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Click. MIDSI ESCAPES!
Click. Carol Mardeusz faces prison in Marin County Court on Wednesday
Click. THE SOLANO COUNTY MISSING OR DEAD CHILD LIST.
Click. MORE ABOUT MENDOCINO'S NEW DEPUTY DA IN CHARGE OF CHILD SUPPORT TIM STOEN AND HIS JIM JONES AND PEOPLE'S TEMPLE AGENDA.
Click. Court orders parents to make their children take Ritalin or be charged with child abuse.
Click. THE AMERICAN MILITIA IS ON HIGH PRIORITY ALERT: STAND OFF IN TEXAS!
Click. COINTELPRO IN PHILADELPHIA IS STILL GOING STRONG!
Click. THE FINE WORDS AND FORCE OF OBI-WAN KENOBI.
Click. HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER HOW ANY PERSON OR COMPANY IS "TRADING WITH THE ENEMY!" Tracing the pro-Hitler roots which formed the branches of the fortunes of the Bush and Cheney families, who intend to take over the Presidency of the United States.
Click. PAT CAREY, ARTIST, ACTIVIST, ACHIEVER
by Virginia McCullough BayCities Observer
Click. Mae Brussell Returns. World Watcher's International.
DISINFORMATION: THE CIA TRIED TO HAVE OSWALD EXHUMED.
TED, ARE PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS SON GEORGE W., CHILD ABUSERS, AS YOU HAVE SAID? The women and children you care about so much, need to know, before the ballots are cast! 911! SOS! Heeeeelp!
Click. RE-DUMP (8/5/00) OF THE TED GUNDERSON DATA DUMP!
Click. THE DICK CHENEY DEEP DATA DUMP!
WITNESS FOR THE TRUTH! WITNESS IN PERIL!
HOW SONOMA AND MARIN COUNTY JUDGES, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AND THE FBI USED THE LAW TO KIDNAP AN INNOCENT 5 YEAR OLD CHILD TO COVER UP THE "JOHN DOES" BEHIND THE MURDER AND KIDNAP OF Polly Klaas. NewsMakingNews will continue to update the attempts to recall District Attorney Kamena and three Marin County Judges, and the trial of Carol Mardeusz, and the upcoming appellate battle regarding Richard Allen Davis. Click.
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MIDSI ESCAPES! MIDSI UNLOCKS THE CHAIN AROUND HER ANKLE AND CRACKS THE CASE! THE PEDOPHILE RING IS SCARED TO DEATH TONIGHT! Also scared is Marin D.A. Paula Kamena because the arrested kidnapper Curtis Dean Anderson has "luggage connections." Do you know what I mean, Paula? Wake up now!
Published Sunday, August 13, 2000, in the San Jose Mercury News
Safe at home:
Vallejo crowds break into song as 8-year-old's family rejoices.
Suspect in custody:
Stranger with kidnapping record tracked down in San Jose.
BY ROXANNE STITES © 2000 San Jose Mercury News
Mercury News Staff Writer Matthai Chakko Kuruvila contributed to this report.
Contact Roxanne Stites at or (408) 920-5446.
Eight-year-old Midsi Sanchez saw her break when the kidnapper left her in his car for a moment to panhandle for gas money.
The Vallejo girl went right for the man's keys, unlocked a chain he had wrapped around her ankle -- and ran.
She flagged down a passing truck driver, screaming ``I've been kidnapped,'' and within minutes of her daring escape, the youngster was under the protection of police in Santa Clara, some 70 miles from her Vallejo home.
Not long after that, she was eating McDonald's hamburgers and on the phone with her mom.
Late Saturday night, police tracked down Curtis Dean Anderson, 39, a San Jose resident with previous convictions for kidnapping and weapons violations, and took him into custody. Anderson once lived in Vallejo, but has no known connections to the girl.
Investigators believe the feisty 4-footer was abducted by a complete stranger Thursday just one block away from her family's home in Vallejo as she walked home from school. Then, after sleeping two nights in the front seat of a car, she managed to escape Saturday.
``She had all the right instincts and it probably saved her life,'' Santa Clara police Sgt. Anton Morec said Saturday. ``She's bright, articulate, you might even say a bit precocious,'' he added.
Susanna Velasco, who spoke with her daughter about 10 minutes mid-afternoon Saturday, told reporters that Midsi didn't seem scared and didn't sob. In a soft voice, the girl told her mother she missed her and wanted to come home.
``She is a hero,'' said Velasco, 30. ``She got away. She outsmarted him. I'm very proud of her.''
Velasco wasn't as good at holding back tears.
Saturday night, more than 100 well-wishers gathered around the front of Midsi's home, awaiting her arrival. Their mood was giddy, and adding to the festive atmosphere were balloons strung across trees and piñatas hanging from the rafters in the garage.
In a picture window in front of the house, a missing-child poster was replaced by a portrait of Midsi. Strung above the picture were banners reading: ``Welcome Back'' and ``Feliz Cumpleaños.''
As Midsi arrived home later Saturday night, the crowd outside roared. Brilliant TV camera lights shone on the path to the door. Midsi appeared scared as she was carried into the house in her father's arms. Once inside, he put her down and relatives and friends took turns hugging her. At that point, Midsi began to cry and she called out for her parents.
Meanwhile, the crowd outside serenaded her with rounds of ``Happy Birthday to You'' and ``Las Mañanitas,'' a traditional Mexican birthday song. Midsi's birthday was Aug. 3, and she had chosen Saturday to celebrate it.
At one point, Midsi's father brought her to the picture window, prompting more cheers from the crowd outside. Midsi cried, but the crowd broke out in song again and Midsi stopped crying and smiled. Her father beamed -- in stark contrast his demeanor earlier in the day, when he could barely lift his head.
The story of Midsi's alleged kidnapping began when the last school bell rang Thursday at 3:05 p.m. at Highland Elementary School in Vallejo. The girl, who was supposed to walk home with her older brother, wandered ahead of him.
As it now appears, investigators said, the kidnapper pulled up alongside her, picked her up, and then carried her to his car. Little is known about where exactly they drove or what they did.
