ANATOMY OF A PUBLIC OFFERING: ONE WALL STREETER’S WEB OF CORRUPTION–GUILTY PLEA–ONE MAN’S FRAUD–THE BIG FIX

WPCNR FBI WIRE. Special From the Federal Bureau of Investigaton. June 28, 2016:

Earlier today, Darren Goodrich, a registered broker at a brokerage firm in El Segundo, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud for manipulating the stock of Cubed, Inc. (Cubed), which traded (ironically) under the ticker symbol CRPT.

Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.

 

The guilty plea was entered before United States Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.  When sentenced, Goodrich faces up to five years in prison, as well as restitution, criminal forfeiture, and a fine.

The guilty plea was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office.

According to court filings and facts presented at the plea hearing, between March 2014 and July 2014, Goodrich and his co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud investors and potential investors in Cubed by artificially controlling the price and volume of traded shares in the company through fraudulent concealment of the defendants’ and their co-conspirators’ ownership interests and engineering price movements and trading volume in the stock.

In March 2014, Goodrich’s co-conspirators took Cubed public through an asset purchase agreement.  On April 22, 2014, Cubed’s stock began trading in earnest.  Between April 22, 2014 and April 30, 2014, Goodrich and his co-conspirators concocted trading volume in this stock by purchasing more than 50% of the total number of Cubed shares purchased during this period.

Between May 2, 2014 and June 29, 2014, law enforcement authorities conducted a judicially-authorized wiretap of one of Goodrich’s co-conspirator’s cellular telephone.  The wiretap revealed that Goodrich and his co-conspirators fraudulently manipulated Cubed’s stock by artificially controlling the price and volume of that stock through orchestrated trading.

Rather than generating significant market interest and causing a quick pump and dump that would elicit regulators’ scrutiny, the conspirators gradually increased the price of Cubed’s stock to give it the appearance of a legitimate company with genuine and steady market demand for the security.

For example, on May 5, 2014, while Cubed was in a period of gradual increase from $5.20 on April 22, 2014 to $5.42 on May 22, 2014, a co-conspirator called Goodrich, and stated, “Can you buy a 100 and see if [the other market maker] moves?”  Goodrich complied and then responded, “Yeah, they’re going.”

Goodrich and his co-conspirators used an attorney escrow account to successfully control the price and volume of Cubed’s stock.

On June 23, 2014, Cubed reached its highest closing price of $6.75 per share, resulting in a market capitalization of approximately $200 million.

Previously, Cubed filed with the SEC a Form 10-Q and reported less than $1,500 in cash, zero revenue, negative stockholders’ equity, a net loss of $15,000, and accrued professional fees of $131,824.

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The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Business and Securities Fraud Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Shannon C. Jones, Christopher L. Nasson, and Patrick Hein are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Assistant United States Attorney Claire S. Kedeshian of the Office’s Civil Division, which is responsible for the forfeiture of assets.

The charges were brought in connection with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it is the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud.

Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions, and other organizations.  Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit ww.StopFraud.gov.

The Defendant:

DARREN GOODRICH
Age:  37
Residence: Manhattan Beach, California

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402-UNIT APT COMPLEX, GRADUATE RESIDENCE AND ASSISTED LIVING CENTER PROPOSED FOR GOOD COUNSEL PROPERTY. NORTH BROADWAY GREAT LAWN PRESERVED

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. June 28, 2016:

The new owners  of the former Good Counsel Property at 52 North Broadway, George Comfort & Sons, Inc. and ROC Group, Inc.  unveiled their preliminary development concept Monday evening at the Common Council Special Meeting, calling for a preservation of the 3 acres of North Broadway great lawn while opening the former campus to a mix of residential uses.

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The proposed development includes a 66 person Pace Law School Graduate Student privately managed residential building on the north side of the property; a new 130 person (including 29 units for memory loss residents) Sunrise Assisted Living project on the southern side of the campus, and a 10 story market rate rental complex on the eastern border of the property overlooking the Cross Westchester Expressway.

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The residential building (a portion of which is shown above) proposes a zoning change allowing a 10 story complex with parking underneath the sweeping curve of the building. A total of 402 apartments including 40 affordable housing units, is planned at this time at market rates.

