Category Archives: Observer

The Prison Trilogy

Some of you have asked when Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story … book will come out, and I thought I should explain as follows: I am in the process of completing what I call “The Prison Trilogy,” which is composed of three narrative nonfiction books,...

Unknown Convergence

While Mary Bancroft, the first child of Hugh Bancroft, was following her freelance journalistic career in Zürich, Switzerland, giving talks to the American Women’s Club of Zürich, radio talks, and writing articles for the Swiss press, she was bored and longed for adventure. As German aggression heated up in Europe, she...

The Panic of 1907

From Clarence Barron’s purchase of the Wall Street Journal in 1902 until 1907, America was on one of its cyclic booms. In 1907, however, “The Panic of 1907” hit Wall Street and the country. It was also called the “1907 Bankers’ Panic.” The New York Stock Exchange fell close to...

Hugh Bancroft

Hugh Bancroft was an interesting man. Born in Boston with a silver spoon in his mouth, one would quickly view him as the epitome of success. He graduated from Harvard in 1897, at 17. His father, a major general of the Massachusetts National Guard and Chairman of the Boston Elevated Railway, captained...

Quaker Meeting

Young George Trofimoff had been in the home of Paul Butterworth at Sunset Farms for a couple of weeks, when “Uncle Paul” told him that he would like for him to attend the Sunday Meeting of the local Society of Friends, the Quakers. Uncle Paul wanted to introduce George to...

Jackie and The Horses

Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in ancient Babylon, Syria, and Egypt, and was an event in Greek Olympics by 648 B.C. The style and distance of racing vary significantly by the country in which the race is occurring. There are three major types of racing: flat racing, steeplechase...

Welcome To My West Texas

The Observer welcomes My West Texas(http://www.mywesttexas.com) to The Observer blog. Through 40-plus years of law practice, raising money for oil companies and consulting in international business, I observed some fascinating and unique people. As I write novels about some of these people, their lives and events that I was involved...

Jackie and Me

I knew Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan (“Jackie”) through the last five years of her life. Her last husband, Ronnie Lee Morgan(http://ronmorgan.net), was a client of mine in my law practice. As it turned out, I spent a good deal of time with Jackie, either playing golf or executing plans and...

The Observer

In the practice of law, there are those who classify and stereotype instead of observe. No two people are alike. Each person has their own life experience. It may be the same act as had occurred with someone else. After all, there is nothing new under the sun, but for...