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i finished reading that 'the men who stare at goats' book which appearantly is gonna be made into a big film w/ george clooney. was a somewhat interesting read, but the part that really got my attention was the ending where it goes into much greater detail about the circumstances around the death of frank olson, something i always thought was just a guy who had a really bad acid trip and killed himself. as it happens he was a doctor working on the 'artichoke' program and was in very deep when he had some moral crisis about the way the 'expendable' prisoners were being interrogated and was about to go to the press telling all. also the book states there are people in miami who know who frank's immediate peers were and that his killers were hired assassins from the mafia.

i wonder what frank saw that would have disturbed him so much. how could he have been so naive as to not think there would be gruesome sadistic torture and executions? i always thought of it as a given in the world of cloak and dagger spy world. i mean what would an american spy expect if he were captured in enemy land? aren't they supposed to kill themselves w/ cyanide rather than meet a fate worse than death? cos to get to that level of clearance where you're actually doing fatal interrogations on prisoners you have to be in the game very deep already.

the very loose interpretation of history shown in that awful 'the good shepherd' flick that touched on this episode makes me chickle. oh well.

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Hank Albarelli is the foremost expert on the Olson case, having researched the case for years. He wrote numerous articles as well as the (upcoming) book A Terrible Mistake:


H.P Albarellli Jr's book on Olson is now available.

New book by H.P. Albarelli Jr.


Albarelli comments on his book:



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i finished reading that 'the men who stare at goats' book which appearantly is gonna be made into a big film w/ george clooney. was a somewhat interesting read, but the part that really got my attention was the ending where it goes into much greater detail about the circumstances around the death of frank olson, something i always thought was just a guy who had a really bad acid trip and killed himself. as it happens he was a doctor working on the 'artichoke' program and was in very deep when he had some moral crisis about the way the 'expendable' prisoners were being interrogated and was about to go to the press telling all. also the book states there are people in miami who know who frank's immediate peers were and that his killers were hired assassins from the mafia.

i wonder what frank saw that would have disturbed him so much. how could he have been so naive as to not think there would be gruesome sadistic torture and executions? i always thought of it as a given in the world of cloak and dagger spy world. i mean what would an american spy expect if he were captured in enemy land? aren't they supposed to kill themselves w/ cyanide rather than meet a fate worse than death? cos to get to that level of clearance where you're actually doing fatal interrogations on prisoners you have to be in the game very deep already.

the very loose interpretation of history shown in that awful 'the good shepherd' flick that touched on this episode makes me chickle. oh well.


Hi Dan,

Did you see "...Goats"? I understand from personal and media reviews that they put the thing into a ham-handed, comedic box. No surprise. "The Matrix" more or less placed the idea of a supranational entity deep into the realm of fantasy, a la Harry Potter.

Here is something on the Olson imbroglio, though. It's a lengthy piece from the SF Chronicle via The Baltimore Sun, 2004. Bon appetit.

"This article was sent to you by someone who found it on SFGate.

The original article can be found on SFGate.com here:



Sunday, September 12, 2004 (SF Chronicle)

Son probes strange death of WMD worker/He believes agents murdered employee of Army to protect government secrets

Scott Shane, Baltimore Sun

He was 9 years old when his mother woke him before dawn half a century ago

in Cold War America. Eric Olson came blinking into the living room of

their Frederick, Md., home, where his father's boss and friend, Col.

Vincent Ruwet, sat with the family doctor.

"Everybody had this stony-faced expression," Olson recalls. "I remember

Ruwet saying, 'Your father was in New York and he had an accident. He

either fell out the window or jumped.' "

After decades of dogged inquiry, Eric Olson now has a new verb for what

happened to his father, Frank Olson, who worked for the Army's top-secret

Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, where he developed bioweapons

and experimented with mind-control drugs.

Eric Olson found the verb in a 1950s CIA manual that was declassified in

1997 -- one more clue in a quest that has consumed his adult life.