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The Assisted Living building would be two stories with three stories in the rear with 50 parking spaces around the driveway. 131 residents would live in the assisted living complex, with 29 of them reserved for the memory-impaired

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The new proposed PACE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL PROPOSED GRADUATE STUDENT LIVING COMPLEX would be built on the north side of the campus and consist of 3 stories with a sstudent residential complex housing 66 students. It would be privately managed. (Renderings,Courtesy of Perkins Eastman)

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140 YEARS AGO TODAY, CUSTER SOUGHT GLORY IN 1876

WPCNR MILESTONES. By John F. Bailey. June 25, 2016 Reprinted from the WPCNR archive:One hundred forty years ago today in the midsummer sweltering heat of the Dakota Badlands, Major General George Armstrong Custer and 600 Cavalrymen of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry were converging to attack  a contingent of 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne Indians encamped on the Little Big Horn River. Custer’s troops were in the lead.

Statue of Major General George Armstrong Custer in his hometown, Monroe, Michigan

 

Sighting the Enemy

Custer, whose strength as a commander was willingness to engage the enemy by surprise has long been criticised by historians and military experts for disobeying the command of his superior General Alfred H. Terry, (commander of the Little Big Horn campaign), who warned Custer to wait until Terry’s forces arrived to join him before Custer launched any attack.

At about 5 PM this afternoon  today  it was the waning afternoon, 139 years ago, 1876.  225 troopers, Custer, and Mark Kellogg, the Associated Press correspondent (one of the first “embedded correspondents”) lay dead across the ridges of the Little Big Horn Valley.

The Indians had so much respect for Kellogg’s talent, they left his body alone. To the Sioux, Mr. Kellogg was known as “The Man who could make paper talk.”

Mr. Kellogg’s foolscap (copy paper) littered the horror of the battlefield.

Kellog was given a mule to ride by General Terry, and rode into battle with Custer.

That afternoon, 139 years ago today,the superior Indian force had dealt the American military its most infamous defeat to date, which would be chronicled again and again.

Custer’s accomplishments as a military commander though have suffered as a result of this alleged rash and ill-advised attack.

However, the battle is instructive for all who command, (no matter what position of command they hold), to pay attention to their scouting reports,and above all conduct scouting forays, and to ignore whatever personal gains might be achieved by a personally attractive course of action (if you are successful).

Allegedly, Custer had seen a possible victory lead by himself over the Sioux as a stepping stone to national office.

Instead, he died in action — one of the few U.S. Army Generals to do so.

Few know today, as the statue of General Custer in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan, says how Custer was instrumental in forcing General Robert E. Lee to surrender by blocking Lee’s retreat at Appomattox in 1865.

Custer’s defeat may have been inevitable but the actions of Major Reno’s premature breaking off  his initial attack on the Indian encampment, a disasterous premature cut-and-run retreat, did not help Custer’s chances.

Reno’s premature retreat allowed the counterattacking indians to turn all their force on Custer’s force, getting behind him,  surrounding Custer and his command and killing them all within an hour.

Custer’s glory achieved through his death is a sobering reminder every year for those who ignore facts confronting them, and underestimate adversaries, and discount adverse conditions.

We should not forget though that Custer was attempting to achieve his mission.

No one can say what really motivated him 135 years ago today in the early afternoon when he launched his attack. Second-guessing is the sport of the armchair historians and military strategists who have the evidence of the result.

Blame is easily distributed.

That is the loneliness of command.

Combat. Decisions. Risks. Surprise. They are the stuff that leaders have to deal with.

On this day, we should look back and remember the courage it took to engage. Remember the bravery the Seventh Calvary displayed in defeat (despite Indian reports of many committing suicide).

Soldiers today demonstrate this courage every day. We need to admire that courage.

I cannot fathom what it takes to be able to be courageous like that.

Leading is not for everyone.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK TONIGHT ON SALES TAX MELTDOWN IN WHITE PLAINS–THE UK WITHDRAWAL–THE SUPREME COURT WASHES ITS HANDS ON IMMIGRATION–ALLOWS DEPORTATION BY DOING NOTHING–THE LOWDOWN ON INTERNET INSTANTLY

THE BIG THREE

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JOHN BAILEY

PETER KATZ

JIM BENEROFE

ON A WILD WHITE PLAINS WEEK

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BRITAIN VOTES TO LEAVE EUROPEAN UNION 

U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, 4-3

CONGRESS DOES SOMETHING ON GUN CONTROL– IT SITS DOWN

NEW QUESTION FOR THE WHITE PLAINS TRANSIT DISTRICT

SCHOOL DISTRICT MULLS WHAT TO DO ABOUT SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS

WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX RECEIPTS DROP 10.4% IN MAY LARGEST DROP IN A MONTH IN YEARS. OTHER CITIES IN COUNTY UP.