But sometime Friday night, Anderson allegedly pulled up into the Santa Clara parking lot of America Networking, a business where he worked until sometime five to nine months ago. A company manager there told police he had just stopped showing up.
Police said the pair slept in the front seats of the car. The back was too crammed with garbage, clothes and other junk, the girl told police. She said he abandoned her at least a couple of times Friday night to talk with former co-workers inside the Laurelwood Road business.
But every time he left, she told police, he anchored her to the car by wrapping a chain around her right ankle and locking it to the underside of the seat.
The girl's chance came about 11 a.m. Saturday. Her abductor had gotten out of the car and walked several yards away to ask a group of people for gas money and the use of their cellular phone, police said.
He made one mistake: He left behind his ring of keys. Without hesitating, the girl grabbed the keys, found the right one and unlocked the chain that bound her to the car.
She threw open the door and ran into the middle of the nearest street. ``I've been kidnapped,'' the girl yelled to a passing delivery person before hopping up into his vehicle.
Police said the girl told the stranger her name and asked him to call for help. Vallejo police authorities believe Anderson started racing after the girl, and only turned back after seeing how close he was to being caught.
Police said he hopped into his car and took off again. Morec said Midsi was in police custody and on her way back to Vallejo about 3 p.m. Saturday, but was first headed to a hospital to be examined for any injuries.
Back at the family's home, dozens of friends and relatives gathered to celebrate the girl's return.
Earlier in the day, before Midsi's escape, celebration was far from their minds. The closest family members had gathered tearfully, knelt before a tabletop of candles and religious symbols and prayed the rosary.
Family in crisis
Some told stories. Fourteen-year-old Monica Velasco said every Saturday morning, her sister would pop out of bed and drag her pink Barbie sleeping bag to the living room couch where she would tune into Saturday morning cartoons.
Other times, she'd pop in a Spice Girls or Selena CD and watch herself dance and sing in the reflection of the stereo. But on this weekend morning, no one knew what the 8-year-old was doing. Where she was. Whom she was with. Or even if she was alive.
And instead of trying to drag her little girl away from the tube, Velasco faced camera crews and pleaded for her return.
It was just before noon when police began arriving at their house and whisked away Midsi's parents without saying a word. They wrapped yellow police tape around the house -- something the rest of the family thought was a sign that Midsi was dead.
The family broke down in tears. The girl's grandmother cried hysterically. A pregnant aunt held onto her protruding stomach as she wailed and prayed in Spanish. Relatives started yelling at each other. Monica began to hyperventilate. The crying was uncontrollable for more than 15 minutes. Then the phone rang.
It was Midsi's mom. She said nothing about the lost girl, but sounded calm and said she needed to speak to Monica. Final word didn't come for about an hour. But when it did, relatives raised their hands toward the sky in relief.
Residents, still grappling with the mysterious Dec. 9 disappearance of another Vallejo child, 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild, were happy about Midsi's return.
``What a gutsy little girl,'' said Bonnie Massenkoff. ``I would think a kid would be so frozen with fear they wouldn't know what to do.''
Child kidnapping by a stranger is a rare crime, according to statistics from the state Department of Justice. In 1997 in Santa Clara County, there was one child kidnapping by stranger, 233 child kidnappings by family members and 341 of unknown circumstances.
Vallejo police said they plan to help arrange counseling for Midsi. ``I just wanted to say how relieved we are to have her back,'' said Vallejo Mayor Anthony J. Intintoli.
``But we can't forget the second child this year and that we have another case outstanding and that tempers our joy. But we are immensely relieved -- very happy.''
AN AMERICAN HEROINE!
THIS WOMAN, CAROL MARDEUSZ, WITH HER CHILD HALEIGH, WHO SHE HASN'T SEEN FOR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF RULINGS OF SONOMA COUNTY JUDGES, WILL GO TO PRISON ON TUESDAY BECAUSE SHE IDENTIFIED A JOHN DOE WHO WAS STALKING THE PETALUMA NEIGHBORHOOD, WITH RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS, PRIOR TO POLLY KLAAS' KIDNAP.
A MOTHER, WHO IDENTIFIED THESE PEDOPHILE KIDNAPPERS, IS RETALIATED AGAINST FOR SPEAKING OUT, AND GOES TO PRISON! written by Kate Dixon © 2000 (Come on, Paula, Sue Me! Make my Day!)
MARIN D.A. PAULA KAMENA, "THE PERVERTS' BEST FRIEND", NOW JOINS THE RANKS OF THOSE WHO LOVE, PROTECT AND COMFORT THE LOCAL PEDOPHILE RING. PAULA REFUSED TO INVESTIGATE THE EVIDENCE CAROL MARDEUSZ PRESENTED TO THE MARIN D.A.'S OFFICE ABOUT HER DAUGHTER'S BEING ABUSED BY LEO MAGERS, AND INSTEAD THREW CAROLE INTO PRISON WITH TRUMPED-UP CHARGES. PAULA HAS A LIFE OF PECULIAR ENJOYMENTS. PAULA SEEMS TO ENJOY KNOWING THAT LITTLE HALEIGH IS ABUSED AND PAULA DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. DOES PAULA LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF THE CIGARETTE BURNS ALL OVER HER LEGS WITH HER NICE-Y NICE GRIN? PAULA PARTICULARLY LIKES HOW SHE DESTROYED THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF THE ABUSE OF HALEIGH. PAULA LIKES THE THRILL OF BOOKING LEO MAGERS, THEN LETTING HIM WALK FREE. PAULA REALLY REALLY LIKES HOW THE PERVERTS ARE RUNNING AROUND FREE AND HAVING "CELEBRATIONS" IN VALLEJO. PAULA KNOWS WHO RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS' ACCOMPLICES WERE, AND KNOWS THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, AS THEY CHECK OUT THE LITTLE KIDS WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL. SWEETLY SMART PAULA PARTICULARLY ENJOYS THE FACT THAT LITTLE MIDSI IS MISSING NOW, BECAUSE MILLIONAIRE PAULA IS PROUD SHE LET THE BIG-BUCK PERVERTS GET AWAY ON HER WATCH!
