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Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history         In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.       Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.       In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.        In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

 

Recommended by John Podkowski

Library has it as a BiaB.

September 6, 2017
Lennie Grimaldi – Connecticut Characters

Lennie Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.
He is the author of Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State, Bow Tie Banker , a biography of David Carson, the retired CEO of People’s Bank, and Chased, the life of mob infiltrator Billy Chase. He is also the author of Connecticut Whistle Stops: Greenwich to New Haven and Only In Bridgeport, An Illustrated History of the Park City.

He has won awards for journalistic excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter and United Press International.

Grimaldi has also written dozens of radio campaigns and corporate-crafted history programs for companies such as Louis Rich, HBO, Tropicana, Excedrin, Nivea, SNET, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Campbell Soup and Apple.

 

Grimaldi also brings a wide array of corporate communications and public relations experience. His clients have included Wal-Mart Stores and Donald Trump. For Wal-Mart Grimaldi directed a community and media relations campaign for the conversion of an EPA cleanup site in Stratford, CT into a new Wal-Mart retail outlet. For Trump, he handled communications during the hotly debated casino expansion issue before the Connecticut Legislature.

 

Keeping roots close to home he is the founder and host of the webzine Only In Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut’s largest city.

 

 

 

Contact Lennie Grimaldi, 203-913-2368

lenniegrimaldi@onlyinbridgeport.com

Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State

Lennie Grimaldi’s new book chronicles 40 years of spicy personalities from political chili peppers such as John Rowland and Joe Ganim, to pop culture cloves Linda Blair and Ed and Lorraine Warren to habanero Hells Angels and mobsters; a journey into the underbelly of cities to the wooded terrain of wilderness warriors. The FBI and Donald Trump too.

When 19-year-old Lennie Grimaldi tried to land an exclusive interview with 18-year-old actress Linda Blair following her arrest on drug charges he camped out near the women’s bathroom at a Westport bar. The Exorcist star gave him the interview. When Grimaldi needed color for a Connecticut Magazine profile of mobster Frank Piccolo, he crashed his wake. When Bridgeport’s sweet-and-sour Police Chief Joe Walsh refused an interview request, Grimaldi sent him a singing telegram. He got the interview.

These stories and more are chronicled in Grimaldi’s new book that captures a 40-year writing career covering some of Connecticut’s intriguing characters.

Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. He also served as a media consultant to Donald Trump in the mid-/late 1990s. He is the founder and host of the webzine Only In Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut’s most populous city.

Link for consumers to order book http://www.lulu.com/shop/lennie-grimaldi/connecticut-characters/paperback/product-23109864.html

Happy Wanderers: City Island, June 22, 2017

This will be the last wandering of the spring season.

We will carpool to City Island, departing from the Darien Community Association on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

Please gather in the back parking area near the Green House. We will set up the carpooling there and leave the empty cars in that same area.

Driving directions will be provided for each car. For GPS users, the address of the location where we will park our cars is 150 Rochelle St., Bronx, NY 10464.

City Island is part of New York City but has a small-town atmosphere. Located at the western end of Long Island Sound, the island is about a mile long, with multiple side streets leading off of City Island Avenue, the island’s main street.

Sites along the way are boatyards, scenic overlooks, yacht clubs and many other interesting neighborhoods with restaurants, gift shops and numerous nautical attractions.

Our tour of the island will take about three or four hours, with time for lunch.

The weather is supposed to be sunny, so everybody should slap on the sunblock and bring a hat. After all, it is the start of summer.

For questions, contact Joe Spain (203) 655-1264 or jhspain@sbcglobal.com.

Golf Outing: Country Club of Darien, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17:
9:00 am at the Country Club of Darien. $110 includes cart. Outing contact: Denny Devere at dgdevere@optonline.net. Host: Tom Lom. Further details and a sign-up sheet will be sent to DMA members in late July.

Golf Outing: Woodway Country Club, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 19:

10:30 am Woodway Country Club. $135 includes cart. Outing contact: Denny Devere at dgdevere@optonline.net. Host: Jim Kelly. Further details and a sign-up sheet for the Woodway Golf Outing will be sent to DMA members after the June 20 Sterling Farms Golf Outing.

