" And you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis "
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a form of motor neuron disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. As the disease develops, motor neurons die and the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movements.
Amyotrophy is the progressive wasting of muscle tissue. Sclerosis is the stiffening of tissue, usually due to replacement with connective tissue.
Stephen Hawking has ALS.
" It would be a shame to die without riding the Cyclone "
The Cyclone is a rollercoaster ride on Coney Island. It is one of the most famous attractions in Brooklyn, and has been operating for 80 years.
Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, was a fan. The Cyclone features prominently in his memoir Now and Then (1998), and his 1994 novel Closing Time.
" I'm the 467th-richest person in the world "
Forbes magazine publishes the most famous (or infamous) list of rich people
in the world. Their list only goes up to 400 so you can't check Ada Black's claim, but to own two Picassos she'd have to be very, very rich.