NEWSMAKINGNEWS NOTES: THE FBI STILL WON'T INVESTIGATE MARIO ANGELO VITALI, OWNER OF THE CAR THAT RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS USED TO STALK KIDS IN PETALUMA. THE FBI WON'T EVEN LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE AGAINST LEO MAGERS. And then there's the Emeryville pedophiles, Aaron Cargo, Gordon Potter, Sylvester Bruce and their kiddie porn factories.... And then there's the federal judges who protect them: Susan Illston, Charles A. Legge. Wayne A. Brazil, Fern Smith, Vaughn Walker.
POOR XIANA. POOR HALEIGH! POOR SO SO MANY LITTLE TINY KIDS! As the multibillion dollar river of gold--the kiddie porn industry is immune from prosecution in Northern California! As the FBI tries to fool the public. Well, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. Mitzi Sanchez took the keys, unlocked the chain around her ankle. Mitzi, age eight, wasn't fooled!
CAROL MARDEUSZ FACES PRISON ON TUESDAY IN MARIN COURT.
The jury in the Carol Mardeusz case found her guilty as charged.
To get that verdict, Judge Verna Adams made certain that any of the evidence which would show that Carol is innocent was ordered to be kept from the jury. The judges' instruction to the jury included that the jurors were not to consider the punishment when considering guilt or innocence. Nor were they to question the law, as the judge gave it to them. The jurors were not told of their absolute power to ignore the judge and the law, and to decide the case on its merits and their own consciences. Their questions to the judge went unanswered, or they were told they were "not to inquire" in the matters they questioned.
Given the kangaroo court nature of this set-up, the jury found Carol guilty of the narrow charges against her. She was not allowed to introduce exculpatory evidence. The jurors were duped by the lies of the DA and the unconscionable rulings of the judge.
If you've been following the case, you already know that this mom is innocent, and that her daughter continues to be sacrificed by an uncaring, corrupt system, for reasons we can only guess at. Prosecuting a loving mom for trying to protect her child makes no sense, even if the mom were guilty as charged. Carol Mardeusz is NOT guilty as charged, or in any other manner. The system is guilty for protecting a child molester and a corrupt attorney, while it persecutes the innocent mom and betrays its responsibility to protect the child.
Carol's sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 15, 0900 in Judge Verna Adam's court. The probation department has been rushed in their evaluation, and it appears that the political "fix" is ongoing. The system wants this innocent woman in jail, and I expect that no matter how favorable the probation report, Adams will sentence Carol to enough time that she will be in jail during the Richard Alan Davis trial, for which she is a Brady witness. Carol's testimony could damage the official line that Davis acted
I've been following this case for about 2 years, and I now believe it very likely that much of her persecution at the hands of the bureaucracy has been to protect those whose careers depend upon their being able to continue to promote their claim that Richard Alan Davis acted alone in kidnapping and murdering Polly Klaas. Carol's testimony could cast doubt on the official theory, but not if she's in jail, discredited under a cloud of perjury.
Whatever the true facts, this innocent, honest woman does not deserve jail time, especially as she has only one functioning kidney, and is unlikely to leave jail alive - a scenario which I believe may well be the result desired by Judge Adams, DA Vieira, and whoever are the behind-the-scenes manipulators in this surreal case.
YOU can help! Please! Write or fax your local newspapers. Call in to radio talk shows. Come to court. Contact Judge Adams, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, and anyone else you can think of. Injustice for one is injustice for all. Start a protest. Join the Broom Marchers recall movement by signing and circulating recall petitions. More info is available at 707 996-2538. Or you may contact me by e-mail, phone or fax and I'll be happy to share the information I have.
Again, the sentencing date is Tuesday, Aug 15 0900, Judge Verna Adams presiding.
Bureau Chief, Coast Writers Syndicate
or 707 823-9059 (voice/fax)
THE SOLANO COUNTY MISSING OR DEAD CHILD LIST
LE-ZAHN WILLIAMS infant, Vallejo, 1996
Click here to read about Le-Zahn, an African American baby, whose case is all but forgotten. Le-Zahn disappeared, only three years ago, within a few miles of Xiana's school.
AMANDA NIKKI CAMPBELL child, Fairfield, Solano County, Dec. 27, 1991.
FOUND! MIDSI SANCHEZ, Vallejo, August 10, 2000
MIDSI ESCAPED HER KIDNAPPER CURTIS DEAN ANDERSON ON AUGUST 12, 2000!
HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME CITY OF FAIRFIELD-- IF SUSPECTS IN CHILD KIDNAP CASES ARE PAID OFF, SOLANO COUNTY IS A SAFE HAVEN FOR PEDOPHILES! On May 2, 1997, the City of Fairfield, (located in Solano County) paid Timothy Bindner $90,000 to settle his lawsuit against the Fairfield police for having executed a search warrant at his Oakland home looking for evidence pertaining to Nikki Campbell and Amber Swartz Garcia. Bindner's status was classified as a suspect in these and several other cases at the time of the payment. Attorneys for Binder were Gary Lepper and Matthew Harrington, his partner, who also defended the Emeryville child molesters at the Emery Unified School District. None of these molesters were prosecuted either and they are walking around free and some of them are teaching school children, and others are government officials and owners of corporations in Alameda County.
A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA "Stalemate" by John Philpin, A Bantam Book, 1997. This superb book exposes the child porn/kidnap/murder ring operating in Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa Counties and tells the tale of Timothy Bindner and the FBI's failures to solve too many cases, which has resulted in death after death after death!
Robinson, mother of missing Xiana Fairchild, to testify before federal grand jury. Click.
"But there was another, equally coercive side the world never saw, which was instrumental in driving the community towards its doom. Namely, how the unspeakably tragic end was provoked from the outside, using a dangerously unstable leader who, nevertheless, had well-founded reason to fear invasion. Military threats, and an actual previous attack (in September, 1977), by allegedly "humane rescuers." Threats they mercilessly pressed 'til the dam broke. Threats pressed notably by one Timothy Stoen, whose false paternity claim to a small child was calculatingly designed to drive the people of Jonestown to their doom." Click.