SEE IT NOW ON

www.whiteplainsweek.com

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THE STATE OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD THIS WEEK ON THE INTERNET–and TONIGHT AT 7 ON FIOS CH. 45 COUNTYWIDE AND IN WHITE PLAINS CABLEVISION CH 76

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ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD 

YOU’VE GOT

MICHELLE BRISBANE

ON THE EFFECTS OF ALZHEIMER’S ON HER FAMILY

AND

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DEBBIE WARBURTON

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

FOR ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION HUDSON VALLEY

ON THE STATE OF ALZHEIMER’S TODAY

THE WARNING SIGNS 

THE NEED FOR MORE RESEARCH FOR A CURE

WHAT POPULATION GETS ALZHEIMER’S MORE THAN ANY OTHER

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO SLOW ALZHEIMER’S PROGRESSION

THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEW YOU WILL SEE THIS YEAR

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SEE IT AT

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or YOU TUBE NOW AT

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County Legislators Will Set the Spreckman Seat Vote Monday

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators. June 16, 2016: 

A Special Meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators will take place Monday, June 27, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of setting a date for the special election to fill the seat which was vacated by Legislator Bernice Spreckman in the 14th Legislative District.

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Jefferson 272-apartment complex bails out of Ardsley: Feiner

WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT Special to WPCNR from Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner. June 23, 2016:

Jefferson application is being terminated in Ardsley  —controversial development won’t happen!

On Wednesday evening I received a letter from Rick Rucoba, Public Affairs Manager for Akzo Nobel advising that their company has terminated contractual relations with the Jefferson and is starting to market the property for commercial or industrial purposes.

In recent months hundreds of NO JEFFERSON lawn signs have appeared in front of homes in Ardsley, unincorporated Greenburgh and Dobbs Ferry. The  Texas company had proposed  to build 272 rental apartments at a former chemical manufacturing plant site on the Ardsley/Greenburgh border.   Residents had numerous complaints – ranging from significant traffic in Ardsley, parking problems, impact to the schools, flooding.  This news is expected to be greeted with lots of smiles from a community that was almost unanimous in their opposition against the proposed development.

 

I thanked Mr. Rucoba for listening to the community  and expressed an interest in working with his company to find an acceptable use of the property.   Congratulations to the hard working and dedicated members of our community  for their effectiveness!

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Downtown Music Prepares for its 29th Season–But they cannot do it without your help.

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a unique performing arts leader, presenting frequent, affordable and varied concerts
of world class music that celebrate diverse cultures and peoples.
 

Dear Friends:
Downtown Music begins its 29th season in just a few months. We ask your help in creating an anniversary celebration which reflects our joy in reaching this milestone.
When Downtown Music began in 1988, the center of White Plains looked far different than today. We were one of the few cultural opportunities in a city that had seen better days. Now our music, in a renewed and exciting downtown area, reaches a diverse audience of more than 4,000 people each year. Recent highlights include internationally acclaimed performers and notable premiers of opera and other works– world class music that is convenient affordable and welcoming.
Our musical partnerships have grown to include members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Westchester Philharmonic and the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, sponsors of the New York International Piano Competition. Our Downtown Sinfonietta accompanies internationally recognized soloists, and REBEL, the ensemble for Baroque music, visits several times each year.
As we approach our 29th season, our early belief in the cultural potential of the downtown area has proven well founded. And, with your help, we look forward to increasing and realizing that potential for years to come.
No anniversary season would be complete without a celebration– a season of concerts which is truly special. Your gift today will directly determine what sort of 29th season we will have. If Downtown Music has been important to you for any of the last 29 years, then we ask you to consider a special and generous commitment to our future.
To make a donation using a credit card or PayPal, please click on the link below, or send a check to: Downtown Music at Grace, 33 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10601.
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Best Regards,
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Timothy Lewis
Artistic and Managing Director

“You do not need to be a classical music buff to enjoy the simple delight of arriving at this small, landmark church with wonderful acoustics, taking your seat, and allowing the music to wash over you. A true escape from the rigors and unwanted noise of our lives.”

 

Joshua Worby
Executive Director
Westchester Philharmonic

Downtown Music at Grace
2015-2016 Concert Sponsors:

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     Downtown Music’s programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.
     This season is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Hartsdale’s Cat Consultant, Lara Morgan Wilde Joins with Cole and Marmalade to get more black cats adopted from shelters.

