A big task just fell on my desk, which will take up all of my spare time for the next few weeks. So it’s back to the repeats. My next story, THE CALL, is in my head, I just need to find the time to write it. in the meantime, I will rerun THE PANOPLY OF SWAGGER stories as a sequential series. They are important to The Bernard Olcott Story.
Pictured above, beautiful Stockholm.
Last week in my post “OF GIANTS AND DWARFS” I took you, the dear reader, back to 1966 to meet Lenny the check-forger. But Lenny turned out to be a mere piker. Compare him to Herby Fischer¹ – the stockbroker from American Express who churned Dad for over a million in the late 1980s. Now that guy had a plunger. A big one.
Strange thing was, after Dad took him to court and won, inexplicably, seeking no one’s advice but his own, Dad reinvested with Herby! Everyone can get taken once. But to go back to the same guy afterwards?
But Herby was ultimately not the biggest plunderer. More about him later.
Neither gentleman made it to the letterhead of Olcott International, my employer as of 1983. Based on the amount of cash they carried away, however, they should have — at least as cost centers.
Steven Sites¹, however, did make the letterhead. He was on the famed pantheon of “Associates” thereon. That meant he was a BIG, the real deal.
Soon after I started my first job, I mean, not simply a first job but one at the family business with Bernard Olcott as CEO, efficiency expert, attorney at law, certified engineer in three states, computer consultant, construction foreman, automotive engine and air conditioner mastermind, ladies’ man, and unfortunately, easy mark, a pudgy man waddled over to my desk on the lower level. He extended his hand. “I’m Stevie Sites,” he said. I recognized the name immediately and stood up. A giant had graced my stoop!
I told him that I recognized his name from the letterhead and asked him about his accounts. I had no idea what he was about to tell me.