Category Archives: Bernard Madoff

January 6, 2010, 8:27 pm

It’s Just A Little Peyton Place

Well, since this story has already been picked up by the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s something to take your mind off Doug Manchester and the American Historical Association Meeting. The Radical’s venerable Zenith University (allegedly) got Madoffed!

Well not exactly Madoffed: the methodology was different, and the sum Zenith is seeking to recover is a mere smear $3M. Read the full story, as scooped by the campus newspaper here. It’s pretty good.

Here’s a hint. When you get an email that someone at a very high level is leaving the university for any of the following reasons:

To pursue other opportunities;
To spend more time with his/her family;
To attend to personal affairs;

What you are smelling is a fish.

March 14, 2009, 1:26 pm

A Lesson From Minnesota Fats: Bernie Madoff Hustled the Hustlers, But Are They Victims?

I will conclude my endless blithering about my lost and recovered iPhone with the following life lesson. As we were cruising down the highway, I was squeaking through my tears, having nothing else to say about what an idiot I had been to drop this cherished item in a parking lot, “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. It’s just not fair.” My companion, in an effort to comfort me said, “I’ll buy you a new iPhone.” And I said, “No,no,no. That’s not the point.” Fast forward to a conversation on the airplane home from vacation, surrounded by pink-skinned, peeling northerners in Mickey Mouse gear. My companion asked me what I meant when I said that “it wasn’t fair.” I explained: knowing that an iPhone was a huge luxury in times like these, I had taken all steps to be prudent about the purchase. I had calculated the increased monthly charges, and I had paid cash (or the debit card…

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