August 11, 1985
This letter is in response to a news item which appeared in the "Briefly" column of The Times' Business Section on July 31. The item in question reported on the sale by Financial Corp. of America of its FCA Mortgage Securities subsidiary to Salomon Bros. A tombstone advertisement on Sept. 15, 1983, announced the sale of $1.5 billion of Federal Home Mortgage Corp. participation certificates, a transaction arranged by FCA Mortgage Securities. This was at the time the largest single financing transaction in U.S. business history, and is but one of a series of multibillion-dollar mortgage securities transactions consummated by this operation during my tenure as general counsel of FCA. To state, as did the news item in question, that this operation "never got off the ground" is grossly inaccurate, as one would have discovered with even a minimal amount of inquiry.
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June 15, 2010 |
Ernest Fleischmann, the willful impresario who dominated the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 30 years and helped transform it into one of the nation's top orchestras through the force of his exacting personality, has died. He was 85. Fleischmann died Sunday at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, surrounded by his family, the Philharmonic announced. As the Philharmonic's visionary manager, he was a famed talent scout who had a hand in virtually every decision, large and small, concerning the orchestra during his tenure.
November 11, 1994 |
Sears, Roebuck & Co. all but completed a return to its 106-year-old retailing roots Thursday by announcing the spinoff of its huge Allstate insurance unit and signaling that the architect of its merchandising recovery will run the transformed company. Sears said its chairman and chief executive for the last eight years, Edward A. Brennan, 60, will retire when the realignment is completed. Brennan recommended he be replaced by Arthur C.
December 3, 2000 |
The ex-wife of a former Harvard professor wants the university to publicly apologize, saying the school forced her then-husband to leave almost 50 years ago on suspicions he was a communist. Ann Fagan Ginger, 75, told the Boston Herald that she has sent the school a registered letter explaining the case, along with a copy of an FBI document about her ex-husband, who died in 1975. She said she is still waiting for a response. Her ex-husband, Raymond S.
March 27, 1990 |
A brokerage house that fired a gaming industry analyst who issued a negative critique of Donald J. Trump's newest casino project has tarnished its image and increased skepticism about investment advice, industry observers said Monday. Marvin Roffman, an analyst for 16 years with Janney Montgomery Scott Inc., was fired last Friday.
July 1, 1996 |
In Robert W. Welkos' article " 'Cable,' 'Rock' in Disputes on Writing Credits" (Calendar, May 21), Michael Bay, director of "The Rock," attacks the arbitration system the Writers Guild of America uses to determine screen-writing credits. An open letter Bay wrote is quoted: "I have more intimate firsthand knowledge of the evolution of this screenplay ["The Rock"] than any individual involved in the project with the exception of producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
June 21, 1989 |
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June 9, 1992 |
William McGowan, the feisty founder of MCI Communications Corp. whose dogged challenge of AT&T forced its historic breakup and sparked a revolution in the telecommunications industry, died Monday. McGowan, who had a heart transplant in 1987, suffered a heart attack shortly after arriving at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, where he was about to begin his regular cardiovascular exercise program. He was 64.