By Karen Thomas © 2000, USA TODAY
Some public schools are accusing parents of child abuse when they balk at giving their kids drugs such as Ritalin, and as judges begin to agree, some parents are medicating their children for fear of having them hauled away.
It's an emerging twist in the growing debate about diagnosing and medicating children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): An Albany, N.Y., couple put their 7-year-old son back on Ritalin after a family court ruled that they must continue medicating him for ADD.
Child protective services visited another New York couple to check out anonymous allegations of "medical neglect" after they took their son off Ritalin and other drugs because of side effects, the couple said.
"This is relatively new, but it's happening," says Maryland psychiatrist Peter Breggin, who is aware of similar cases in Boston. Often, he says, divorced parents disagree on medicating kids, and judges recently have ruled in favor of the parent who wants to medicate. The Albany case is the first pitting educators against parents that progressed to a judge's ruling.
"This is going to be happening more and more," says psychologist Peter Jensen, who is on the board of Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder, a parents group that advocates combining drug and behavior treatments.
As many as 3.8 million schoolchildren are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
At least 2 million take Ritalin, a stimulant, for symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity and sometimes hyperactivity.
Many others are treated with different drugs.
Research shows that medication improves the abilities of ADHD children. "It's becoming increasingly clear that this is a powerful treatment that can be lifesaving for some children," Jensen says. "The risk for severe ADHD going untreated is not trivial."
But should parents be forced to put their children on drugs?
The long-term effects of children taking stimulants have not been studied. And psychology professor William Frankenberger, who has studied ADD/ADHD at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for more than 20 years, says it's "disturbing to take a decision like that out of parents' hands."
WHY ARE THE GUYS DOING HUD HOUSING IN PUERTO RICO BUYING LAND FROM SPOOKY FIRMS WITH WATER RIGHTS IN NAPA VALLEY?
Kermit Roosevelt's Buttes Gas & Oil leased land from the Gambonini family in Marin, with its mercury (quicksilver) mine--nothing but ecological disaster resulted. Spooks killed Tomales Bay. Kermit had, of course, very close ties to the Shah of Iran who trusted him implicitly when things got "edgy" in Iran.
Kermit had, in the end "of his own initiative," restored the Shah to power in Iran in 1953 (see "New York Times" April 16, 2000 available in archives at http://www.nytimes.com). He ignored an Executive "shut-down" order.
By 1979 as the Shah was fidgeting and fleeing, Kermit operated a subsidiary within his business front, Buttes Gas & Oil, known as Buttes Resources International. One of its subsidiaries, in turn, was Buttes Resources Guatemala.
Sally Denton, in her explosive "Bluegrass Conspiracy" (1990, New York: Doubleday) informs us one Larry Bryant of the Air Force had top-security clearance and was procuring radar warning receivers and other sensitive military equipment from the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.
Bryant, with his cuzzin' Bradley in tow, told an official at China Lake in September 1979 "he was involved in an acquisition program involving a foreign country ... and also tried to interest (the official) in a Guatemala Hotel deal that would be used as a 'refuge' for the Shah of Iran."
Does Kermit's history and relationship with the Shah hint that he was active with the CIA in plans to see the Shah safely out of Iran in 1979? Was he operating under his own power to help a friend? Did he have a connection with Larry and Bradley Bryant, through Buttes in Guatemala? All of this was going on "same time, same place, same stations."
Bradley Bryant was found to be a member of "The Company" of arms for drugs dealers and was charged for his role in major cocaine trafficking from Colombia to the U.S. by the early 1980s. Too many drug cases were shut down or tried with less than just outcomes.
Bradley and his drug organization were in possession of radar tracking equipment, night vision goggles, and sophisticated weapons -- some from China Lake "appropriations."
Bryant had hubs in Lexington, KY and "associations" in Fresno, CA. Buttes Gas & Oil also owned vast farm acreage in Fresno. In addition, Kermit and his partner, John B. Anderson, owned 100,000 acres in Gila Bend, Arizona.
In the early 1980s, when a Federal prosecutor nabbed some drug importers in the Fresno area, others in their network fled for safety and re-established their Company operations out of Gila Bend, AZ. ("Last Circle"). Such coincidences we find with Kermit's turf.
While Superfund monies are cleaning up the toxics from the Gambonini venture, a successor to Buttes Gas & Oil assets, namely Reunion Industries, is preparing to carve up and mock Napa County's Ag Preserve.
HELLO, NAPA COUNTY, HERE THEY COME AGAIN!
Thanks to the Puget Sound Business Journal July 14, we have learned that "Triad will try the wine country" (http://www.bizjournals.com for full text).
The gist is Seattle developer Triad Development, Inc. has agreed to pay about $17 million for more than 3,200 acres of the former Buttes land. Currently known as Juliana Vineyards, the new developers plan to re-hash a development that has already been rejected by Napa County's planning commission and board of supervisors as recently as 1996.
A quick peek at Reunion Industries 1996 10-K (Annual Report (http://www.sec.gov, EDGAR Archives, enter Reunion and Industries) indicates the company "canceled its development plans and would be selling the land." To date, large chunks have been sold to two vintners now farming the land.
Triad Development Inc. plans to "develop the land" and start with 25 homes. They envision the same "master development plan" presented by a developer that lost its development contract with Reunion Resources on the heels of the county defeat.
But what is at stake here? It is all of the eastern part of Napa County, the wide open country and the lovely hills that form the divide of Napa Valley and Pope Valley. Why? Because with this property sale goes "Big Lake" and its water reserves.
The water isn't potable, but approval of a purification plant could handle that problem for Triad's home development project. If they had such a plant, they could form a local public agency to distribute water. And wouldn't developer Joseph M. Beale (JMB Arvida, Chicago) who owns about 1,200 water-starved acres nearby be right there to capitalize? His land has already been subdivided into hundreds of small parcels. The reasons for no development have been "no water" and zoning.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
NewsMakingNews welcomes any information about Triad Development, Inc., particularly any links this outfit might have to the old Buttes Gas & Oil, The Company, developers JMB - Arvida, Joe Beale, or HUD deals where their affiliate Pinnacle Realty Management enjoys government largesse.