The verb is "dropped." And the manual is a how-to guide for assassins.

"The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75

feet or more onto a hard surface," the manual says, adding helpfully: "It

will usually be necessary to stun or drug the subject before dropping


Eric Olson believes his father -- who developed misgivings about his work

and tried to resign -- was murdered by government agents to protect dark

government secrets.

To find out what happened in the Statler Hotel on the night of Nov. 28,

1953, Eric once spent a sleepless night in the room from which his father

fell. He confronted his father's close-mouthed colleagues. He had his

father's mummified body exhumed. And he built a circumstantial case that

Frank Olson was the victim of what he calls a "national security


The government has long denied the charge of murder. But it has admitted

what might be called negligent manslaughter. Its version: that Frank Olson

crashed through the window in a suicidal depression nine days after he was

given LSD without his knowledge in a CIA mind-control experiment.

Eric never bought that argument. His devotion to the case derailed a

promising career as a clinical psychologist that began with a doctorate

from Harvard. In some Frederick circles, you'll hear disapproving murmurs

about Eric's obsession -- contrasted with the success of his younger

brother, Nils, a dentist. But Nils Olson, 55, says he admires his

brother's tenacity and agrees with his conclusion.

"At every point there seems to be a convergence of the evidence," Nils

Olson says. "It all points to my father's being murdered."

The patriotic community surrounding Fort Detrick has long been reluctant

to believe such a possibility. Once, Eric Olson says, he was, too.

"I'm not essentially conspiratorial in my world view," says the lanky

psychologist, who seems almost boyish at 59. "In my father's case, I just

started turning over stones, and there was a snake under every one."

It may well be that Olson is wrong -- that the government merely drugged

his father with LSD, treated him thoughtlessly when he fell into madness

and covered it up for 22 years. But if Frank Olson was murdered, then part

of the plan would naturally be a cover-up.

"No assassination instructions should ever be written or recorded," says

the CIA assassination manual. "Decision and instructions should be

confined to an absolute minimum of persons."

It adds: "For secret assassination the contrived accident is the most

effective technique. When successfully executed, it causes little

excitement and is only casually investigated."

Whether the truth is homicide or suicide induced by a reckless drug

experiment, the Olson saga is a cautionary tale in an era that echoes the

early days of the Cold War. In the war on terror, America again appears

tempted to use extreme measures.

In Olson's case, it took the government until 1975 to admit to the LSD

experiment. When an investigation of CIA abuses exposed the facts in 1975,

two White House aides named Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld helped set up

a meeting at which President Gerald Ford apologized to the Olson family.

The goal, according to a declassified White House memo, was to avert a

lawsuit in which it "may become apparent that we are concealing evidence

for national security reasons."

What evidence was concealed, the memo does not reveal. But people who are

far from wild-eyed conspiracy theorists accept the plausibility of Frank

Olson's death as an execution.

Among them is Army intelligence veteran Norman G. Cournoyer, 85, who

worked with Olson at Detrick and became one of his closest friends.

"If the question is, did Frank commit suicide, my answer is absolutely,

positively not," says Cournoyer, now frail and wheelchair-bound, living in

Amherst, Mass.

Why would he have been killed?

"To shut him up," Cournoyer says. "Frank was a talker. His concept of

being a real American had changed. He wasn't sure we should be in germ

warfare, at the end."

William P. Walter, 78, who supervised anthrax production at Detrick, says

Olson's colleagues were divided about his death. "Some say he jumped. Some

say he had help," Walter says. "I'm one of the 'had-help' people."

So is James Starrs, a George Washington University forensic pathologist

who examined Olson's exhumed corpse in 1994 and called the evidence

"rankly and starkly suggestive of homicide."

