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Frank A. Weil
Frank Weil is the Chairman of Abacus and Associates, Inc., a private investment firm in New York, NY. From October 1979 - June 1983 he was a senior partner of the Washington law firms of Ginsburg, Feldman, Weil and Bress, chartered and Wald Harkrader and Ross. Mr. Weil headed the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce from 1977 - 1979. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chief Financial Officer of the investment firm of Paine, Webber Inc. from 1972 - 1977.

Mr. Weil has served on the for-profit boards of directors of MirrorWorldsTechnologies,SyVox Corporation, Exxel Container, Inc.; Geico Corp.; Paine Webber, Inc.; Cambridge Royalty, Inc.; Dorr-Oliver, Inc.; Hamburg Savings Bank, NYC; J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and Victory Mutual Funds, Cleveland.

Mr. Weil was a Trustee and Vice Chair of The Asia Society in New York City and was Chairman and a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Mr. Weil is a member of the Century Association and Harvard Club (both in New York City) and the Metropolitan Club (Washington, D.C.).

In not-for-profit activities, Mr. Weil has also served on the boards of directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Center for National Policy, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs and Inform. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Mr. Weil served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Excellence in Government from 1982 – present and was Chairman from 1988 - 1993.

He is a director and President of Hickrill Foundation and Treasurer of the Norman Foundation. He was President of the Education Alliance (NYC); a trustee of Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical School (NYC); Teachers College/Columbia University, and Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (Maine); Trustee and Vice Chairman of Northern Westchester Hospital; Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Harvey School, Katonah, New York; Trustee and Secretary of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. Mr. Weil served on the Visiting Committee of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Committee on University Resources at Harvard from 1972 - 1998. He was a member of the Advisory Board at the School for Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University.

In the field of public policy, Mr. Weil served as Chairman of the Committee on Taxation of the New York State Economic Development Board from 1975 - 1977, and Chairman of the New York State Board of Equalization and Assessment from 1976 - 1977. In 1986 he served on the New York State Advisory Commission on Liability Insurance and has served on Governor Cuomo's New York State Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities and its sub-committee on New York City Transit.

Mr. Weil was born on February 14, 1931 in Bedford, New York. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1953 and from Harvard Law School in 1956. He is domiciled in Wilson, Wyoming and maintains residences there and in New York City, Washington, DC and Stonington, Maine. He has been married to the former Denie Sandison since 1951. They have four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Entries by Frank A. Weil

Touch Wood

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:46 AM

There is an oasis of brilliance and calm in New York City, which is not widely known and is the result of the genius and vision of John D Rockefeller, who leveraged his vast fortune then to help his fellow man in many ways which he could imagine but would...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Time seems to be a simple thing. And, in one sense, it is.

In many other ways, it is immensely complicated. A lot of those complications come about because of individual perceptions, which are without limit.

Have you ever had a sense that your watch seems to be running...

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No Crocodile Tears

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:14 AM

A piece of advice. Do not try too hard to outlive your teeth.

Yes, you want to live as long as you can think straight and enjoy what you can do. But, if you live longer than your teeth can serve you, you are in for a couple of unexpected...

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The Disadvantages of Advantages in Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:16 PM

This subject runs the serious risk of being seen as elitist. But, it is important enough to surface in a way that makes clear that is not the case and to turn it to the advantage of the disadvantaged.

Advantages in life come randomly through baby nurseries in hospitals in...

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Character in Politics?

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Is there anyone alive who could honestly answer "no" to the question "Have you ever in your life lied?"

Of course, if the answer is "no," they are most likely lying, or they are deficient in their memory process (which raises its own doubts about them).

The portrait of politicians...

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Whither Social Media?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Oh, for the good old days, when a very popular person might count their number of good friends on their fingers and toes.

Today, if someone does not have a 1,000 friends and followers, they must be exuding either the worst body odors that the Internet can carry or...

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All's Well That Ends Well

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Sometimes encounters provide insights into human behaviors that can almost be inspiring. Along the way, there is almost always some grief, aggravation and irritation.

Here goes:

I was driving in Georgetown recently to do an errand. I saw an open "legal" parking space and pulled ahead to begin backing in...

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What Makes Technology Evolve?

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:43 AM

A whole new language has emerged in recent years to describe and explain how technologies can spread.

For example, if a new thing is seen as "disruptive" of an existing way of doing things, it is fawned over as the next biggest, best thing, and investors often turn themselves...

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(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:28 AM

We worry about heart attacks, strokes, cancer and a myriad of other regular diseases that lead to early incapacity and death and most of us take active and expensive steps to hope, help, delay and deal with such problems.

Still one of the things that creeps into very many lives...

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Government vs. Governance

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 4:40 PM

There is a very big and important difference.

That difference leads to dealing with a number of issues and questions that are plaguing our modern society in addressing many serious new problems today

Basically, the difference is quite simple.

Government is only ONE arm of modern society and it...

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(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:04 PM

One way of thinking about the Israel/Iran/U.S. conundrum is to reverse the positions and see how they look to the other folks.

Except, perhaps, for Iran's professed desire to obliterate Israel, their aim of becoming a nuclear state, even including weapons, is really no different or illegitimate from the...

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Iran vs. Israel = Zero

(44) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Netanyahu made one very effective point today.

He said, "How can you expect Israel to trust Iran in any way as long as Iran's clearly stated goal about Israel is annihilation?"

A very fair point.

While I do not agree with Netanyahu's other broad-brush, suspicious views, I think...

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How to Deal With ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:53 PM

An invisible, well-hidden, lethal enemy may be the most difficult thing to protect against. That probably has been true since the main weapons were sticks and stones.

Recently I bumped into one of the smartest, retired, very senior generals in our military world.

I asked why we had not...

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Evolution: Technology vs. Humans

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 1:20 PM

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is an eye-opening experience for the old and young alike. The fact, for example, that there are unique sea creatures in that one place that are quite unlike anything else in the world seems amazing. How come they never evolved?

In the mid 1800s...

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An Ugly Dilemma

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:45 PM

As chance dictates I am writing from Paris, the scene of the latest, though not the largest, horrendous clash between "representatives" of the civilizations of Muslim religious believers and western Judeo Christian believers.

The clear goal of the shootings aimed at the Paris cartoon magazine Charley Hebdo was an alleged...

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Risk of a 'Crying Wolf' Problem

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 9:11 AM

This thought will be short and sweet.

An epic snowstorm was predicted for New York City last week. "Storm of the century" rhetoric flooded airwaves. The mayor and the governor jumped on the bandwagon and buttoned everything down and tight. Then... well, not much. A millibar or two of atmospheric...

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Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Obama summed up one part of his recent rave SOTU saying:

"I know there's bipartisan support in this chamber. Members of both parties have told me so. Where we too often run onto the rocks is how to pay ..... As Americans, we don't mind paying our fair share of...

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Carrots and Sticks

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Why do so many people remain intractably stuck in a position on some matter or issue when "it" obviously has many sides, which to a purely rational, independent minded observer warrant at least some consideration?

If there were a good, simple explanation, we surely already would know it today. There...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Hope seems to have fallen by the way side of life today to the point that what most humans are striving for is becoming more and more difficult to achieve.

At some point in the future when scientists unanimously tell us chillingly that a collision of earth with a gigantic...

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The Flip Side of Family Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Thanksgiving is perhaps more people's favorite holiday than any other because it stresses family, food and reminders about what is good in people's lives for which they are thankful.

But, then the day arrives and things often go crazy. Too much good food. Too many rambunctious kids. Too much cleaning...

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