"Perhaps many of you remember a stage show," said industrialist John J. Ryan to a Pittsburgh audience one evening, "that opened on Broadway in 1939, became one of the big hits of the season and later was made into a movie. It was 'The Man Who Came to Dinner.' It concerned a guest who was supposed to stay only one meal, but wound up spending several months - and thoroughly disorganized the entire household's life in the process. ... "The guest's name is inflation. Now some people claim he's not been such a bad fellow to have around; in fact, that on occasion he's been the life of hte party. But it is a very narrow line between the life of the party and the fellow who takes on drink too many and begins breaking up the furniture. It seems to me that this particular guest is pretty close to the furniture-breaking stage."
A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959