Based on that finding, the Manhattan district attorney's office opened a

homicide investigation in 1996. Two cold-case prosecutors, Steve Saracco

and Daniel Bibb, conducted dozens of interviews, hunted records at the CIA

and went to California with a court order to question CIA retiree Robert

V. Lashbrook, who shared Olson's room the night he died. (Like everyone

known to be directly involved, Lashbrook is now dead.)

In 2001, they gave up.

"We could never prove it was murder," says Saracco.

But Saracco, now retired, found plenty to fuel his suspicions: a hotel

room so cramped it was hard to imagine Olson vaulting through the closed

window; motives to shut Olson up; the ambiguous autopsy; and the CIA

assassination manual.

"Whether the manual is a complete coincidence, I don't know," Saracco

says. "But it was very disturbing to see that a CIA manual suggested the

exact method of Frank Olson's death."

The son of Swedish immigrants, Frank Rudolph Olson earned a doctorate in

chemistry at the University of Wisconsin.

In 1949, Olson was recruited by Detrick's Special Operations Division.

Within months, the Korean War was raging, Sen. Joseph McCarthy was

launching his hunt for Communist agents, and pressure was on to build new

U.S. germ weapons.

In October 1952, Olson was promoted to acting director of the division.

Although his family didn't know it, he had also been recruited by the CIA

for a program code-named Artichoke, part of a decades-long hunt for drugs

to make enemy prisoners spill their secrets.

As his career prospered, Olson and his wife, Alice, built a dream house on

a hillside above Frederick. They became regulars at Detrick's officers'


"He and his wife were both fun people," recalls Curtis B. Thorne, a

Detrick veteran who pioneered anthrax studies at the University of


But promotions and parties concealed Olson's qualms about his work.

Suffering from ulcers, he left the Army and stayed on at Detrick as a

civilian -- though he bridled at the Army's strict oversight. A 1949

security document reported: "Olson is violently opposed to control of

scientific research, either military or otherwise, and opposes supervision

of his work."

The same year, colleagues recall, Olson was influenced by a new book by a

mentor. "In Peace or Pestilence: Biological Warfare and How To Avoid It,"

Theodor Rosebury said science should combat disease, not find devious ways

to spread it.

Cournoyer, the Army intelligence veteran, says Olson began to raise

ethical issues the friends had discussed during night courses in

philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Colleagues were

astonished to spot Olson chatting with the pacifists who protested outside

Detrick's gates.

"He was turning, no doubt about it," Cournoyer says.

Whatever its source, Olson's disillusionment came to a head after the LSD

experiment on Nov. 19, 1953, at a rented cabin on Deep Creek Lake in

western Maryland. Olson -- who had stepped down to deputy chief of Special

Operations -- joined six Army colleagues and three CIA men led by Sidney

Gottlieb, the eccentric and powerful CIA liaison to Detrick.

By his own account, Gottlieb served Cointreau to seven of the men without

telling them he had laced it with LSD, ostensibly to study the drug's


Alice Olson would recall that her husband returned home deeply depressed.

He told her he had made a "terrible mistake" but wouldn't elaborate. He

said he planned to leave the Army and retrain as a dentist.

According to the official CIA version of events, made public in 1975,

Olson became increasingly despondent and paranoid. On Nov. 24, concerned

colleagues took him to New York to see a doctor, Harold Abramson, who had

experimented with LSD.

Three days later, Olson agreed to be admitted to a Rockville psychiatric

hospital. He and CIA officer Robert Lashbrook decided to spend the night

at the Statler and head south the next morning.

But at 2:45 a.m., Lashbrook told investigators, he awoke to the sound of

breaking glass. Olson had thrown himself through the closed shade and

closed window, falling 170 feet to his death on the sidewalk below.

From 1953 to 1975, as Alice Olson descended into alcoholism and fought

back to sobriety, she and her children were told nothing about LSD. When

the story finally surfaced in the Rockefeller Commission report on CIA

abuses, they received official apologies from President Ford and from CIA

Director William Colby, who handed over CIA documents on the case. They

later received $750,000 in compensation.

