don. A mathematical genius, bookmaker, and punter, he was feared by bookmakers both nationally and internationally. He suffered from the biopolar condition, manic depression. My life was never boring, often exciting, always unpredictable, and at times sad. This book is a tribute to a truely unforgetable character, and how I lived my life with him.

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Excerpt from Sunday Mail,March 1981{abbr.}"Brisbane's biggest and most colorful punter was buried in Brisbane last Tuesday. A simple service marked the end of a career in which he was tabbed "Mr Cash" "The Baby Faced Bookie" and "The coatless Punter". The unexpcted death of the 47yr. old punter continued the aura of mystery that surrounded hin on Australian racetracks where he won and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in a day.Don Longley once bet $100,000 on one horse....His computer-like mind quickly analysed that the figures were heavly stacked in favour of the punter, so he took out a bookmakers licence. But to Longley the challenge was not enough . . . His generosity is legend. He once turned up at a Catholic Church with a suitcase stuffed with money he had won at the races. His incrediable ability to calculate figures in a computer-like manner gave him a false sense of superiority, for which at times he paid dearly . . " Most people who knew Don, if in fact anyone really did know him, saw him only as Mr. Cash, the eccentric, with pipe in mouth working his way around the betting ring or offering long prices at the bookmakers stand.But there was another side to this man that few people saw, the man who put family above all his gambling pursuits.Always trying to keep one step ahead of the tax-man, Don had unique ideas to invest his winnings, which sometimes included whirlwind trips, usually at one days notice and me in tow, to buy diamonds in Hong Kong. Very often these were sold the following week to compensate losses. This book is a must for anyone who enjoys a flutter on the horses. 


I had always been a firm believer that the wife should support her husband in his chosen profession. Ibecame no less strong in this conviction when I married a professional gambler, though I knew nothing at all about horses, dogs or cards

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