Rumors swirled around the internet over the past few days about the death of Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzbach. Today, the museum confirmed her passing.
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Nicole Atzbach, Curator of the Meadows Museum, passed away on Saturday, November 4, after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones as they lay her to rest in her hometown of Arvada, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations to a scholarship fund set up for her children may be sent to Geoff Atzbach, 3020 Hollycrest Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Curator Nicole Atzbach (42 years-old) passed away on Saturday, November 4th, after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. The university made the announcement today after receiving permission to share the news from Atzbach’s family.
Atzbach joined the museum as Assistant Curator in March 2010. In 2012, she was promoted to curator. Before that, she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
After her promotion at the Meadows Museum, director Mark A. Roglán stated, “Nicole has been an extremely valuable part of our team since joining the museum, making significant contributions to recent exhibitions . . . I look forward to her continued success with exhibitions, as well as her preparations for a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the museum’s permanent collection.”
The afternoon in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains appeared somber as I drove along I-24 westbound from Knoxville to Memphis to be with my children. I had been overseas for three months in the Netherlands at an educational summit and had enjoyed it immensely; well, that is until I received that fateful phone call in the early morning hours that every parent dreads. It was four O’clock in the morning Amsterdam time which was seven hours ahead of the Central Standard Time zone of the caller and I was groggy but the sound of the unusual ring at that time in the morning found me wide awake.
It was my former wife Robbin who sounded out of breath “David, there’s been a horrible accident and Chaz’s car is totaled”. Chaz was our oldest of three children and had recently turned seventeen. The shock of that statement sent cyber fast images across my mind’s eye; a mangled car, blood, a hospital ambulance, a room of dedicated emergency medical technicians and doctors frantically working in the organized chaos of those ever so familiar scenes.
Today between the dimensions of grace & inspirations we find a passage that we want to share with you.
William Blake – one of the greatest Romantic Poets of all time. The College Professors whom I had in college were in earnestly deep interest and fascination about this man and they state that Blake, who at the age of eight was totally fluent in six different languages and who at the age of five could write in one and speak in another at the same time. His Artistry even at the age of 10 was comparable to the likes of even Michael Angelo. Simply stunning!
(Here at Precocious Life we hope that you will read the entire speech for it stands among his greatest but if not here is our “Precocious Cliff Note” version, a 2-minute read)
Visceral combativeness between the Press and the President has become commonplace in our world today to the point that it seems impossible for a Chief Executive to achieve anything significant (except for issues like relief for the Hurricane Harvey victims). So, we here at Precocious Life couldn’t help but ask ourselves;
Is this really necessary? Could this perhaps have been avoided?
Short Answer – No and Yes
Which President has had the best rapport with the press? This one isn’t even a close call, it’s JFK. Not only did he win the Election because of the first Presidential televised debate but he understood the power of the media.
After all, his brother in law, Peter Lawford was a Hollywood Movie Star and in his earlier days he spent much time there as a single Bachelor rubbing elbows and it never ended.
So, he understood perhaps better than any other President before him the critical necessity of getting the media endeared to him and on his agenda. He had none of the issues with the media that Presidents do today but neither has any other President approached them the way he did.
Frank Ramos is just such one of these rare exceptional ones who is always distributing helpful hints, stories and sound Legal guidance for the younger generation of attorneys out there who are in desperate need of ‘mentoring’; in short Frank is one of our “Precocious Favorites” so we wanted to give our Precocious Life members his interesting and outstanding views on various topics that face our legal world today.
Frank is a well respected Attorney & Partner in the Law firm of Clarke Silverglate in Miami. So whether you are a seasoned veteran of our world of Jurisprudence or just starting out it is our Pleasure to share Franks truly interesting, inspirational, informative and ‘Precocious Legal Tip of the Week’ with you.
The following statement may come as a surprise from a trial lawyer but I hate lawsuits. Corporate America asks our firm to represent them when they are sued in commercial, employment, and personal injury matters. Some cases have merit. Some don’t. But as a whole and after all considered I find them terribly ineffective to resolve disputes. They are time-consuming. They are expensive. They are confrontational. Personalities and egos get in the way. Misunderstandings devolve into nasty e-mails and even a nastier motion practice. I’m a cost center to my clients. I don’t make them money. I only cost them money.
Background – In April 2016, I Co-Authored a legal analysis with an Indonesian Attorney & Author, Davidson Samosir, Esq. on a new legislative enactment. It was novel and controversial. Our purpose at that time was to bring some clarity for the Legal community for this was a dramatic new law for the country of Indonesia regarding Foreign ownership of real estate. So, at that time it was a Legal Thesis for our legal brethren.
Foreign investors and ex-pats had been waiting on such a law as this for decades but for that time period at least Dr. Samosir, Esq. & myself toiled over what was to be the first analysis of its kind in the Indonesian legal annals realizing all the while that the law was new and was yet to stand the test of time.
So, after much deliberation we wrote the first Article on this in the Indonesian Legal Digest. But, as we were also both Authors as well as Attorneys we wanted to wait and give it some time to see how it was all going to turn out before we ever submitted this to the mainstream alternative media outside of the sterile world of ‘Legal Academia’.
You cannot Judge a Book By its Cover – Whew! That’s an Understatement
We ran across this true story a few months ago and it moved us ever so deeply that we just had to share it. This is a true story of how an amazing WWII war hero who, after the war continued on with his life and both his heroism and this incredible story almost disappeared and faded into obscurity forever – well, almost.
And had it not been for the fact that a high ranking military officer happened across just one page this amazing chronicle would have never have seen the light of day (or print) and because of this one single reference in only one page this episode was rescued and preserved this event for all time. So, thank you Colonel Deputy Commandant James Moschgat for allowing us to share this inspiring story (see the Colonel’s Bio at the end of this Article)
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Isn’t what you read and see nothing more than ‘food for the mind’? In your regular diet you can certainly live on fast food but why would you want to? So much of what you read online these days is only designed to grab your attention long enough to put a click advertisement in front of you hoping you’ll click it, or double click it. We call that the ‘double trick click game‘ and its nothing more than a gathering of your information for sale.
No, she said, incorrect. Anyone else have a guess? Well the guessing went wild, someone said it was Nixon, then Ulysses S. Grant. Someone even guessed Thomas Jefferson and then someone who had obviously never even opened the History text said “It’s William Henry Harrison”. My goodness! President Harrison was 68 years old before he assumed Office.
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Indemnification Clauses – What are they? Well, here is a standard “IC” Clause you might expect to see in any variety of contracts;
“Seller; Agrees to indemnify, compensate Buyer for all expenses and hold Buyer harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses and/or expenses including Attorney’s fees made suffered and/or incurred by any person, entity, governmental body (Yawn) not a party to this agreement and asserted against Buyer or its associates, employees or agents, warranty or covenant or the performance or non-performance of Buyer’s obligations under this contract”:
Looks Pretty Good Right? Let’s Look again and take this Language to its Logical conclusion.
You Buy a product, you use it, it is defective and you are sued for the use of this. What do you do next? You are covered, right? Isn’t the Seller supposed to indemnify you?