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Tom Morgan

Ice Dance Headliners Wow Fenimore Gala

Ice Dance Headliners

Wow Fenimore Gala

Performers from Ice Dance International AJ Reiss, Carly Donowick and Brad Vigorito (skating on artificial Glice), electrified the annual Fenimore Art Museum gala-goers last evening at the Glimmerglen Estate on Otsego Lake; watching behind the skaters, top photo, at right, is Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook president. Attendees included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy, lower left, posing with Olympian Dorothy Hammill. At right, hostess Jane Forbes Clark chats with guests; in the foreground is Tom McReynolds, Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor and nationally syndicated business columnist. (Leah McDonald/AllOTSEGO.com)

SYMPOSIUM IS SOLD OUT, BUT

SKATING DEMONSTRATIONS TODAY

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Political Cross-Dressers May Enjoy What’s In Store More
TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK

Political Cross-Dressers May

Enjoy What's In Store More

  Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column. 

The national mood has set me thinking.  About bi-sexuality.  You know, AC/DC.  Also about pouting in the back seat of the car.

        First, the sex thing.  I know, you were hoping sex would come first.

        Woody Allen reckoned that bi-sexuality doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. I reckon that being bi-politic doubles your chances for satisfactions with the Trump administration. Just as being bi-social doubles your chances for solid friendships.

        My suggestion is simple: If you take an extreme stance you will miss a lot. You will be like the kid who does not want to go to his sister’s birthday party. He pouts in the back seat.  Arms pressed against his chest. Lips clamped. “I am not, not, not going to enjoy this party.”

        With that attitude he misses out on all the games. And the delights of ice cream and cake.

 

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Trump Will Bring Developer’s Imagination To White House
TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK

Trump Will Bring Developer’s

Imagination To White House

Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column.

tom-morgan-logoA few thoughts about the election.

A big reason Trump outsmarted his opponents: He is a business guy. An entrepreneur. More – he is a developer.

This business guy looked at spending campaign money differently than his politician opponents did. A business guy asks, “If we spend this money, will we get a proper return? Show me how.”  A politician says, “Spend the money. We’ll squeeze more from our big donors.”

Result: Trump spent a fraction of what his opponents spent. And whipped them.

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In D.C., Buying Influence IS Normal
TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK

In D.C., Buying Influence IS Normal

Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column.

tom morgan logo Suppose you discovered your doctor runs a charity on the side. The charity gives away some money. But it spends most of its money on things that help the doctor. Often financially.

How is the charity funded? Contributions from drug companies. They want the doc to prescribe their drugs. Contributions from specialists. They want the doc to refer patients to them.

Any problem with this arrangement?

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Hillary E-Mail Scandal: Were Mistakes Made?
TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK

Hillary E-Mail Scandal:

Were Mistakes Made? 

Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column.

tom morgan logoRandom thoughts on the Hillary email scandal:

Imagine if you could suck all the political gas from this. You would be left with a pure impartial situation. Suppose you then asked: Did this senior government executive break a bunch of laws? Of course she did. Should the President be devastated that this happened? Sure. Should he sack his Attorney General for her behavior in this? Of course.

Should alarm bells go off in the White House and State Department? For sure. A senior executive handled top secret stuff as casually as she would comic books. She rolled out red carpets for spies. She endangered all of us with her recklessness.

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Tom Morgan – The People Said No
TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK

The People Said No

Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column.

tom morgan logoWha’ happened?

Did earthquakes churn Europe into rubble?  Did The Plague descend upon Britain?  Did skyscrapers topple? Did the Queen scamper naked ‘round Picadilly Circus?

Europeans are screaming at the Brits. Calling them everything but Nazis.  Half the British are screaming at the other half.  In fact calling them Nazis. What cataclysmic event has brought about such rancor?

The people said no.

What do you mean?

Politicians asked Brits if they wanted to stay in the EU.  They said no.

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Playwright (And Renaissance Man) Tom Morgan Taking Play On Road

Playwright (And Renaissance Man) Tom Morgan Taking Play On Road

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Tom Morgan, the former Oneonta financial adviser known for his one-man “Tales of the Empire” plays, has now turned an argument into art.

In 2012, he and wife Erna Morgan McReynolds witnessed what Morgan described as “an obsessive amount of parental control.”

“I began to wonder, ‘What would happen down the road’?” he said. “It served as a catalyst.”

He began writing, and what came out was his newest play, “Leaving Something Behind,” which opens at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Players of Utica theater, 1108 State St. The second show, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, will feature a Q&A with Morgan, as well as director Eileen Tiller-Clanton, who also plays the mother, and Rayna Schneider, who plays the daughter.

The show centers around the mother and daughter as they reveal and unravel ugly truths, shocking revelations and painful memories. “The primal issue is control,” said Morgan. “It’s an issue that’s as old as time – you see it in ancient Greek tragedy, in George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” It reverberates, it’s very central to our lives.”

But he insisted that the show isn’t as grim as it might seem. “The mother is a very ditzy, Edith Bunker type,” he said. “So that brings some laughs, and the daughter has a very sardonic sense of humor.”

He tried out the script in late 2013 with a staged reading at SUNY Oneonta. “The audience really loved it,” he said. “I took it to Rayna to see if she could get it produced.”

Still the voice behind “Tom Morgan’s Moneytalk,” the longest-running short feature in American radio – it’s been on the air for 36 years – Tom turned to playwriting after retiring as a financial adviser. “I had done just about every other kind of writing,” he said. “I had written about the Empire Hotel in my columns, and Franklin Stage asked me to do a reading of some of those stories.”

He took it one step further and wrote a one-man show. “That’s when I became a playwright and an actor,” he said. “And that was an adventure!”

In 2008-11, Morgan’s “Tales of the Empire” series, based on his father’s proprietorship of the so-named Gilbertsville hotel, was a staple at the Franklin Stage Company. “Leaving Something Behind” is Morgan’s fifth play and the first he isn’t starring in. “I think it will tug at the audience’s heartstrings,” he said. “This kind of story gets inside people.”

And from here, he hopes the play can be performed in larger venues. “I’d love to take it to Broadway!” he said. “What the heck, I’ll aim high!”

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