Roger J. Goebel met his Maker on April 20, 2018. Roger was 82.
The meeting had to be an interesting one. Roger an intellectual. A genius. Few could match his mental acumen.
Roger’s life was committed to the law. The last 33 years as a Professor at Fordham Law. He might very well be serving as a counselor to the Lord today.
Strange I am writing about Roger today. The last time I saw him was on the day we both graduated from Manhattan College in 1957. My only connection with him since has occasionally reading about him in the news. Prior to teaching law, he was a partner with an international law firm. He spent many years in the firm’s Paris office.
Roger and I developed a strange relationship. He was beyond me mentally. I doubt anyone was of his intellectual level. Which meant he was a loner.
For some reason, we became friends in our last two years at Manhattan. We would walk one or two evenings a week around the campus chatting. Sometimes at his level, sometimes at mine. I found him to be a lonely person. His intellect setting him aside from others.
God love you, Roger! Sad we never spoke again after Manhattan.
I would never have known Roger died were it not for a fellow Manhattan graduate, John Reinke. Class of 1968. Reinke publishes a weekly internet periodical Jasper Jottings. Manhattan College is known less formally as the Jaspers.
How John gets Jasper Jottings out amazes me. Alumni detail big time.
Keep up the good work, John. You help so many of us in small but important ways.
Another Manhattan graduate who also became a lawyer is presently in the news daily. Rudy Giuliani. Not a class mate of Roger and I. Giuliani graduated some 8-10 years after us.
I have spoken/written of Giuliani the past few days several times. In this blog, my newspaper column, my podcast, and Facebook live video. The man is over the hill. His time has passed.
I suspect Trump has brought him on his team as an ego booster. He is not helping him legally.
Perhaps Trump does have a genius. By keeping Giuliani at his side, he keeps the news on Giuliani and not himself.
Yesterday morning, I wrote this week’s KONK Life column. It has to be to the publisher on Saturday. The paper hits the stands on Wednesday.
This week’s topic a change of pace. A walk back in history. A relatively unknown part.
The article concerns General James Wilkinson. Part of George Washington’s team and involved in American politics and military service in one fashion or another till after the War of 1812.
I wrote about Wilkinson because he was worse than Aaron Burr. For whatever reason, history rarely speaks of him. A devious man.
One example of his less than honorable ways is when he was serving as an American general, he was also on the payroll of the Spanish government as a spy against the U.S. Spain paid him so much in silver that he had difficulty getting it back to the U.S. Too heavy to transport.
Lunch afterwards at the Cuban Coffee Queen. Spent a couple of hours sipping Cuban coffee and reading the newspapers.
I was supposed to party last night at one of several places. I made none. As the race approached, I decided to watch it alone at home. A sign age is catching up with me.
I received several photos from the different parties. All suggesting the same thing…..See what you missed!
I was impressed with Justify. Three inches of rain fell before the race. The track muddy. The race only in doubt for a split second.
The Washington Post ran an interesting internet article yesterday afternoon. Concerned Trump. Title: “As The ‘King Of Debt,’ Trump Borrowed To Build His Empire. Then He Began Spending Hundreds Of Millions In Cash.”
The article claims that nine years before Trump became President, his company spent more than $400 million in cash for new properties. Fourteen transactions involved.
Real estate money men do not buy real estate by paying cash. They take on partners and borrow as much as they can. Debt is the way business is done.
All of a sudden, Trump has large amounts of cash! Does not make sense. Especially noting that the recession of 2008 occurred during the nine year period.
Where did the cash come from? Are these deals part of any investigation?
Glad it’s Sunday. Always a good day. I will probably attend Hot Dog Church with my lesbian wives Donna and Terri, followed by Kate Miano’s Gardens.
Enjoy your Sunday!