Cat Wisdom 101 launches 30-day Kickstarter campaign for a nonprofit anthology of positive black cat stories, a first of its kind, to shift negative perceptions.
WPCNR KITTY NEWS NETWORK. From Layla Morgan Wilde. June 20, 2016:

Hartsdale’s Layla Morgan Wilde, celebrity cat consultant, writer/speaker/advocate and founder of Cat Wisdom 101, is pleased to announce Chris Poole, the king of cat videos (Cole and Marmalade with 88+ million YouTube views) and his black cat, Cole are ready to battle black cat prejudice by contributing to and supporting Black Cats Tell All, a nonprofit anthology on Kickstarter.

The collection of positive, black cat stories (a first of its kind) are narrated from the cats’ perspective. From famous cats to the cat next door, these real cats tell it like it is. Their surprising, myth-busting and entertaining tales aim to shift the perception of black cats and raise shelter adoption rates. Currently, in the U.S. black cats are 50% less likely to be adopted in a shelter setting.

Wilde says, “It’s time for a new perspective. Black cat lives matter and to judge a cat simply by the color of their fur is discrimination. The world is full of fear or ignorance of something or someone different. We fear what we don’t understand. That mysterious unknown gets twisted and embedded culturally, generation after generation. That’s how myths are created, like the superstition that black cats are evil. Black cat lives matter. It’s time to stop the prejudice.”

Additional Black Cats Tell All supporters of note include: Gwen Cooper, NY Times bestselling author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat. Cooper has written a glowing, book blurb for Black cats Tell All.

Francesco Marciuliano, NY Times bestselling author of I Could Pee On This And Other Poems By Cats, which has sold over a million copies, has offered a one-of-a-kind autographed collectible as a crowdfunder perk.

Scott Metzger, syndicated cartoonist has created unique art work for the campaign and one-of-a-kind perks.

The ultimate goal of Cat Wisdom 101, beyond crowdsourcing funds to publish Black Cats Tell All, is to raise funds for national Black Cat Awareness and Adoption campaigns and to lobby for an official Black Cat holiday.

Cat Wisdom 101 has a fiscal sponsor,The Center For Independent Productions, a 501 (c) (3) making Black Cats Tell All campaign contributions tax deductible to the full extent of U.S. law.

To view VIDEOS from Poole and Wilde, visit the Black Cats Tell All campaign on Kickstarter.

Black Cats Tell All campaign page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackcatstellall/black-cats-tell-all
WebSite: http://www.CatWisdom101.com

ABOUT COLE & MARMALADE

Chris Poole, a former big cat videographer turned into a full-time cat video producer after a video of Cole went viral in 2012. Since then his cats, YouTube stars Cole and Marmalade have enjoyed educating their millions of fans with humor and pawsitivity.

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MY DAD — THE REAL PERSONAL TRAINER

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Father’s Day Breakfast–Blueberry pancakes and coffee and no nags

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Coffee and the papers — No errands

 

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How to Celebrate Father’s Day: A Parisien Martini and Bluepoint Oysters.

White Plains CitizeNetReporterWPCNR THE SUNDAY  BAILEY. By John F. Bailey. Republished from The CitizeNetReporter of June 17, 2007:

My father gave me four pieces of advice in life: Always drive an air-conditioned car. Always centrally air-condition your home. Stay out of court.

And don’t sit in traffic.

Always take the service road on the Long Island Expressway. (He would have loved a Garmin.)

In retrospect, his advice has served me well.  I am always comfortable. I sit out traffic delays in comfort. I have not made lawyers rich.

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Charles F. Bailey

My Dad

Pleasantville, NY

1918-1986

He was not an emotional man. He was a banker and always wore suits to work. I have fond memories of going to meet him when he got off the train in Pleasantville – when  the train tracks were at grade with Manville Road.

I was most impressed as a young child by how he always smelled of coal cinders when he got off the train – like commuter’s cologne.

Sadly on today’s electric trains you do not get that. And you always heard those steam engines coming. You could see them: Clouds of very busy and industrious black smoke streaming at the horizon down the line. He’d get off the train.

My mother would move over and he’d drive the old Hudson Hornet home. He always spoke quietly. Never raised his voice. Drank scotch and soda in the winter. Gin and Tonics in the summer and he smoked Philip Morris’s, Marlboros, then Kents.