Why are we suspicious?
1. There's obviously something rotten in Denmark when a developer plans to do the development while knowing the development has been rejected as a violation of the county's zoning and land use laws. It's definite mal-intent.
2. Spooks, lords and launderers often flip properties within their own network. Reunion Industries has been cash starved, no doubt about it.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG TO HUD
Triad Development, Inc., Seattle, Washington (50% John Goodman, 50% attorney Fred Grimm)
Pinnacle Realty Management Co. (25% John Goodman, 25% Stan Harrelson, 50% Phoenix Home Life Mutual, Chairman. J. Carter Bacot)
We know from "1997 Top 50 Property Management Firms" that Pinnacle Realty was already several years into HUD and U.S. Military Housing rehab and property management deals since at least 1994, and that Triad handled redevelopment and development contracts. We further know "(Pinnacle) was awarded 1,700 units in Atlanta, 1,500 units in Chicago and 650 units in San Bernardino, CA last year by the respective Housing Agencies as part of a movement to privatize public housing" (that would be contract awards in 1996) while they also had contracts from HUD to help service HUD's troubled mortgage and apartment portfolio. These programs at HUD have been criticized as the costs per unit are substantially in excess of other development options, and far in excess of the cost of housing that can be afforded by the average American taxpayer who is paying for it.
The article continues "on the conventional side, the firm will continue to grow its portfolio through new clients and affiliated entities such as Phoenix Realty Advisors, Triad and Keg LLP." At the PinnacleRealty.com website, we read (they have) "more than 20 branch offices across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico." This suggests both volume business and long term arrangements with HUD in Puerto Rico.
The first mention of "San Juan, Puerto Rico" endeavors is with respect to 1997. That is in a 1999 "Seattle Pacific Gem" article "Pinnacle Realty Management Company," which mentions only the "public housing management assignments" but nothing about rehab or Triad (http://www.urbantapstries.com).
When hurricane George hit, 1998 was a massive "rehab" year in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is also expected to have increased demands placed on housing as a result of the shift of American personnel from Puerto Rico.
A recent editorial by Paul Gigot in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the importance of Puerto Rico to HUD's operations in response to Secretary Andrew Cuomo announcing that he had agreed to pay $130MM to settle a lawsuit filed by a Puerto Rican housing authority (the second largest housing authority in the HUD system, New York City being the largest) that the US Attorney is probing for corruption.
The Puerto Rican housing authority is currently under 8 criminal investigations for fraud and more indictments are expected. The settlement came on June 7, four days before the Puerto Rican Day parade would gather an estimated 1 million New Yorkers, presumably many of who are eligible to vote for the First Lady. Cuomo, Gigot points out, is rumored to be a candidate for New York Governor in 2002.
See San Francisco Examiner (http://www.sfgate.com) for an August 6, 2000 article describing massive HUD frauds in Puerto Rico, and also in San Bernardino County . San Bernadino County has been the location of some most significant HUD mortgage fund losses during the Clinton Administration, with total losses estimated to be in the billions. San Bernadino is in the Congressional District of Congressman Jerry Lewis (R), who was the chair of HUD's appropriations subcommittee until he was promoted to chair the Defense appropriations subcommittee (see http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us).
WHY IS THIS INFORMATION CRITICAL?
Corruption is at its worse when underworld profits can fuel over world businesses and the two work together in harmony with government, who pours out government subsidy and financing guaranteed by the taxpayers to help the two buy up our communities at our expense.
Why is Phoenix, with a board of directors that reads like a who is who of groups like the Council on Foreign Relations, flowing capital into HUD operations, and who is making sure the inside deals and profits flow back at subsidy levels that are a sure fire loss for communities and taxpayers? What does this have to do with providing the profits and capital to then buy out "spook" firms at lucrative prices in Napa Valley. Does the fact that Secretary Cuomo's wife and father are members of the Council on Foreign Relations with the chairman of the board of Phoenix have anything to do with it?
Is this a shell game at our expense? Inquiring minds want to know how the money works on Triad Development.
THE FINE WORDS AND FORCE OF OBI-WAN KENOBI
SIR ALEC GUINNESS, 86, has passed. Sir Guinness earned his reputation as one of the world's finest actors in roles such as Hamlet and Mr. Nicholson in the Bridge Over River Kwai, but became most famous by wowing younger generations of moviegoers as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars. Click.
Here is some of the wit, wisdom and force of Sir Guinness, known for his anonymity as an actor, delivered as Obi-Wan Kenobi:
"You were right about one thing, Master. The negotiations were short."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, The Phantom Menace
"That boy is our last hope."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Empire Strikes Back
"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I will become more powerful that you can imagine."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"Why do I get the feeling we've just acquired another pathetic life form?"
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, The Phantom Menace
"Use the Force, Luke."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"I am ready to face the trials."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, The Phantom Menace
"For more than a thousand generations the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Before the dark times. Before the Empire."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"Luke: How did my father die?
Obi-Wan: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"The Force can have a strong influence on a weak mind."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"Han Solo: Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Alderaan system?
Obi-wan Kenobi: Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.
Han Solo: Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon"
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"You must learn the ways of the Force if you are to come with me to Alderaan"
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"Han Solo: Damn fool, I knew you were going to say that.
Obi-wan Kenobi: Who's the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
"Luke, don't give into hate. That leads to the dark side."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, The Empire Strikes Back
"So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Return of the Jedi
"The Force will be with you, always."
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, A New Hope
THE BAYCITIES OBSERVER
"Have I missed the mark, or, like a true archer, do I strike my mark?
Or am I a prophet of lies, a babbler from door to door?"
Cassandra, as reported by Agamemnon
© 2000 Virginia McCullough. All Rights Reserved. Use only with written permission.