But 22 years of deception made it difficult to persuade the family that

the new official story was the whole truth.

The betrayal was deeply personal. The LSD cover-up had involved Frank

Olson's colleagues, particularly his boss, the late Col. Vincent Ruwet --

who had consoled Eric with the gift of a darkroom set and a jigsaw after

his father's death.

"Whenever suspicions came up, the family would say: 'This can't be

correct, because Ruwet would have known, and Ruwet wouldn't deceive us.'

Our relationship to Ruwet was symbolic of our relationship to the whole

Detrick community," Eric said.

As a teenager, Eric was a patriotic member of that community, where he

became an Eagle Scout in the base-sponsored troop. But in college and

graduate school, he grew skeptical.

If his mother shared his doubts, Eric said, she never acted on them: "My

mother's mantra was: 'You are never going to know what happened in that

hotel room.' It's an injunction, a kind of threat, a taboo and a


Eric's younger sister, Lisa, was killed in a 1978 plane crash along with

her husband and 2-year-old son. Ironically, she died on the way to inspect

a lumber mill as a place to invest her share of the government's

compensation for Frank's death.

His brother, Nils, who was only 5 in 1953, consciously chose dentistry,

the alternate career his father had considered.

But Eric, the eldest, couldn't settle down. He moved to Sweden, his

father's ancestral home, and had a son, Stephan, with a Swedish woman.

Then he returned to the family home, determined to explain his father's


One clue came from Armand Pastore, the assistant night manager at the

Statler in 1953. He approached the family in 1975 to report what he'd

heard from the hotel switchboard operator that night. Immediately after

Olson's fall, CIA officer Lashbrook phoned Abramson, the physician.

Instead of shocked and emotional voices, the operator had told Pastore,

there was a brief and seemingly expected exchange.

"He's gone," Lashbrook said.

"That's too bad," Abramson reportedly answered.

A similar impression came from a CIA investigator's report in Colby's

documents. Dispatched to New York immediately after Olson's death, the

investigator listened through a closed door as Abramson told Lashbrook he

was "worried as to whether or not the deal was in jeopardy" and thought

"the whole operation was dangerous and the whole deal should be


In a report to the CIA on the death, Abramson wrote that the LSD

experiment was designed "especially to trap (Olson)." This conflicted with

Gottlieb's story and raised a troubling possibility: that the LSD

experiment was actually designed to see whether Olson could still be

trusted to keep the agency's dark secrets.

And there was Frank Olson's mummified body, exhumed in 1994, the year

after Alice Olson died. Starrs, the pathologist, found none of the facial

cuts the original autopsy described, but he did find a contusion to the

head that he thought was caused by a blow struck before the fall.

All these anomalies Eric Olson has duly recorded on a Web site devoted to

his father's memory: www.frankolsonproject.org.

A half-century after his father's death, Eric Olson seems to be struggling

to put it behind him. He says he believes he knows what happened, even if

he doesn't know details of perpetrators and motives. "You can see the

truth through the fog," he says. "But you can't quite make out what it


Sometimes, in moments of frustration -- which come often because he's

struggling to earn a living -- he says he's sorry he ever looked into his

father's death.

"I've ruined my life," he says in one interview. "I regret everything. I

regret digging my father's body up. For me, the end has come with facing a

hard truth, confronting my own naivete. I thought I wanted knowledge. I

didn't think that if knowledge is knowledge of murder, then it's not

enough -- because then you want justice. And you don't get justice with a

secret state murder."

At other times, he seems eager for any new scrap of information. He

explains the contradiction by citing the Shakespearean son who pursues the

truth about his father's murder.

"Read 'Hamlet,' " he says. "Hamlet has become like a friend to me. Once

you start looking into your father's death, you go to the end." ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright 2004 SF Chronicle


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Speaking of men who comment on the subject of "Men Who Stare at Goats", I want to share my discovery of one man who did, in 2005. His name is Albert Scardino, he is an American who was executive editor of the Guardian, UK.