Let There Be Water : Israel’s Solution for a Water-starved World by Seth M Siegel

As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions. The US government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and sixty percent of the earth’s land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow.Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the US and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities.Even with sixty percent of its country a desert, not only doesn’t Israel have a water problem; it has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day.Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often off-beat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology. Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel’s water know-how helped to warm China’s frosty relations with Israel. Every town, every country, and every reader can benefit from learning what Israel did in order to transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower.Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is an inspiring account of vision and sacrifice that will long be admired by government officials and engaged citizens facing water shortages and other seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Recommended by Jim Phillips. The Library has a copy.

Golf Outing: Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10 a.m.

The first outing this year is at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10 a.m.

To sign up, email Peter Carnes at picarnes@gmail.com.

Provide your handicap to facilitate pairings.

Fee is $46. Includes cart.

Confirmation and coordination will be via email during the week prior to play.

Link to Sterling Farms: http://www.sterlingfarmsgc.com/

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Recommended by Jim Phillips

Golf Outing: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10:00 Sterling Farms CC

$46, See Peter Carnes.

Michael Howard Savage
Passes Away

Michael Howard Savage
Born in Bridgeport, CT
Departed on May 12, 2017 and resided in Darien, CT.

Service: Saturday, Jun. 3, 2017 http://www.lawrencefuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10780.php?id=1728161

Michael Howard Savage, 78, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Darien. Michael was born in Bridgeport in 1938, son of the late Manuel and Lillian Savage. He grew up in Hollis Hills, New York.

Michael graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was a member of the swimming team and served as pianist for the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New York University.

For more than 37 years, Michael worked in the field of education, primarily with the New York State Education Department with responsibility for Federal, New York State and New York City funded programs in public schools in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Putnam counties. He was also responsible for New York State School Registration for all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the New York metro area. Following his retirement from the New York State Education Department, Michael was a Consultant to the New York City Board of Education, advising on Federal and State funded educational programs.

Michael remained actively involved with his alma maters until his death. He served as a member of the Executive Committees of the Dartmouth Club of New York and the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City for more than 35 years. He was also a member of the Dartmouth Club of Fairfield County and the Dartmouth Club of Eastern Fairfield County. In addition to his involvement with Dartmouth, Michael was a Founding Member of the New York University Alumni Association and served as a member of its Board of Directors for more than 20 years. He was a member of The Yale Club of New York City, Darien Men’s Association and The Country Club of Darien. Michael enjoyed golf, swimming and music.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Mary Beth, as well as his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Winifred and Thomas Lom and Margaret and Stephen Connelly of Darien, and Karen and Richard Lombardo of East Hills, New York. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Andrew Lom and his wife, Terry Wasserman-Lom, Stacy and Courtney Lom, Jessica and James Connelly, and Katie Lombardo.

Burial was private at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan. A Memorial Mass will be held on June 3, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Thomas More Church in Darien. Donations in memory of Michael may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at Cancer.org/Donate.

September 21, 2017
Current Affairs Discussion:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: challenges and problems in accomplishing it.

Discussion leader: Charlie Goodyear

A general history immigration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_the_United_States

On the 1986 Immigration Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Reform_and_Control_Act_of_1986

Immigration Reform Act of 2007
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Immigration_Reform_Act_of_2007\

On illegal immigration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration_to_the_United_States

E-Verify is a government system to verify a workers legal right to work in the US. It seem logical that if illegal immigrants cannot work “above the table” it would discourage immigration. But it is not mandatory: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/make-e-verify-mandatory-when-hiring-and-that-will-help-stop-illegal-immigration-2016-11-02

Also (may want to read the comments following the article): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/5-things-you-should-know-about-e-verify/

An article from the Economist on the education levels of new immigrants. Also the +/- of a point system. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21723108-far-being-low-skilled-half-all-legal-migrants-have-college-degrees-immigration?frsc=dg%7Cc

Happy Wanderers – Fort Washington Outpost – Tuesday, June 6, 2017

EPSON scanner Image

We will be walking the Hudson River Greenway from 181st Street to 165th Street and lunch at Coogan’s Restaurant on Broadway and 164th Street. After lunch is the option to return to Grand Central via the west side subway or walk over the Highbridge to the IRT subway in the Bronx. The trip up and down for the Greenway has some steep inclines so some my be too tired after lunch.

Leader: Taylor Strubinger

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