To the highest bidder goes to the spoils, but this bidder got his spoiled – which is what should happen…
Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.
This week it’s: investigative reporting
The Bidwell Exchange sign stirs up the town occasionally. It’s not a pretty part of our past. It was left because it’s antique-y.
Some people thought it was an old market where farmers brought their goods, traded currency, or bought and sold stock.
Well, that last part is true. J. Truman Bidwell, since the 1930’s, was a member and later chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. By 1962, he was indicted for income tax evasion; though acquitted, he was later found to be influence peddling.
Nothing really changes in the world of finance. I say just leave the damn sign up.
story line from:
New York Times obituary
J. TRUMAN BIDWELL, 83, DIES; EX-STOCK EXCHANGE OFFICIAL
By JOAN COOK
Published: February 19, 1987
J. Truman Bidwell, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and an exchange member for 55 years, died Tuesday in the Naples (Fla.) Community Hospital after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. He was 83 years old and lived in Naples.
Mr. Bidwell was elected chairman of the exchange in May 1961, the first independent broker to be so honored.
As chairman, he was in charge of trading on the floor of the exchange and called upon to arbitrate disputes. The position, while influential, did not involve any administrative responsibility and was unpaid, except for a fee for attending governors meetings.
Mr. Bidwell resigned as chairman in February 1962 after his indictment by a Federal grand jury on charges of evading almost $60,000 in income taxes.
He was acquitted of the charge in January 1963 but was censured four months later by the stock exchange for giving gifts valued at more than $20,000 to personnel of brokerage concerns with which he did business without obtaining exchange permission. The exchange prohibits employees from giving gifts without special permission.