PAT CAREY, ARTIST, ACTIVIST, ACHIEVER
In the fall of 1995 this author became the curator and custodian of the Mae Brussell Collection. Mae researched, published, broadcast and taught her beloved "Brussellsprouts" for over twenty years. She held the 1987 George Seldes Award from the Society of Journalists and was listed in The International Who's Who of Intellectuals in 1983. Mae always said that she was able to accomplish all that she did through the support, love and help of her beloved followers and friends.
When Jeff and Tom Davis delivered the Mae Brussell Collection to my care, they gave me a long list of "Brussellsprouts" who mourned the loss of Mae's wisdom. Each of these individuals are unique, intelligent, caring and dedicated to their own causes. One such individual is Pat Carey, an artist and an activist who has accomplished a great deal in her lifetime. Like Mae, Pat married shortly after attending school and had a family. Both women found themselves divorced and raising their children on their own for several years. The two friends could have been sisters. In this millennium year Mae would have turned 78 years old on May 22nd; Pat Carey will be 80 years of age on December 1, 2000.
Pat was born in New York, N.Y. and traveled with her family to Illinois before settling in Los Angeles where she graduated from Hollywood High School. She then attended art school with her sister and she married in 1943. After her divorce Pat settled in Carmel where her sister and brother-in-law helped her raise her children. Carmel was also the home of Mae Brussell and her children, but the two women did not meet there. In the early 1970's Pat Carey moved to San Francisco supporting herself as a professional graphic artist.
In the city by the Bay, Pat Carey became a beloved political activist. In 1971 HUD wanted to purchase the historical Goodman Building located at 1117 Geary Street at Van Ness. HUD wanted to tear down the building, housing an artists' collective residence, and build a 22-story office building. Pat poured over the court house and library records and documented the history of the house where Mervyn Goodman had been born in 1903. Her historical research was crucial to placing the Goodman Building on the National Register of Historic Buildings, thereby preserving for future generations one more precious bit of San Francisco's history.
It was during the struggle to preserve the Goodman Building that Pat first became acquainted with Mae Brussell's work. The two women met and soon became fast friends. Mae would often stay at Pat's home in San Francisco which was near the radio station that Mae was broadcasting from in the late 70's and early '80's. One evening, Mae invited Pat to go to the studio with her while she taped her show. Pat said, "It blew my mind - the depth of her knowledge and how she could just put the puzzles together so easily for everyone to see. I sat there with my mouth open because I could not believe it."
Pat maintains her great love of art and continues to use her talents to further her activism. Family members say of Pat Carey that she is an independent thinker who speaks for herself and is totally on her own selecting the causes she chooses to support. One person, very close to Pat, describes her as a combination of "telephone, telegraph, teletype, and telepath" defining her ability to share information and communicate with others. She informs everybody of her concerns by phone, by mail, and by the art work on her numerous political posters.
Sister Bernie Galven of the Religious Witness for the Homeless in San Francisco, says that, "Pat Carey has always demonstrated a deep compassion for poor and homeless people." At the Presidio and in Golden Gate Park, Pat joined many other demonstrators and has been arrested, fingerprinted, and sentenced to community service for demonstrating against the arrest and abuse of the homeless. It is ironic that a woman with the moral integrity of Pat Carey would be sentenced to community service when that is exactly what she has always done with her life.
Paul Bernardino of The Network Against War & Fascism and Emergency Times Network relates how the sight of Pat Carey stuffed on the back of Paul's motor scooter as they went from one neighborhood meeting to another would always make people smile. Scooting around San Francisco, Pat Carey has made a name for herself as a neighborhood activist, homeless advocate, and member of Food Not Bombs. With Paul Bernardino, she helped produce the twice monthly Viacom TV series, "Network Against War & Fascism" which ran from 1989 through 1992. Currently Pat Carey is working on the Ralph Nader for President campaign.
I regret that I did not get the opportunity to meet Pat Carey until The National Conference on The Invisible Government [AIDS, War, Genocide and State Repression] held on October 19, 1996. At that conference we both spoke about our love for and admiration of Mae Brussell. Most recently Pat Carey donated an extensive collection of her art work to the Mae Brussell Collection where it will enjoy protection and many a posting on the world wide web.
Thank you, Pat Carey, for your many years of sensitivity and compassion.
TO SEE SOME OF PAT CAREY'S BEAUTIFUL ART, DONATED TO THE MAE BRUSSELL COLLECTION, Click 1. Click 2. Click 3. Click 4. Click 5.
Virginia McCullough © 2000
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HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER HOW ANY PERSON OR COMPANY IS "TRADING WITH THE ENEMY" by Linda Minor © 2000
Tracing the pro-Hitler roots which formed the branches of the fortunes of the Bush and Cheney families, who intend to take over the Presidency of the United States.
Researcher Anton Chaitkin was the son of a Jewish attorney, Joseph Chaitkin, whose clients invested in bonds issued by the Hamburg-Amerika Line, which had taken over the North German Lloyd steamship line. After Hitler came to power, Hamburg-Amerika stopped payment to the bondholders based on an order issued by Hitler, but actually arranged by John Foster Dulles and his friend Hjalmar Schacht. Schacht was born in Germany but had grown up in the U.S. and been educated alongside America's elite sons, but who returned to Germany to be Hitler's finance minister.
Joseph Chaitkin filed suit in New York in 1934 on behalf of his clients and organized a boycott against trading with the new German government. His efforts were stifled by a number of investment bankers operating in the United States, ostensibly American patriots, but later accused of being traders with the enemy. The research conducted by Anton Chaitkin into the cover-up that ensued has been thoroughly documented in the book he wrote with Webster Tarpley called The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush. Click to read excerpts.
I have never been one who believes anything I read without investigation. After reading the book, I asked myself: "What is the best way to actually remove the veil that preserves the secrecy around the investments managed by the investment bank of Brown Brothers Harriman?" Is there anything I can do to find out what the real truth is?
This alleged conspiracy -- of Bush and Harriman trading with the enemy--which took place between the two world wars, was continued after World War II by the rise to power of both Dulles brothers and their creation of the Central Intelligence Agency. After learning about this conspiracy, it seemed that the only way to learn the truth about whether the same type of trading with the enemy is continuing today is to follow the advice of the secretive "Deep Throat" and "follow the money." Thanks to the internet, all of us can do the same thing in the privacy of our own homes and offices.
