Most people who have a general interest in money matters know who Ben Stein is. How you know him, though, is a true sign of the generation to which you belong.
Boomers might recall him as an outspoken critic of corporate fraud during the junk bond scandals of the 1980s, while most of the early Gen Xers born in the '60s know by heart Stein's monotone econ lecture from the classic film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Later Gen Xers like myself can't think of the name "Ben Stein" without remembering his smart trivia Comedy Central game show from the late-'90s: "Win Ben Stein's Money." And even younger folk know him from his recent credit report service commercials -- that monotone, again.