Goodman 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 family fortune 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 supposedly left for him by his late father.
II spent 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 and look 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 Times
wound 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
and achieving an unrivaled stock majority in Enron.