This post is an effort along the same theme as this thread.

Asking All Members for Collaborative Research In A Race Against Time


There are a half dozen old men from, or with ties to Rochester, NY and the Bushes. I want one or more of them to tire enough of the scutiny that is displayed in Google search results, thanks to John Simkin's efforts to make these pages so prominent in the Google search results. And, is they cannot be persuaded to come out of their long silence because time growa shorter for them, and because it is the right thing for them to do, maybe they can be pressured to do so, from the inside. From friends like these mentioned further down in this post.

Researching this has got me to wondering if Albert and Marjorie Scardino are witting agents participating in a grand scale, intelligence agency media "OP".

It seems curious to me that Albert, uncle of Michael L Ainslie's son, Michael, and Marjorie, head of media conglomerate Perasons UK, owner of FT and FT.com and co-director with John Macomber of the Atlantic Council, are more about shaping public perceptions than they appear to be, on the surface.

Is it just a coincidence that their late, prominent co-director at the Atlantic Council, was this man?

quote name='Tom Scully' date='Oct 5 2009, 01:41 PM' post='172932']


According to this, and this, William HG Fitzgerald was the son of William Joseph Fitzgerald and Mary Ellen Smith.

Another intriguing aspect of the life of William HG Fitzgerald and his choice for best man (Ernest L. Byfield Jt.) in his 1943 wedding to Annelise Petschek is her family background and the usual cast of characters who interacted with her father, Ernest, and his father and uncle, the brothers Ignaz and Julius. Ignaz died in 1934, and after that, Ernest and his brothers karl, Charles, and William represented their family's business interests:



- New York Times - Jan 4, 1951

3Mrs. Helene Petschek of 2 Kensington Road, , widow of Ignaz Petschek, ... Surviving are four sons, Ernest of White Plains, Charles and William of Scarsdale ...


Obituary 3 -- No Title

- New York Times - May 10, 1980

PETSCHEK-William on Mav 8 in Scarsdale, dear brother-in-law of Josefa and Janina, beloved uncle of Charles, Max, Thomas, Annelise FitzGerald, Thea .


Charles Petschek Sr. died Dec. 18, 1959

In the quote boxes displayed below, is information supporting the observations that Knights of Malta/Roman Catholic William HG Fitzgerald, in 1943, married into the family of Ernest, aka Ernst Petschek, the son of Ignaz, who, with his brother Julius, at the beginning of the 20th century, began to amass one of the largest fortunes in Europe. This fortune was protected by Bush family and Harriman partners Averill Harriman, Samuel Pryor, George Walker, and Prescott Bush, incorporators of front shell companies designed to hide the Petschek family ownership of Silesian coal mine assets, and to facilitate Frederick Flick's "aryanization" of these mines when the time came, in the late 1930's.

Was it Ainslie's former brother-in-law, Albert Scardino, who helped Ainslie get hired by Sotherby's in the position that made Ainslie wealthy?


Guide to Private Fortunes, 1993‎ - Page 4

Margaret Maggard - Social Science - 1992 - 727 pages


Michael L. Ainslie owns two hundred shares of

stock in Sotheby's, which in May 1991 was estimated to be worth $10 million.

Ainslie's total compensation in 1990 from Sotheby's, including salary and stock

gains, was approximately $8.7 million.


After working as a developer for Sea Pines, Inc.,

and as chief of a Cincinnati-based chemical manufacturer,

Michael Ainslie became president of the National Trust for Historic

Preservation in 1980.

For the four years he worked for the National Trust,

Ainslie initiated and found funding for community development and

restoration projects. He started the Inner City Ventures Fund,

providing up to $100000 for low income projects,

and also helped pass the 1981 Economic Recovery Tax Act,

which gives tax breaks to investors restoring National Register properties.