A few years ago I downloaded a list of all the partners of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. from a university computer. Recently I have been taking each name and running it through the recorded filings which are accessible through the SEC Edgar sites on the internet.
Let's take one of those names and explore what we find. It's an historical name passed down through the generations--Elbridge T. Gerry--a family name which was around even before E.H. Harriman became a household word. The first Elbridge T. Gerry (a merchant shipper) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and took a seat at the Continental Congress in 1776, served until 1785, and then retired to Cambridge, Mass. He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1810 and, in 1813, was elected as James Madison's vice-president, though he died a year later. He had three sons and four daughters. (see http://www.jmu.edu/madison/gerry.htm ).
His grandson "Commodore" Elbridge Thomas Gerry, 1837-1927, was a reformer. A position as legal advisor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals led to his founding (1875), with the help of Henry Bergh, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (sometimes called the Gerry Society). He devoted most of his life to this cause, which became national in scope. He and his wife, Louisa M. Gerry had two sons named after wealthy New Yorkers, Peter Goelet and Robert Livingston, and two daughters, Angelica and Francis. (See http://www.scripophily.net/scripophily/masvotbil.html )
Robert Livingston Gerry married Cornelia Harriman (daughter of railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman) in March 1908, and in 1912 built an estate, known as Aknusti on their 2,000 acre property in Delaware County, New York. They had four sons - Elbridge T., Robert L., and twins Henry and Edward. (See http://www.hartwick.edu/library/archives/gerry/moreinfo.html )
In 1939 their son, Edward H. Gerry, married Martha Botts Farish -- the daughter of William Stamps Farish, founder of Humble Oil in Houston. Cornelia Harriman was the sister of Averill. Edward's brother Elbridge, the eldest, born in 1908, held general partnerships in the banking firms Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, and Gerry Brothers & Company, and was a well-known philanthropist, notable polo player, avid participant in harness racing, and breeder of champion horse racers. In 1932 he married Marjorie Kane, daughter of John P. Kane. They had two sons, Elbridge T. Jr. and Peter G. II, and a daughter Marjorie. Elbridge Gerry, Sr. died February 26, 1999. Elbridge T. Jr. has assumed the role as partner in the Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. limited partnership.
The Edward Gerrys had four children including Mrs. Cornelia Corbett (owner of American Soccer League team--Tampa Bay Rowdies) [note #1 below] and William F. Gerry, and have been heavily involved in horse-breeding. The Farish family genealogy shows that the family came to Virginia from Cumberland, England shortly after 1700, relocating to Mississippi a few generations later, before the Civil War. An ancestor, Hazlewood Farish, was married to the niece of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, and his son married Kate Power in 1860, whose father Stephen Power, owned one of the largest plantations in Natchez, Mississippi. Their son, the first William Stamps Farish, was born in Mississippi in 1881. His son was born in Texas in 1912 and died in 1943, one year after his father. (Genealogy set out in http://www.specent.com/dfarish/ged/dat9.htm#17 ).
In 1928 W. Averill Harriman had played polo with Major Louis A. Beard, Walter A. Goodwin, William Ziegler, Elbert T. Gerry III, Robert Gerry, R. Penn Smith, and Marshall Field at Saratoga. In 1932 other players included John Hay "Jock" Whitney, C.V. "Sonny" Whitney, Robert Gerry, Edward Gerry and Henry Gerry. It was at Saratoga also that the family of Billy Mellon Hitchcock played polo, including Billy's father, Tommy Hitchcock who was on Averill Harriman's team for a time.
Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. was elected to the corporate board of Union Pacific Corporation in 1986, where he now sits alongside Mr. Richard B. Cheney. He is a member of the corporation's executive committee and finance committee. The current members of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are Robert P. Bauman (Chair), Philip F. Anschutz, Richard B. Cheney, Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr., and Richard J. Mahoney. They also comprise directors of a separate holding company called Union Pacific Capital Trust, which recently issued a prospectus containing excerpts shown below.
My understanding of what the Union Pacific Capital Trust prospectus describes (convertible preferred securities) is that it is similar to getting a second lien on your home to put a new roof on. But in order to get the money from the lender, you have to go to the first lender and get it to determine that its lien is worthless unless the roof is repaired, and so the lender agrees to subordinate the first lien. What that means is that existing shareholders are giving the opportunity to sell their stock to raise the money. The new owner acquires preferred (non-voting) shares which can be converted back to common shares by repayment of the money given to the company in accordance with the terms of the agreement. If it turns out, however, that there is no increase in the share value, the seller of the stock can decide to forego the right to repurchase the shares and let the lender/purchaser foreclose and get the shares which were the collateral for the money paid.
Now this may not be exactly right, since I'm a real estate lawyer instead of an investment banker or tax accountant, but it gives you a general idea about what the following filings are talking about and about how the Union Pacific Railroad appears to be in the process of being looted by people like Dick Cheney and Brown Brothers Harriman. The question is: "Who is going to gain from this situation?" You can bet that it will be taxpayers, along with the pension funds and other holders of mutual funds, who will lose.
Click to read the prospectus of the Union Pacific Capital Trust.
Note that Lynne V. Cheney is a director for the spin-off company, Union Pacific Resources, Inc., serving on both the Audit and Finance Committees. which has its offices at 777 Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas. This building also houses Richard Rainwater's Crescent Real Estate Equities, which is one of the largest REITs in the U.S. See SEC filing at http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/918958/0000950134-98-003648.txt , which shows the following resume for Mr. Rainwater:
Richard E. Rainwater has been an independent investor since 1986. From 1970 to 1986, he served as the chief investment advisor to the Bass family, whose overall wealth increased dramatically during his tenure. During that time he was principally responsible for numerous major corporate and real estate acquisitions and dispositions. Immediately after beginning his independent investment activities, he founded ENSCO International Incorporated, an oil field service and offshore drilling company, in 1986. Additionally, in 1987 he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation, and in 1989 participated in a management-led buyout of HCA-Hospital Corporation of America. In 1992, Mr. Rainwater was one of the founders of Mid Ocean Limited, a provider of casualty re-insurance. In February 1994, he assisted in the merger of Columbia Hospital Corporation and HCA-Hospital Corporation of America that created Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Rainwater serves as a director of Pioneer Natural Resources ("Pioneer"), one of the largest oil and gas companies in the United States. In 1996, Mr. Rainwater led a recapitalization of Mesa, Inc. (Pioneer's predecessor), and a partnership controlled by Mr. Rainwater became a major shareholder in July 1996. Mr. Rainwater is also chairman of the board of directors of Crescent Operating, Inc. ("COI"). Mr. Rainwater is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mr. Rainwater has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trust Managers since the Company's inception in 1994.
