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Title: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: Ya Motha! on December 21, 2008, 12:57:07 PM
Good ol' Far Rock! He was even a life guard.
Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: Ya Motha! on December 21, 2008, 03:12:19 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2008/12/21/2008-12-21_bernie_madoff_had_a_job_saving_lives_now.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2008/12/21/2008-12-21_bernie_madoff_had_a_job_saving_lives_now.html)
Bernie Madoff had a job saving lives, now he's killed dreams
BY DOUGLAS FEIDEN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Sunday, December 21st 2008, 4:00 AM

 
Acker/Bloomberg
 
Bernie Madoff was a member of the Palm Beach Country Club, though he came from a more modest childhood in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Bernie Madoff was raised in working-class Rockaway Beach and played in south Queens - but he was more at home in uber-rich Palm Beach and the playgrounds of the south of France.

The self-proclaimed mastermind of a $50 billion Ponzi scheme added poise, polish and Park Ave. to his Beach Channel Drive pedigree, along with multiple mansions, yachts and jets.

With a smile and a soft sell, Madoff, 70, preyed on hundreds of "affinity investors" from his social, religious and charitable circles - and shattered the lives of those who trusted him.

Victims and observers described an affable but apparently ruthless con man who could extract millions from a miser and make a duffer feel like Tiger Woods.

"His was the shrewdest hustle... because he hustled you and you didn't know you had been hustled," said Laurence Leamer, author of "Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach."

The scam's secret: "He seemed not to want your money or care about your wealth - and he was very quick to turn it down - so all you wanted to do was give him more," Leamer said.

A portrait emerged of a golden boy whose Midas touch drew in gilded clients questing for more - and never dreamed their money manager would strangle the golden goose.

The world's biggest swindler was born on April 29, 1938, in the Rockaways and graduated from Far Rockaway High School on Beach 25th St. in 1956.

"It's a school that produced three Nobel Prize winners, the financier Carl Icahn and Dr. Joyce Brothers," said Carol Solomon-Marston, a classmate and Webmaster for the Rockaway Online Alumni Association. "Bernie never stood out."

He preferred the ocean to academics, joined the swim team and learned discipline from a swim coach who hired him as a lifeguard at the Silver Point Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, L.I.

"The Bernie I knew was a good-natured, happy-go-lucky guy, always smiling and kidding, who swam the butterfly very well and never got overly serious," said Fletcher Eberle, co-captain of the swim team.

"If you had said to me that Bernie was going to be chairman of the Nasdaq and make all this money, I never would have believed it possible."

The girls among the 512-student Class of 1956 held little interest for Madoff because he had already met his future wife, the perky Ruth Alpern, from the Class of 1958.

He told his class yearbook, the Rockaway Dolphin, that he was bound for Alabama University, but he actually went to Hofstra, majored in political science and graduated in 1960.

Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: SeaCliff on December 21, 2008, 03:16:29 PM
Wow...no kidding. Crazy.
Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: TropicalCreations on December 23, 2008, 01:46:37 PM
Wow, swimmer, life gaurd, devil.... Nuts. Dont forget Hitler came form humble begginings.
Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: HydroGlide on December 23, 2008, 02:28:39 PM
They always leave out that Bernie and Carl's best friend in Far Rockaway High School was Gumby.

Merry Christmas Dammit - where can I get a Morey Amsterdam sanwich around here.

Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: PSYCHO on December 26, 2008, 09:13:21 AM
Wow, swimmer, life gaurd, devil.... Nuts. Dont forget Hitler came form humble begginings.

If they only would've accepted him to Art School damn it!
Title: Re: Guess where thug, Bernie Madoff is from?
Post by: Spindrift on December 26, 2008, 11:46:44 AM
So do you think he is the biggest/worst Jewish criminal of all time? Bugsy and Meyer Lansky were pretty famous and killed people. But they didn't steal as much money or crush as many innocent victims as Madoff. I wonder if you adjusted for inflation the illegal $$ of Bugsy and Lansky if they stole the same amount of $$ as Madoff. I doubt it.