Michael Ainslie is divorced from his first wife, Lucy (Scardino) Ainslie;

they have one son, Michael Loren. Ainslie is currently married to Suzanne H.

(Braga) Ainslie; he is stepfather to her three children:...

.....Responding to Len's question in his post below; my point is that maybe if we can link enough coincidences to the core group I named above...the Bushes, Macombers, Hookers, Byfields, Crowns, Devine, Demohrenschildt, a conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of JFK and possibly, RFK, too, the evidence of conspiracy won't be dismissed as a series of unconnected coincidences. Who benefited most, coincidentally, by JFK's death, financially and politically? Who perceived themselves to have lost the most, blaming JFK for not using the US military to take back the private assets appropriated by Castro? Who was humiliated by RFK pushing back against McCarthy/Cohn? Who owned the hotel where RFK was killed, and employed armed security officers present in the area where he was shot? Why do you think William Macomber was such a popular best man? How is it that the two Bushes are the only father and son US presidents? Was it their looks, money, or their popularity....maybe their honesty and concern for the average American?


Excerpt of Atlantic Council Board, June, 2004:


,,VICE Chairs.... *John D. Macomber ...

...DIRECTORS...William H. Draper III...*William H.G. FitzGerald...C. Boyden Gray...Marjorie M. Scardino...Robert D. Stuart, Jr....R. James Woolsey

* indicates members of the Executive Committee

Excerpt of Current Atlantic Council Board:


Board of Directors | Atlantic Council

Treasurers: *Ronald M. Freeman. *John D. Macomber ... Marjorie M. Scardino ...


#19 Marjorie Scardino - Forbes.com

Chief executive, Pearson Plc.


The 100 Most Powerful Women. #19 Marjorie Scardino. 08.19.09, 06:00 PM EDT ... Marjorie Scardino. Courtesy of Pearson PLC


September 24, 1999

Marjorie M. Scardino Nominated To America Online, Inc. Board of ...

America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case said: "Marjorie Scardino is a ... education divisions to build the world's largest education company, ... In 1998, she was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. ..


Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, DBE, FRSA (born 25 January 1947 United States) is the CEO of Pearson PLC. She became the first female Chief Executive of a



Posted: 26 Jul 2004

...Dr. Scardino is survived by his wife, Kay; four sons, Peter T. of New York City, Albert J. of London, England, Tom K. of Savannah, and John P. of London, England; three daughters, Lucy E. Scardino of Bluffton, SC, Katherine S. Balch of Fanwood, NJ, and Ann S. Rogers of St. Petersburg, Fla.;


Jon Ronson

The Guardian, Saturday 12 February 2005

The road to hell

Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare At Goats is grimly prescient in light of the US torture revelations in Abu Ghraib, says Albert Scardino...


July 29, 2005

Scardino resigns from Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/albertscardino

Albert Scardino has stepped down from the post of executive editor of the Guardian newspaper, just a week after the controversial dismissal of trainee journalist Dilpazier Aslam over his undeclared Islamist interests.....

...Mr Scardino, an American, is the husband of Marjorie Scardino, the chief executuive of Pearson, the media group that owns the Financial Times.

Some of the blogs which "outed" Mr Aslam have also claimed that he was appointed by Mr Scardino under a scheme to bring under-represented ethnic groups to the paper.

But Guardian sources today were stressing that while Mr Scardino "was very loosely responsible" for recruitment issues, he had not interviewed Mr Aslam and had not involved "in any way" in the decision to grant him a place on the diversity scheme....


A Fine Disregard

By changing the rules, Kirk Varnedoe elevated the art world

Published 07.15.04

By Hal Crowther

...Varnedoe was puzzled by his own image. You don't study art history to become rich and famous; it isn't like buying a guitar and a spangled body suit and driving to Nashville. Kirk had a comical response when the New York City gossip kittens labeled him "a hunk" and "a dreamboat." He looked in the mirror.

