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Frank A. Weil
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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

A Tidbit From 1979: A Lesson for Today

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:01 PM

In the summer of 1979, Jimmy Carter suffered from a political malaise and gave a speech about it. In the following days, he fired with one stroke, five cabinet officers -- the type of purge that was common in the Soviet Politburo but virtually unheard of here -- as if...

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Boomerang Effects of Good Intentions

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:36 PM

We go through life full of the best intentions in how we behave and in being helpful to friends and neighbors.

More often than seems fair, those intentions go awry and we find ourselves digging out from under misunderstandings or worse.

For example, you say to your wife, "Honey, you...

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What Would People Think?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:17 PM

"What would people think?" How many times do suppose you have asked yourself that question? Why do you suppose you ask it?

Perhaps you are vain and care how you look?

Perhaps you are insecure and do not want to appear stupid?

Perhaps you are ambitious and need to...

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Stem Cells vs. Perpetuity?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:22 AM

John D. Rockefeller was not only a great oil man, he was an astonishing visionary.

Envisioning the need for and possibility of achieving what we see as modern medicine, in 1901 he created Rockefeller University in New York City to be a base of research the life sciences.

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The Hidden "You" in You

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:29 AM

There is a lot of fascinating work being done about how our minds work and how memories are formed, stored and recalled. I am full of admiration for those neuroscientists and claim no real ability to understand their science, but a fascination with what they claim those processes can do.

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The Role of Hammers in Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:27 AM

We all discover hammers early in life, sometimes to our parent's distress.

Hammers are, of course, used to drive nails mainly into wood to hold things together. They are used to bang things into place, break windows in emergencies and deliver a well-focused punch to some resisting object. People...

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SELLING BEGINS AT BIRTH

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:23 PM

At the outset of our lives, we depend on our wails to get our Mom's attention. It's our earliest sales pitch: we cry to get a mother's breast, which quiets the stomach for a spell before we have to sell Mom again to get access to what we need and...

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Tell It to Grandma

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:40 PM

A long bunch of years ago a young, cocky, and recently rich entrepreneur had been flying so high he had begun to believe he was out of reach of ground fire. When he suddenly hit an air pocket of reality he quickly became very worried and confused and sought advice...

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Persistence Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 10:33 AM

There are a few aspects to human behavior that matter a lot in getting things done in life. Curiosity, imagination, flexibility and just plain grit are, of course, way up on any list of the most important of these traits.

One other characteristic is also very important, though it...

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Healthy, Wealthy, Wise

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:56 AM

As we begin seriously considering what the next decade holds for the U.S. health care system based on the elements of Obamacare, we must bear in mind that it is not simply how many people are covered and how many are not.

Crucial to the success or failure of...

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Speech & Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Freedom of expression, as required in the 1st Amendment, may be the most important and fundamental right in American democracy. But what does it really mean, and are there any limits to that freedom?

Money is surely one of the most common means of expression, as it is spent on...

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Is Perfection a Wise Goal?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:39 PM

When I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1956, I thought I was pretty hot stuff. I began at a great law firm, run by lawyers trained in the traditional way: namely, producing exceptional work under all circumstances.

Early on in my career there, a senior associate asked me to...

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Cross the Bridge When You Get There

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:35 PM

There are, of course, many types of humans. There are those who are always late, always early, placid, confused, or anxious. Perhaps the most troubled are those who worry endlessly about the bridges they may someday have to cross. To them, I can only offer the simplest advice: "Do not...

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The Obstacles to Income Equality

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 10:36 AM

President Obama has made a presidential initiative to tackle income inequality: clearly, he wants big results without Congressional involvement. But there are some fearsome obstacles that make this end-run initiative unwise and likely impossible.

Yes, the gap between the highest and lowest earners and lowest is chasmic. Yes, too many...

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How to Have an Impact in Today's World

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Everybody at some point in their lives has asked themselves how to make things happen. Those things may range from making the basketball squad, getting into college, getting the unemployment check, to getting nominated to run for a political job [including President]--that is: the full gamut of life.

There are...

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PAST IS PROLOGUE--WITHER RUSSIA?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Whoever would believe that New York's The Metropolitan Opera would break new ground with contemporary social commentary in presenting a new Opera?

It hardly can be an accident that the old, but now new again, opera PRINCE IGOR by Borodin first played in 1890 in St Petersburg would be...

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The Tyranny of Partisanship

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:29 PM

What a sad spectacle the country is witnessing out of Washington today. A small portion of Republicans is holding their party hostage to a very narrow and even mean spirited agenda. Now, the Democratic leadership in the Senate is striking out on its own in blocking important trade legislation proposed...

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NVR AGN

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Outside of an eye doctor's office what do those letters say, if anything worth remembering?

They sound like "never again".

But what is supposed to be never again?

The answer is a lot of things and as one thinks about it, there are long lists in life of things that...

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THE LAWS OF NUMBERS

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:51 PM

There are quite a few immutable laws of numbers that have a significant impact on human existence.

Some are good, for example, compound interest. Some are truly scary, for example, accelerating absolute unit growth of population even when y/y percentage growth shrinks or remains constant.

"Hold on" you...

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Beware What You Get for Free -- It Has Value!

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 10:24 AM

There is a strange phenomenon in our country that needs to be addressed as we reconsider our budget priorities and try to improve our overall social contract and keep peace among all our citizens.

Let's start with what we pay for. We actually pay for clothing, travel, food, shelter, parking...

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