- I read a touching story recently about one of the great old-time comedians, Jack Benny. Remember him? It seems that, sometime before his death, Jack Benny was in a florist shop. As he was leaving he said to the florist, "If anything should ever happen to me, I want you to send Mary a single red rose every day of her life." Mary, of course, was Mary Livingstone, Jack's wife of 48 years. And, indeed, when Jack died there was a provision in his will that Mary was to receive one perfect red rose daily as long as she lived.