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Thursday
Jul292010

Looking Behind the Curtain, A Private Man

 

The Wizard leaves the field at Minute Maid Park to little fanfare after pitching his final inning Saturday night.

When Roy Oswalt joined the Astros 10 years ago as a middle reliever, I thought "how unfortunate to have the same last name as the lonely gunman who shattered our collective American dream in 1963". Soon after, I learned he pronounced his name OHS-walt, not OZ-walt. What a relief! Today, the owner of the Houston team, Drayton McLane, Jr. picked up $11 million in spare change and negotiated a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies to send one of the best arms in our history (plus the extra money) to the Phillies for a young pitcher and two minor leaguers. Two months ago, Roy approached the owner requesting a trade to take him away from the barren land that has become the 2010 Astros. He even gets to keep the tractor that Uncle Drayton gave him for pitching the team to a big playoff victory and a trip to the 2005 World Series. Oswalt reportedly enjoys the solitude of driving the John Deere and cutting the grass on his farm in Weir, Mississippi. He's no city boy, so don't expect any huge changes in his life, just maybe the elusive World Series ring that his personal fortune cannot buy.

Saturday
Jul032010

Happy Birthday (suit), America!

In 1974, I was attending a friend's graduation at the University of Colorado, when the School of Business was announced. At that moment, a student clad in only his tennis shoes and acedemical mortarboard streaked the stage in search of something besides his diploma. I grabbed my Nikkormat 35mm camera with zoom lens and manually fired three frames. After the ceremony, I contacted an editor at the Rocky Mountain News who told me he would take a look at my first freelance submission. This picture ran full page across the front of the next morning's edition. The Denver Post bought the other two frames for the afternoon paper. United Press International picked up the photo and sent it over the UPI newswire for which I was paid an additional $10. It was later published in "Life Magazine's Year in Pictures" for a feature on the streaking fad. For that, I received no additonal compensation, aside from jump-starting my career in photojournalism.

Friday
Jun252010

A Lunch Supreme

Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling goes to lunch on April 11, 2006.

On June 24, 2010, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court unanimously nullified Skilling's honest services fraud conviction, finding that "Skilling's misconduct entailed no bribe or kickback." The Supreme Court remanded the Skilling case back to the lower court for further proceedings. On October 23, 2006, Skilling was sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in prison, and fined $45 million, convicted on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to Enron's auditors. The case is currently under appeal before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. He is currently housed at low security federal prison in Littleton, Colorado. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he is scheduled for release on February 21, 2028, when he would be 74 years old. The case is Skilling v. United States, 08-1394, U.S. Supreme Court (Washington). Because at least one of Skilling's convictions isn't covered by the ruling, he is likely to stay in prison over the months it will take the 5th Circuit to decide whether the honest services error is serious enough to require a new trial or dismissal of those charges.

Tuesday
Jun222010

Summer Solstice

 

Lovely time to be outdoors for yoga celebration of the first day of summer! To enjoy the sounds of nature and people together, along with a warm breeze, was divine.

Thursday
Jun172010

Golden Bear Hunt

Four-time United States Open champion Jack Nicklaus shows a determined face during his final Shell Houston Open competition in 1986 on the TPC Woodlands golf course. The Golden Bear finished in a tie for 42nd place, and earned $1,700.00. © 1986, 2010 F. Carter Smith

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