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    Re: Huffington Post~Melinda Balllard's Father Passed Away

    Posted by Rem Dude on 2/17/10


    First, if you don't want people to respond to your posts, then
    please stop posting nonsense.

    Secondly, Ms. Ballard is not considered noteworthy by many who
    have suffered as a result of the frivolous mold claims that
    followed hers.

    Lastly, you’re not doing her family any favors publicizing their



    On 2/17/10, Sharon wrote:
    > RemDude,
    > Once again, you have not only proven your lack of decorum and
    > social graces; you have again proven you write without fact
    > checking.
    > Although the jury awarded Melinda Ballard $32M, she ultimately
    > never received that amount. And...the award had NOTHING to do
    > with mold. The illnesses they experienced were not even part
    > of the trial.
    > It was solely for insurance bad faith.
    > Please, RemDude, I urge you to show a little respect for the
    > family who just lost a loved one, and do not post anymore
    > bashings of Melinda on this thread.
    > Drop it. Okay?
    > Thanks,
    > Sharon
    > On 2/17/10, Rem Dude wrote:
    >> While you may champion Ms. Ballard, many do not. Her $32
    >> million dollar award and the mirid of frivolous get-rich-
    >> quick black toxic mold cases it spurred, resulted in the
    >> insurance industry unilaterally capping mold claims. Now,
    >> those who need to have mold removed from their home can no
    >> longer afford to do so thanks to Ms. Ballard and her ilk.
    >> Sorry to hear of her father’s passing, however, anyone who
    >> champions Ms. Ballard as some sort of hero should see first
    >> hand what her “cause” has done to the less fortunate.
    >> Maybe she should set aside her $32 million to help those who
    >> now cannot afford to have mold removed from their home
    >> thanks to her. THAT, my dear, would be a true hero.
    >> RD
    >> On 2/16/10, Sharon wrote:
    >>> I bet there are a lot of people on this board who do not
    >>> understand where Melinda got her salt and tenacity to
    >> stand
    >>> up for what is right. Here is the answer.
    >>> Huffington Post.
    >>> Andrew Reinbach: Claude M. Ballard, Jr. -- Rest in Peace
    >>> Claude M. Ballard Jr. died on Friday, Feb. 11th . Why
    >> isn't
    >>> important; he had to go, and we are here. Those who knew
    >>> him, and valued his friendship, will miss him.
    >>> I will. Every journalist with an established beat has what
    >>> they call in New York a rabbi -- somebody who vouches for
    >>> them, steers them in the right direction, and warns them
    >>> when they're heading for the rocks. When I was covering
    >> the
    >>> big-time real estate business in the 1980s, Claude was
    >>> mine. He opened doors for me, all over the world, that I
    >>> might not have even have known of. I owe him.
    >>> To people outside real estate, Claude's name doesn't mean
    >>> much. But in that world, Claude was a great man -- one of
    >>> the handful of people who make things move. Attached to
    >>> some project or idea, his name was all that was necessary
    >>> to attract respectful attention.
    >>> He earned that position by being a walking real estate
    >>> computer, data base, and Rolodex. But what really earned
    >>> him his place was...being Claude. A big six-foot-three,
    >>> Claude was overwhelming. Nothing, and no one, could
    >> buffalo
    >>> him. And in a business filled with over-sized
    >>> personalities, that is a valuable commodity. Even sitting
    >>> at a table, saying nothing, everyone knew he was there.
    >>> That wasn't his best quality, though; his best quality was
    >>> that he knew that every one -- and no one -- is important.
    >>> So he treated everybody the same -- straight on, one to
    >>> one. Claude never gave himself airs or acted like he was
    >>> important -- though he certainly was. He had the gift of
    >>> meeting everyone straight-on. Maybe that was because he
    >> was
    >>> a self-made man, son of a Memphis railroad traffic
    >>> controller.
    >>> Considering he'd survived at the pinnacle of the national
    >>> and international commercial real estate industry for 50
    >>> years, I'm sure he'd had his share of knock-down meetings -
    >> -
    >>> probably more than his share. And I know that if he'd
    >>> wanted to, he could have had me for breakfast, and not
    >> even
    >>> known I was on the spoon. But in the 30 years I knew him,
    >> I
    >>> never saw him push anybody around.
    >>> The heights Claude reached, and lived in, never went to
    >> his
    >>> head. It could have. He was a general partner of Goldman
    >>> Sachs, back when it was a private partnership; chairman of
    >>> Rockefeller Center Properties; in retirement, he owned
    >>> interests in, among other things, 88 malls, plus other
    >>> properties; served on many boards; and lectured at the
    >>> nation's top schools. But he had no appetite for luxury,
    >>> excess, or display. In his days at Goldman he kept no
    >> limo.
    >>> Taking the subway to work was good enough for him.
    >>> If he said a deal was good, people didn't question it.
    >>> Sometimes, a project he sponsored was subscribed in an
    >>> afternoon. And he was so good at what he did that the same
    >>> people who'd sat across the table from him in a deal would
    >>> hire his services after it closed -- they knew nobody
    >> could
    >>> possibly do a better job.
    >>> Until he left Goldman, Claude had only worked for two
    >>> companies -- Prudential Insurance, and Goldman Sachs.
    >> After
    >>> he retired, he served on the board of CBL& Associates, a
    >>> major mall owner.
    >>> He started at Prudential as an analyst in 1948, and when
    >> he
    >>> left in 1981 he was senior vice president in charge of
    >>> commercial real estate. Along the way he and a friend,
    >>> Meyer Melnikoff, laid the foundation of pension fund
    >>> investing in real estate. Before this, pension funds only
    >>> invested in stocks, bonds, and U.S. Treasuries: Today,
    >>> they're the backbone of large-scale real estate investing
    >>> and ownership.
    >>> And it was Claude and his friendships that made Goldman
    >>> Sachs the dominant real estate investment banking house in
    >>> the 1980s. Those were the sort of things that made him, in
    >>> his time, one of the acknowledged leaders of his industry.
    >>> But that's all to one side. Real estate will go on, and so
    >>> will the world. What will take a pause, however, is the
    >>> world Claude informed -- the world of his wife, Mary, his
    >>> daughters Karen, Melinda, and Robyn, his grandchildren,
    >> and
    >>> his many friends.
    >>> As I said, he had to go, and we are here. Those of us who
    >>> knew Claude will know he is no longer among us.

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