Predictions Prove True —DeWese
In one account, the visionary was challenged by a skeptic, the Seigneur de Florinville, while staying at his chateau in the province of Lorraine.
Nostradamus was shown two suckling pigs—one black and the other white. Florinville then asked Nostradamus to predict which one they would eat that night for supper. Nostradamus replied they would eat the black pig. Florinville then told the cook to prepare the white pig. That evening at dinner, Nostradamus was again asked which pig they were eating, and again he replied the black one.
Florinville triumphantly asked the cook to tell which pig it was that they were eating. The cook said that while preparing the white pig a tamed wolf cub had wandered into the kitchen and devoured it. The cook then slaughtered the remaining black pig and prepared it for the dinner.
Yes, I’m sure you are getting the picture. I have eaten pork from both black and white pigs and, for that matter, mixed black and white pigs.
So, while my predictions were not precisely right, they were generally right. There’s no need to waste space precisely comparing my predictions to what actually happened. Here are some of the mega deals that I foretold.
Deluxe Corp. (NYSE: DLX), a $1.25 billion check printer based out of Shoreview, MN, acquired New England Business Services (NYSE: NEB) a Groton, MA-based printer of small business products.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) acquired Kinko’s via its parent company, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm that owned 75 percent of Kinko’s stock.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and DLJ Merchant Banking, a division of Credit Suisse First Boston, acquired Von Hoffmann, Jostens and Arcade in a series of transactions with total consideration of $2.2 billion.
RR Donnelley (NYSE: RRD) and Moore Wallace (NYSE: MWI; Toronto) completed the largest transaction in the history of the graphic arts industry, with combined revenues of $8 billion and more than 43,000 employees.