"If the definition of beauty is symmetry, this ain't it," he told his old Savannah friend Albert Scardino. "My face is skewed to the right because my jaw juts out one way and my forehead is out of balance and my ears don't match and I have all these moles all over the place."....


William Macomber, Diplomat and Met Chief, Dies at 82


Published: Saturday, November 22, 2003

William Butts Macomber Jr., a former government official and diplomat who in 1978 became the first full-time president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died on Wednesday at his home in Nantucket, Mass. He was 82.

The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, his family said.

Mr. Macomber, a lawyer and a Republican, held State Department appointments under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford and served as ambassador to Jordan and Turkey. At the museum, he put into effect an ambitious master plan adopted by the trustees at the behest of his predecessor, C. Douglas Dillon, who then became chairman.

The plan split the leadership of the museum in two, with a director responsible for artistic and curatorial matters and a newly salaried president in charge of administrative and financial matters. Mr. Macomber held that position until 1986, when he reached the Met's mandatory retirement age, 65, and moved from a home on Fifth Avenue to Nantucket.....


Rogues' Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money ... - Google Books Result

by Michael Gross - 2009 - Art - 560 pages

The "big" board had been neutered, and by 1985 the museum had a well-oiled fund ... William Macomber, suffering from Parkinson's disease, announced his


Rising Art Prices Worry Museums


Published: Saturday, October 17, 1987

...The hottest name in the art world today is Vincent van Gogh, whose works, almost a century after his suicide, are turning the market upside down.

The astronomical figures brought at auction by two van Gogh paintings this year, $39.9 million for ''Sunflowers'' and $20 million for ''The Bridge at Trinquetaille,'' underscore for professionals in the field the runaway state of art prices and their devastating effects - particularly on nonprofit institutions....

...On the Metropolitan panel, Kirk Varnedoe, a professor at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and adjunct curator in the department of paintings and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, described the situation as ''a sort of good news-bad news joke.''...

..Besides Mr. Varnedoe and Mr. de Montebello, the panel, moderated by C. Douglas Dillon, the Metropolitan's former chairman, included Hilton Kramer, art critic and editor of The New Criterion; Donald B. Marron, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Paine Webber Group Inc. and president of the Museum of Modern Art; John L. Marion, auctioneer and chairman of Sotheby's North America, and Eugene V. Thaw, a leading art dealer. About 70 invited guests sat around an immense table in the Met's new Douglas Dillon Board Room. The board room and a lavishly appointed Patron's Lounge nearby, on the fourth floor of the new Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, were paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Dillon.....


Kirk Varnedoe Is In The Hot Seat As Moma's Boy

By William Grimes; William Grimes is an editor of The New York Times Magazine.

Published: Sunday, March 11, 1990

....Holding half-ton masterpieces between his thumb and forefinger, rearranging history with a gentle nudge, Varnedoe seems godlike. And in some ways he is. The position he inherited just two years ago is the most powerful curatorship in modern art. (Indeed many people simply assume that he runs the entire museum, unaware that its director is Richard E. Oldenburg.) And Varnedoe is only 44. Barring assassination by a deranged performance artist, he could well remain - ''in power'' is the phrase that comes to mind - for another two decades or more, presiding over the world's pre-eminent modern-art collection, using it, as his predecessors Alfred H. Barr Jr. and William Rubin did, to shape the public's understanding of modern art and the experience of modernity. But Varnedoe inherits the mantle in difficult times....



By Carol Vogel

Published: Friday, February 1, 2002

Gifts to Modern Honor Varnedoe

Kirk Varnedoe's departure at the end of December after 13 years as the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art has not gone unnoted. Several trustees have given works in honor of him.

''They are an all-star group and a fitting testimony to Kirk,'' said Glenn D. Lowry, the Modern's director. ''These works are by artists whose holdings he has been devoted to building.''...

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I just created a full-text searchable index of the FrankOlsonProject.org files as a research tool for everyone.


