“Brother Pele’s in the back
Sweet Zina’s in the front
Cruisin’ down the freeway in the hot, hot sun
Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind
Loud voice booming
Please step out onto the line
Pele preaches words of comfort
Zina just hides her eyes
Policeman taps his shades
Is that a Chevy ’69?”
Welcome to #109!
Heretofore, 109 will remind me of . . .
Wait. Did you notice that “heretofore?” See! Every now and then I write like a real lawyer!
Anyhow, today I’m going to share a story that involves a U.S. President, one of the more infamous criminals in the history of the U.S. penal system, and the reason that the connection between the two will heretofore cause me to associate #109 with a song by a little known band named OMC.
Wanna know the rest? Hey! Buy the rights.
Earlier this week, I sat down to plan this post. It was easy. Unlike some numbers, “109” prompts an immediate association for me: PT-109.
PT-109 was a United States Navy “patrol torpedo” boat that fought in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Its commander? Lieutenant Kennedy.
Now, I suppose that some of you might be thinking, “oh, he has the same last name as the guy who commanded the boat. Cute, but let’s get to the quiz.” Ummm, if so, it’s time for you to re-take U.S. History. You see, 17 years after his most famous day commanding PT-109, Lieutenant Kennedy was elected president.
Of the United States of America.
The story of JFK and PT-109 is here.
As I was researching PT-109, the TV was on. I was (kind of) watching a documentary on Alcatraz. Engrossed in my research, I heard the documentary’s narrator mention that Robert Stroud, the so-called “Birdman of Alcatraz,” had received a presidential pardon.
I nearly spit out my coffee and I wasn’t even drinking any. No way! What if JFK was the president who pardoned him?!?!
Alas, Stroud wasn’t pardoned. Rather, in 1920, President Woodrow Wilson commuted the Birdman’s death sentence to life in prison. (In solitary. Not sure what kind of “commutation” that is.)
Fortunately, my research (aka – “wikipedia“) wasn’t for naught. Guess what year Stroud committed the crime that resulted in his sentence?
That’s right – 1909! As in, ’09, another connection to 109! Maybe instead of Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye, this post would be about the Birdman and my crazy fascination with all-things Alcatraz.
But, then, it got even better. Albeit decidedly “bizarre.”
You see, Robert Stroud died in prison on November 21, 1963.
Some of you already know how this is about to end.
For those who don’t, there’s a date seared into the brains of two groups: Stephen King fans, and people of my parents’ generation, especially the Irish-Catholics of my parents’ generation. You know, the folks who had 2 (and usually only 2) pictures in their homes: one of the Pope, one of JFK.
The date? November 22, 1963.
As my mom has told me countless times, on November 22, 1963, she ate at the original Bove’s. That’s where she was when she heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated.
Yes, Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz, died the day before JFK.
Of all the people in the history of history, the two I associate with the number 109 are JFK and The Birdman of Alcatraz. And they died on consecutive days in 1963.
And that’s why – heretofore – 109 will remind me of OMC.
Onto the quiz!
And by the way, Go Cats!
- None. Open book, open search engine, text/phone/email-a-friend.
- Even question 5!
- Unless stated otherwise, the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct apply
- Team entries welcome, creative team names even more welcome.
- E-mail answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
- I’ll post the answers & Honor Roll on Monday
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- Please consider sharing the quiz with friends & colleagues
- Please consider sharing the quiz on social media. Hashtag it – #fiveforfriday
Which does not belong with the others?
- A. Timely reconciliation
- B. Single source for identification
- C. Confidential compliance review
- D. Inadvertent production
You’re dozing off at a CLE when you hear me say “the exact term that the rule uses is ‘necessary witness.'”
What had I been discussing while you dozed?
- A. Mandatory disclosure of otherwise confidential information
- B. Permissive disclosure of otherwise confidential information.
- C. Whether a lawyer who is a witness has a conflict or must withdraw.
- D. Trick question Mike! Nobody ever dozes off at your seminars!
Attorney called me with an inquiry. Attorney described a situation involving Lawyer. I listened, then said “It depends. Did Lawyer fail to take reasonable remedial action despite learning of the conduct at a time when its consequences could have been avoided or mitigated?”
Given my response, it’s most likely that Lawyer is:
- A. An associate at Attorney’s firm
- B. A partner, or someone who has comparable managerial authority
- C. A mediator
- D. A lateral transfer from a firm that represents a client who is adverse to Attorney’s client
In the world of legal ethics, the “Hot Potato” doctrine relates to:
- A. Conflicts of Interest
- B. Trust account scams
- C. A lawyer’s duties upon learning that a client offered false testimony
- D. Boorish lawyer advertising
Speaking of JFK, one of Kennedy’s most famous (geo) political foes went to law school. However, distracted, one might say, by a revolution, he never practiced law. Similarly, and contrary to popular belief, this person never had a tryout with the New York Yankees, Washington Senators, or any other major league baseball team.