Ponzi, Madoff and Other Liars, Cheats and Scammers
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff top the list. Yet, there are other ne'er-de-wells, both male and female, who have made "swindling" their occupation and have remorsely cheated large numbers of people. This lecture series will focus on these individuals' notorious stories and describe the commonalities of those involved. How did Gerald Barnes add "doctor" to his name and advance in a medical career without a degree? How did twins manage to bilk the U.S. government of over three million dollars in "shipping costs" for inexpensive items? How did George Hull create and exploit the "Cardiff Monster" and then have P. T. Barnum outdo him? How did George P. Parker find buyers for both the Statue of Liberty and Grant's Tomb? From Cassie Chadwick, an impostor, to Frank Abagnale and his eight identities, these bizarre but true stories will highlight America's swindlers, cheats and scammers.
1. Charles Ponzi, Bernie Madoff, the Shuler Twins
2. Gerald Barnes,Frank Abagnale
3. Cassie Chadwick, David Hampton, George C. Parker
4. George Hull, P.T. Barnum. Ferdinand Demara
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Myrna calls what she does "Edutainment," and she has been the recipient of several LLS awards.
||1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
||Thursdays, March 20, 27; April 3, 10
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member