Searching through the links, I am reminded that this Harry Ainslinger character was also mentioned by

NAME in The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. No anagrams, no word games, no pallindromes.

Here is one example of the results returned just for Manchurian Candidate. Posted in the hopes that those

of you who can not connect the dots from The Manchurian Candidate, Anastase Vonsiatsky, to Dealey Plaza.

Vonsiatsky was present in Winnipeg after organized the plot to kill JFK in Dealey Plaza. Draper was discussed

at The Winnipeg Airport Incident...

Manchurian Candidate

Search results for: Manchurian Candidate

22 results found containing all search terms.

3 pages of results.

Sorted by relevance / Sort by date

1. ?The Manchurian Candidate?

... January 7, 2000, ? The Manchurian Candidate ?+ ? Mind Control Murder ? ... Olson presents remarks to accompany an evening of cinema at the Weinberg Cultural Arts Center in ...

Terms matched: 2 - Score: 187 - 17 Nov 2009 - 4k - URL: http://www.frankolsonproject.org/News/Manchurian-frame.html

2. Weinberg Center Double Feature

... ERIC OLSON IS FEATURED GUEST AT WEINBERG'S MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE Dr. Eric Olson, Frederick psychologist ... son of the late Dr. Frank Olson, will be the guest speaker at the ...

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3. Frederick's 'Candidate' was not Frank Olson

... this history in relation to "The Manchurian Candidate" movies, both the new and ... old versions, Meachum inadvertently adds to the confusion. Why has it taken half a ...

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4. Vankin & Whalen: The Seventy Greatest Conspiracies

... Marks, whose The Search for the Manchurian Candidate is one of the most thoroughgoing volumes ... assembled on U.S. government mind-control research, readily admits that all of his source material ...

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5. Response to Louis Menand's "Brainwashed"

... 1979 book, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate. (Times Books) "Code ... Menand's "Brainwashed: Where the 'Manchurian Candidate' came from." September 12, ...

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... from the Garden. ? ? The Manchurian Candidate,? 1962, re-released 1988, ... by John Frankenheimer The window in Room 1018A of the old Statler Hotel out of which ...

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7. Frank Olson Project Site Index

Death of Frank Olson.

... January 7, 2000, ? The Manchurian Candidate ? January 2000, GQ publishes December ... , 1999, The Nation publishes September 22, 1999, ? Mind Control Murder ? ...

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8. Corey Ransom paper, bibliography

... John. The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate;" The CIA and Mind Control ... Times Books, New York: 1979. Regis, Ed. The Biology of Doom ...

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9. Ike Feldman interview

... specter of a secret army of ? Manchurian Candidates,? outwardly normal operatives programmed to ... out political assassinations, was paraded before a gullible and easily manipulated public. Ike Feldman ...

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10. The Sphinx and the Spy: The Clandestine World of John Mulholland

... gap." The Search for a Manchurian Candidate In early April of 1953, Director ... Central Intelligence Allen Dulles outlined to a Princeton audience the urgency of the situation. Describing ...

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Canary who sang but couldn't fly.

The Frank Olson case has always reminded me of Abe "Kid Twist" Reles:


As the late Joe Valachi said in reference to Reles, "No one thought he went out that window on his own."

Death of Reles

In the early morning of November 12, 1941, Abe Reles fell to his death from a hotel window. It is not known whether he was thrown or pushed out the window, or if he was trying to escape. The angle of trajectory suggests that he was in fact pushed.

Because of his mob status as a "stool pigeon" and the circumstances surrounding his death, Reles gained another moniker after his passing. In addition to "Kid Twist," Reles became known as "the canary who sang, but couldn't fly."

Hardly missed but soon forgotten.

Free Keyword Search Engine linked back to the FrankOlson.org website:


Try search values like: Manchurian Candidate


or Frank Wisner or Allen Dulles

or Angleton or Wolff or Wolfe and see what you find...

For me iss izzy... for ozzers dee-fee-cult

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