The Rogue Speaks:
In May of 1988, we traveled to New York to attend the wedding of a son of very close friend. As a matter of fact, we have been to all his children's weddings over the years, and they were always grand events and lots of fun.
This particular wedding was held in the same old church where John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s wife had been baptized. It was a very old and beautiful stone building. Rod and I had offered to taxi people between the hotel and the church, so we were two of the last people to arrive for the ceremony. We had attended the rehearsal, and had chuckled when the minister said he didn't want any surprises when he asked if there was anyone who objected to the wedding.
When that part of the ceremony finally arrived, a gentleman on the bride's side stood up and said, "I want to speak!" An arm came from the pew behind him, and shoved him back down into his seat. The bride's knuckles went white, and all the color drained from her mother's face. Again, the man rose up, and someone whispered loudly, "Eddie, shut up!" The minister approached the fellow, and after a few seconds, said to him, "Thank you for your sentiments, sir." The man sat down and the wedding continued.
So here's the scoop. Uncle Eddie had taken this particular day to "fall off the wagon." And his words? He was blessing the couple and their marriage. Uncle Eddie did not appear at the reception.
The married couple, both investment bankers for different companies, went on to NYC to start their lives together. We saw them again in New Orleans a couple of years later for another son's wedding. They seemed happy.
It is now 26 years later, and we decided to Google our friend because we had not heard from him in a while. We knew that his wife had died several years ago, and we wanted to see how he was doing since that time. When my search came up, I almost fell out of my chair. The son whose wedding we had attended was being indicted by the SEC for insider trading! There was no mention of his lovely wife, but the article did mention his 36 year old ex- girlfriend (He's 55 now) and their illegitimate child. It also mentioned his father, our friend. If you are interested, here is the link to an article in USA Today. This man, whom we have known since he was a boy, may go away for twenty years. That's kind of the punishment one gets for lying to the feds. I'm sure the SEC has it's own punishment in store.
Rod and I have talked a lot about this for the last couple of days and wonder just what went wrong in the man's life that he should end up this way. I think that the love of money took hold of him and made him think that he was invincible. That happens a lot, you know.
"The love of money is the root of all evil."
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