Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."



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Richard Lawrence Cohen

It's supposed to be worth it if you get a good story out of it, but as time goes on I begin to have my doubts.

Gene

I actually did this for a living for five years in NYC for the Sheriff's Dept. I was a Deputy Sheriff when Philip Crimaldi started up his famous 'scofflow' program under Mayor Dinkins. The difference between the marshals and the sheriff is the money the sheriff collects goes to the City, the extra fees the marshal collects goes in the marshal's pocket! We towed thousands of cars and after five long years of making people suffer, I couldn't take it any longer--I quit and joined the NYPD...

Jay Rivers

How much are the fees that a Marshal can collect for various acts in NYC. For example how much for evictions, car towing, and judgement collections? Also what are the start up cost for a NYC Marshal? Thank you for your help.

S SHWARTZ

DEPUTY SHERIFF HAS IT WRONG. THE DEPUTIES DID IN FACT (WITH CRIMALDI'S OK) RIPPED PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CARS AFTER CHASING THEM FOR BLOCKS. CRIMALDI FANCIED HIMSELF A SHERIFF FROM THE OLD WILD WEST. HE EVEN WORE COWBOY BOOTS AND INCONGRUOUISLY ASSIGNED HIMSELF 5 STARS! THE CITY LOST MONEY ON THE SLACKERS: THEIR EARNINGS FOR THE CITY DIDNT COVER THEIR SALARIES. CAN YOU SPELL COOPING?

j. davis

my god. you think i would have learned my lesson after time number one. i had EVERY intention of going down and contesting my tickets (which as you know probably... MANY were bullsh*t tickets... each week prior to now. and this a.m., i go to move my car like a good little girl and BLAMO! it's going to cost me a pretty $1300 for a few tickets. at minimum. god, i love this city!

Topper

Who cares?! If you would just pay,you wouldn't get towed away!

Jamie

Linda Swift is a NIGHTMARE. I think it's DISGUSTING that people make their living like that. I also think its unconstitutional to charge THAT much for unpaid parking tickets. It is a SCAM and she is DISGUSTING.

Westerly A. Donohue

Linda Swift towed my AWD car from Greenwich Village, and didn't care a toss that a two-up/two-down tow truck was used to drag it away. The result? The transfer case in my transmission was destroyed, a $2,300 repair, plus the time I spent inside a flat-bed tow truck, going from the NY-CT border, down to Eddy's tow pound, and back, to reclaim it.

Watch out for this pound. I was told I could retrieve my car with the tow truck I had to hire--for an extra $80. Moreover, when the guy in the office learned I wanted a damage report, he told me that Eddy didn't allow his personnel to give them out. I had to go to the 72nd Precinct and arrive in a squad car with two police officers to convince him otherwise.

Since I am disabled, and live in CT, I would be dead without a car, which is why I use it to commute to NY in the first place. I was told I wasn't eligible for a NYC handicapped parking tag by a South Bronx school secretary--and, dumb
me--I believed her. So, by the time I got a couple of tickets using Immy federal handicapped hang tag, I wasn't eligible to apply for the city's.

Anyhow, I had to take a leave of absence from my doctoral studies at the New School for Social Research because of all the running around I had to do to get my car out of Eddy's pound, and arrange for its repairs, so I sued Marshal Swift in Small Claims Court.

If you are lucky enough to have a witness to an improper towing, you can go to court to get back the costs for damages. I'm supposed to return to court on this Thursday. My case was continued after Marshal Swift's slimy lawyer implied I was trying to collect my $1,000 deductible twice: Once, from my insurance company, once from poor victimized Marshal Swift.

I will return to court with a letter from my insurer on Thursday night, but now I realize I am totally marked, and my car will never be safe on a NYC street again.

Am I being paranoid, perhaps? Well, by the time I left court at 10 pm, I found a $110 ticket on my car. Speaking to my insurer about the letter, I also discovered someone was asking about me with the insurer, who claimed to be a lawyer, but wasn't. Apparently, the slimy lawyer of Marshal Swift's had hired a private eye to 'get the dirt' on me.

Clearly, these are not the sort of people you want to invite to your dinner party. I always told my kids: If someone acts as if they can't trust you, it's because they are untrustworthy.

These marshals ought to be scrutinized a lot more carefully by the Mayor, who appoints them.

Thousands of people are most likely having their cars damaged by tows by marshals, who believe they can get away with it because there won't be eyewitnesses.

I had two eyewitneses. Now MY integrity is being questioned. I can't wait to return to court to tell the judge about the ticket, and the PI. Is that the integrity a marshal is supposed to show the public? I looked through the Marshal's Handbook (available in PDF form online), and nowhere did it state that, if you challenge a marshal's misuse of authority, you are likely to be investigated.

I think it is more than disgusting; I think it is criminal.

After Small Claims Court, there is going to be a long letter to Mayor Bloomberg's office, and the Department of Investigations, (the latter of which refused to investigate the marshal based on my complaint). Sure seems some people are well-connected, but here's the truth of the matter: If you are poor, and not connected in NYC, the consequences of a bad towing can be a life-altering event.

Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. The irony is, I finally got the NYC handicapped hang tag. It was displayed in my car when I got the mystery ticket while I was in court.

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