Jack Warner to Albert Einstein
As they were only twelve years apart in age, you would not say that a conversation between Albert Einstein and Warner Brothers studio mogul Jack Warner was impossible . . . just improbable. Einstein wintered in Pasadena in the early 1930s, and he occasionally ventured west to Hollywood. It was on such a visit that the head of Warner amusingly denounced nepotism.
It was not the first time that someone of lesser intellect teased Einstein about his theory that launched the 20th Century. At a 1927 party in London, the bombastic Elsa Maxwell asked him to explain his theory of relativity using words of only one syllable. His answer must not have pleased her. She later went on record stating, "Nothing spoils a good party as much as a genius."