Note that Rainwater's connection to Columbia/HCA may be no coincidence, since one of the biggest investors in that company was the 1818 Fund controlled by Brown Brothers Harriman. Brown Brothers Harriman partner Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. is also a director of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Capital Trust.]
[For more insight into the Bush connection to Richard Rainwater, see: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/3750/bushmillions.html HOW BUSH REALLY MADE HIS MILLIONS.] See attached picture of locations of the resources owned by the company. See also: http://www.upr.com/investor/97annrep/directors.shtml
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Resources Group Inc. (NYSE: UPR - news) today announced that its Board and the Board of Norcen Energy Resources Limited (Norcen) have unanimously approved the acquisition of Norcen by UPR. The US$2.6 billion all cash transaction will increase UPR's estimated 1998 revenues to US$2.7 billion from US$1.9 billion. UPR is offering C$19.80 per share (US$13.65) for all outstanding shares of Norcen stock which represents a 29 percent premium over Norcen's closing price on January 23, 1998 of C$15.30 per share. UPR will also assume Norcen's outstanding net debt of approximately US$900 million, giving the overall transaction a US$3.5 billion value. Norcen's properties are located in four major areas which include Western Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and Guatemala. In addition, Norcen owns producing properties in Argentina and offshore Australia. http://www.upr.com/news/980126a.shtml
The Company's executive offices are located at 1717 Main Street, Suite 5900, Dallas, Texas 75201-4605, and its telephone number is (214) 743-5600. This is in the Bank One Center building.] To learn about the shareholders, investors and activities of the Union Pacific Capital Trust, click here.
Note that Richard B. Cheney is one of the Directors of the Union Pacific Capital Trust.
If you would like to participate in this research project, you can follow the names of persons you read about in the news and want to know more about. One search site [ http://www.edgar-online.com/people/ ]allows you to search a name of an individual, and it will give you back a list of every SEC filing in which that name appears. However, unless you subscribe for a fee, you cannot open the sites it returns. You can, however, make a note of the corporations and search them for the name.
The best site for searching the corporations is http://www.freeedgar.com/ .You can search the corporation name. If any filings are found by the search, the name will be returned with the option "view filings" which you can then click on. The next screen will list all types of forms the corporation has filed with the SEC. The form most likely to list the names of the directors and officers of the company is called DEF 14A. If you click on that, it will return to you the introductory portion of that filing in the main screen, with an index in the frame section to the left of the screen. If you scroll down under table of contents, and click on DEF 14A--Definitive Proxy Statement, you will then have the complete filing in the right-hand screen, which can be searched for relevant names. That is how I find most of the information about individuals or corporations I know they are involved with.
In the event the individual is the manager of a fund or the director of a private company which is not required to file with the SEC, it can still be mentioned in filings of other corporations. In that case, you can do a "full text search" at: http://textsearch.freeedgar.com/fulltextsearch/default.asp by clicking on "Full text search" under "search filings" in the left frame of the freeedgar.com home site.
NOTES: 1. http://www.andelman.com/ARTICLES/tbrowdies.html Born in Manhattan in 1946 to a "well-to-do" family (she'll say only that her father is in "investments," her mother owns racehorses and Cornelia herself has "private income"), Corbett earned a degree from New York University (Washington Square) in history. As soon as she graduated though, "Cornie" as friends and family call her went west to teach skiing in Aspen. She met Dick there in '68 and returned with him to New York City. They married two years later. The honeymoon was exotic and long three months of hiking and wandering through Tibet, Nepal, Kamandu and the Himalayas. "The two of us slept in mud huts with the Nepalese," remembers Dick. "We traveled with nothing but the clothes on our backs and two sleeping bags. That trip showed she was a great outdoors lady. Leaving Manhattan, she was comfortable sleeping in a mud hut next to a campfire, crawling up and down the Himalayan range. She was a doer and great fun to be with."
As her husband made his first million in real estate (see sidebar), Cornelia spent three years as a case officer investigating abuse and neglect for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. "It was interesting and pretty gruesome," she recalls. When their first child was born in '73, it was time for a career change. "I could no longer be objective," says Cornelia. "I couldn't do case work. Every child became my own." The Corbetts met on the ski slopes, but Dick himself a former light-weight amateur boxer with a nose broken in six places to prove it introduced Cornelia to golf and, of course, she's been playing ever since. They take family vacations to hunt or go white-water rafting in Colorado, climbing in the Grand Canyon and camping with Wild Kingdom TV host Jim Fowler (he is godfather to one of their children). The couple is "simpatico," says Cornelia, very upbeat.
If an impression of Cornelia Corbett as ultimate sportswoman is being formed, it's not incorrect. "I've been a sports nut all my life," she says. "If I have been consistent in one thing in my life, it's my love of sports and competition." Cornelia and Dick moved to Tampa in 1978. In 1984, when the NASL went under, Dick Corbett's partners in the Rowdies, Stella Thayer and Bob Blanchard, decided to bow out as well. They didn't know where soccer was going if anywhere and lacked the spirit and time to continue. Dick and Cornelia toughed it out although the team has nowhere to play in '85. In '86, Dick made his wife sole owner.
To read an interesting article of Dick Corbett's International Dream, which connects him to Joseph P. Kennedy, various financial service companies, the old railroads and his dreams of international business, click here.
As you can see, if you trace the tentacles, the Octopus, founded by the Harriman's is alive and thriving and intends to take over the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States.
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