Saturday, February 21, 2009

By Julie's Command

I would like to post a prom picture, but I didn't go to prom. This is a picture from my freshman year in college at a Mardi Gras party. I am dressed as a pregnant bride. I got the dress at a used clothing store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Welcome to Blogland (the Blogosphere, the Blogscape)

My friends Julie and Dave, whom you probably know from previous posts, have started their own blog. Julie is a crack cataloguer, cook, and kayaker. I look forward to seeing some of her recipes. Dave is also a kayaker, as well as an engineer and robotophile.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Butterfly Photos are Not Free, Nor are They Easy to Take

The little suckers keep moving around! From The Butterfly Garden at the Museum of Science, Boston. See more photos in my Picasa Web Album.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Get Rich Buying Foreclosed Property

I'll be there when they auction off this beauty!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Five a Day, Guys

Chuck and Jerry have been eating very rich food. They need to add more fruit and vegetables to their meals.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

My Fifteen Minutes are Over.. let me deal with a few questions that came up Friday night. I said I remembered hearing that Bob Dylan had become a lay monk, but I must have been thinking of some other pop singer. He did become a born-again Christian, then later he went back to Judaism ( see him above at the Wailing Wall).

On to Enya. Julie said she was a reclusive living in a castle, which she does. Julie also ventured the opinion that Scott Simon, who interviewed Enya, obviously wanted to "jump on her bones." Could be. Apparently the abundance of Enya-stalkers has forced her to ramp up her home security.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Key Dates

Key dates in life of Tylenol poisonings suspect

BYLINE: By The Associated Press


LENGTH: 421 words

Some key dates in the life of James W. Lewis, suspected in the 1982 Tylenol cyanide deaths in the Chicago area:

Mid-1940s Born Theodore Elmer Wilson in Missouri; adopted at age 3.

1973, 1974 Arrested after physical confrontations with his stepfather.

1974 Daughter Toni, who had a congenital heart defect, dies at age 5.

1978 Accused in the dismemberment slaying of a 72-year-old former accounting client in Kansas City, Mo. The case was dismissed after a judge ruled that seizure of property from his apartment was illegal.

December 1981 Moves with his wife, Leann, to Chicago from Kansas City. They assume aliases and Lewis gets a job as a tax preparer. He is fired after what his employer called a violent outburst.

Sept. 6, 1982 Couple moves to New York.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 1982 Seven people in Chicago and suburbs die after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol.

Oct. 6, 1982 Authorities say Lewis writes extortion letter to Johnson & Johnson, parent of Tylenol manufacturer McNeil Consumer Products Co., demanding $1 million "to stop the killing." The next week, the FBI identifies Lewis as the writer and obtains a warrant for his arrest.

Dec. 12, 1982 Arrested at a New York City library after a nationwide manhunt.

May 26, 1983 Convicted of six counts of mail fraud after a four-day trial in a 1981 credit card scheme in Kansas City. Lewis was accused of using the name and background of a former tax client to obtain 13 credit cards.

July 12, 1983 Sentenced to 10 years in prison for mail fraud. Police described Lewis as a "chameleon" who lived in several states, used at least 20 aliases and held many jobs, including computer specialist, tax accountant, importer of Indian tapestries and salesman of jewelry, pharmaceutical machinery and real estate.

Oct. 28, 1983 Federal jury convicts Lewis of extortion in the Tylenol case.

June 14, 1984 Sentenced to 10 years for extortion. He also serves more than two years of a 10-year sentence for an unrelated tax-fraud charge. Lewis represents himself at sentencing hearing.

June 20, 1986 U.S. Court of Appeals upholds extortion conviction, dismissing his claim he didn't receive a fair trial.

Oct. 13, 1995 Released from the federal prison in El Reno, Okla. Arrives at Boston's Logan International Airport with his wife; they settle in Cambridge, Mass.

2004 Accused of rape in Cambridge; spends three years in jail awaiting trial before the charge is dropped when the victim refuses to testify.

Feb. 4, 2009 FBI agents from Chicago and Boston raid his Cambridge condo and take boxes and a computer.

Another Video

Some Links to News & Information

The Chicago Tribune

The Boston Globe

The Boston Herald

The Cambridge Chronicle

A Biography of Mr. Lewis

His Robotphobia

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Alas! I Cannot Help Them.

The trucks were still out there today

A couple of Associated Press people left messages on my home phone, asking for me to tell them something about Mr. Lewis. (Apparently I'm the only neighbor dumb enough to talk to reporters.) But I only met him once, many years ago, when he and his wife were going door to door talking about some condo issue. Everything I know about him comes from the web. I would gladly invent some stuff if I could be sure nobody would get sore about it not being true.
Speaking of which, this morning I saw the clip of me on Fox News, and they identified me as Jo Almeda!

A View of the Pavilion Roof (I Live in the other building)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

AP Photos

The Associated Press (Josh Reynolds) photos of the Chicago FBI guy visiting our lovely condo building.

Wow, I 'm an Expert on the Tylenol Man!

Here's the link :

Some of the Newsfolk Covering the Tylenol Man Story

See this story, it has more detail that most. I was quoted by the Globe once, then again.

Finally I Have Triumphed!

Whenever I think of some snappy phrase or word--alpha bitch, snivelization, catmosphere--I go to Google to see if anybody else has thought of it. And, up to now, every idea I have has been thought of by 20,000 other people first.
But now, at long last, I believe I have beaten the crowd. How about this: a duel is a slay date. Get it? Yuk, yuk. So I record it here for the whole world to see and marvel at.