Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The List-Makers' List, Inscription The Eighth

The fifteenth name written by The List-Makers is Joan Melvin of the Orie Clan, magistrate most supreme, recorded as consanguine of Jane Clare the Listed; target of Stephen the Younger; and jouster with Ronald, Colleague of Stephen the Elder.

The sixteenth name written by The List-Makers is Donald Barden, went-for-broke chance-hall grantee, recorded as frustrator and accuser of Charles the E-Mailer and William the (would-be) Chancer; and as upsetter of John the Intermediary.

Two more names enrolled. The List-Makers' List (far right column).


Anonymous said...

Joan Orie Melvin is a Judge on the Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania, not a "magistrate". Look it up and show some respect.

Infinonymous said...

Joan Orie Melvin is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Justice Orie Melvin began her judicial journey with a premature (political) appointment as magistrate, and eventually the political tides carried her, somewhat improbably, to the Commonwealth's Supreme Court.

Magistrate most supreme . . . get it?

Bram Reichbaum said...

Barden! Woo!

Infinonymous said...

Why does Barden merit a "Woo!"?

Has any side door (marked "Harrah's") by which the List-Makers snuck into Pittsburgh casino's been identified?

If not, or probably even if so, Barden cost The List-Makers a bundle.

Bram Reichbaum said...

Well there's the connect between Rivers and the gaming advocacy group. I think the Rivers is one of the few consistently affiliated casinos.

Of course the idea is that Pat Ford stalled and delayed casino approvals (that's right, Pat Ford actually SLOWED DOWN development!!) in order to drain Barden's lines of credit as the banking industry was tanking. You remember at the time, when Barden was failing to secure loans, a lot of Pittsburgh scoffed at the seeming deadbeat. Well very shortly Lehman went belly-up and his problems weren't so unique.

Anyway, that had to be a bit of serendipity, but rumor is the right local people from Harrah's found a way to step in. They'd need to have done it indirectly with all that scrutiny, and no I have nothing to present in this regard.

Why "woo" Barden? He seemed so excited about the ten-figure investment a portion of the 28 acres and the tendrils headed east into the Hill. A shame he got locked out. I honestly think he would have put more of the rest of his portfolio at risk IF Pittsburgh was still an attractive deal, but you recall he was pretty frustrated.

I'm not saying he's as pure as the driven snow, but he seemed like the kind of partner we should have embraced harder.