R.I.P. V. Paul Gavora, 1931-2018


WC met Paul Gavora in the Northland Hub bankruptcy.1 WC represented the Unsecured Creditors Committee. The committee wanted its members paid. Gavora wanted out. It was not a happy situation. In a business reorganization bankruptcy, in this case a Chapter 11, the unsecured creditors are permitted to organize and have a collective voice in how…

Black Phoebe on Tombstone, San Diego, CA

Memorial Day, 2018


A post from four years ago. In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were…

Some Notes on Jerry Norum


Jerry Norum died earlier this month, at age 84. WC lost a friend, a terrific teacher and a role model. WC’s 5th grade teacher was Dorothy McNavish. If you are of a certain age, your remember a gray-haired woman, hair in a tight bun, lips tightly pursed, carrying an “I’m from Foodland” shopping bag. Yeah,…

A wildlife ranger comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet moments before he passed away. Credit: Ami Vitale National Geographic Creative

R.I.P. Sudan, 1973-2018


Sudan, the last Northern White Rhinoceros, Certatotherium simum cottoni, was euthanized March 19. He was 45 years old, advanced old age for a rhino. He was the last male of his subspecies. The two remaining Northern White Rhinos are his daughter and granddaughter, Najin and Fatu. Sudan was born in 1973 in Shambe, South Sudan. He…

Adrian Lamo: 'The way it played out seems like something that could only happen in a movie.' Photograph: Jennifer S Altman/Washington Post/Getty Images

Lamo, Manning and Doing Right


Adrian Lamo is dead. The death is confirmed, although the circumstances aren’t yet released. Lamo was just 37 years old; it wasn’t old age. Lamo was a hacker of some skill. In 2001-2003, he broke into a lot of digital places, including the New York Times, Microsoft and Yahoo.1 He was eventually arrested and plead to…