He set up a Lionel train set in our basement – perhaps our unspoken connection. When I was sent in by train for the first time to meet him at the office during Christmas time, He’d have his secretary greet me at Grand Central Terminal which still is a very big and scary place.

He would take me to lunch at Jack’s Monte Rosa restaurant on 49th Street – which I thought was a very great place. When I first went to it with him, I was a little disappointed that it was not more glamorous but I was really impressed that Jack the owner greeted him by name. I thought that was great that my Dad was greeted with respect.

When I first started working in Washington, D.C. in 1968 I ate regularly at a restaurant below the television station WMAL-TV where I worked, it was called Marty’s Italian Village.  Mary, the owner started calling me when I came in around 7 PM, ‘Hi John, how are you?” People would look at me. They thought I was big.  I liked that. Feeling big in my small world.

When my father came to visit me in Washington where I worked. I took him around town. I told him when he got off the plane. “Hi, Dad, welcome to my town.” I wanted to impress him. We’re always trying to impress our fathers.

Another Father time was when my Dad came out for Dad’s Day at college. I mean this was a big thing to me. He watched me do play-by-play of a football game from atop the press box in 15 degree weather. It was cold. But he watched. Acted impressed. He hated cold weather.

Another time he impressed when I lost a job where I was working at the television station that I had been being considered for. And I told him how unfair it was, he put things in perspective: “Puggy, he said,  “The film manager wasn’t going to put you in as his Assistant if you were going to be bucking him all the time.” It put things in perspective. No false sentiment. No making me feel better, he was tough enough to teach by being realistic while telling me not to feel sorry for myself.

Then later in my career when I was fired out of a job completely blindsided. He again intervened, saying to me he thought what the agency head had done was a terrible thing. I needed that at the time.

He also, in a very supportive move, told me if I could make $1,000 a night writing a free lance direct mail package, I should keep trying to do that.

Dads are there to say the right things to you at the right time. Sometimes it is not always the right thing, but they try. Often, if you’re lucky, as I was, they say the right thing. And not the wrong thing. With my father, who was not really my father, since I was an adopted child, it was never all about him, it was all about you.

When I bought my first house in White Plains. He never criticised the house. But when I sold it, he complimented me, “I think it’s great how you came out of it (the crummy first house).” They’re personal trainers.

The good ones  train you to run a race. If you stumble, no one hurts more than they do. When you succeed, no one is prouder. T

They know what you should do, but they can’t tell you, because you won’t do it if you’re a kid.

But the more subtler of them tell you any way in hopes it will sink in to the rebellious offspring mind. My dad was subtle.

Another fond memory: My father took me camping once at a friend’s cabin in Pennsylvania. Funny thing was there was such a great comic collection we wound up sleeping in sleeping bags on the porch of the cabin. That was funny.

Another time when I was being threatened in college over a position at the radio station, I asked him if I should just abdicate and assign a play-by-play position to the person who was being forced on me. He advised me to “stick to your guns,” so I reported the threat to the Dean.

The position was compromised, but I was never threatened again.  He never shared my love for baseball and sports. In fact he never played catch with me all that well.

I mean I could have made the big leagues (pipe dream) if he played catch with me more. But that’s a small criticism.  I wish I had more of his financial acumen. But I do not.

As you grow into your 30s and 40s, little things they say to you you begin to understand. My father never struck me, but always disciplined me with quiet words. I have not always been that way as a parent myself, being somewhat volatile. I wish I had his even temperament. He always asked me to take care of my mother. And the only time he really got mad at me was when I had made my mother upset with me.

He was a little like John Wayne in the way he disciplined, I remember he would say admonitions quietly. Such as when I got an F in an English course at college. He told me, that was the last F I would get at Ohio Wesleyan, because the next one he would stop paying my tuition.

That had an effect. And that was when tuition was only $3,000 a year.

So, on Father’s Day, I think of him as I do every day of my life. I become more like him every day. He is always lingering in the background of my thoughts. I do not know what he would think of what I am doing now.  But, he’d say — “If that’s what you want to do. Do it.” He also would say, “You have to make yourself happy.”

I also think, even today of what advice (laconic as always) he’d give me in a situation. And I wish I could discuss property taxes with him.

I especially have to salute him, because I am an adopted child. That alone makes me appreciate his love and acceptance with a sense of awe to this day.

You never outgrow your need for Dad.

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