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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 26, June 25, 2006, Article 21

WHERE ARE YOU, TOMMY THOMPSON?

Regarding Bob Evans' response to the Forbes article on the Central
America investors, Alan V. Weinberg writes: "I read the article.
Any alleged Forbes author bias or refusal to print Evans' laudatory
comments on Thompson must be seen in the context of the numerous
complaints from many S.S. Central America financiers and investors
who've not seen a penny return on their investment over a decade
ago. Additionally, since no one knows where Thompson is and any
investigation as to his whereabouts has been futile, it could well
be that he is hiding from his creditors and authorities. Thompson,
until he surfaces and explains, must be condemned.

I felt the greatest weakness in the Forbes article was not including
a photograph of Tommy Thompson (several readily available color images
in the rear of the Gold Rush Bowers book ) instead of a generic artist's
rendition which could apply to hundreds of thousands of men. Including
a color photograph could have resulted in some positive sightings
amongst the multi-million person Forbes readership.

I went the next day to the public library and read the Forbes Thompson
/Central America article. Several pages - plenty of clear, crisp
pictures of the primary wealthy investors (3 or 4 closeup), some deep
sea pictures of the submerged gold, etc.

I found it very odd that the entire article did not have a photographic
picture of Thompson, the alleged absconder no one could now locate so
that one of the millions of readers might spot him somewhere.

The only image was on the article's 1st page, an artsy computer
graphic image of a handsome bearded man, from the side at an angle,
closeup. I said this looked like thousands of bearded 30-40ish men.
What, no photograph of him? How odd. I went to my Bowers Gold Rush
book, which was as I recall even mentioned in the article, and sure
enough, there were plenty of good clear color pictures of Thompson,
many depicting him wearing wire rim spectacles which the article's
computer graphic image was not. That's like issuing a Wanted poster
with a pencil sketch of the criminal sought when you have unused good
clear photographic images of the criminal at hand. What a waste!"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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