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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

A Second Take on Trump

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 4:38 PM

I stand on all I said in my August 12th post about "The Donald" (namely, that he's a blowhard who is running for President only to boost the Trump brand and, hence, his own income). Nevertheless, a new doubt has recently crept into my thinking -- not about Trump, but...

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Horizons of Opportunity for Young People

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 12:09 PM

There are many good reasons why some fortunate people elect to spend time in second homes where their lives are quite different from their full time homes and places of work: slower pace; more homespun folks; a peek at the past or maybe the future; how other folks see their...

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How to Out-Trump Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:39 PM

Donald Trump has been an exhibitionist since he was a spoiled, undistinguished kid.

At some point in his youth he must have discovered that if he made a big enough fuss, it did not make any difference what the fuss was about, he'd get attention no matter what.

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Aye or Nay: The Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Sage members of Congress say the bedrock of a solid but tough voting decision is to dig into the facts carefully, consult widely, and flip a coin.

If flipping a coin really helped, the current debate over the Iran nuclear deal would be much easier, because we could stop...

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The 2016 Election and the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 4:47 PM

The next Presidential election is shaping up to be a race between Hillary Clinton and whoever of the 15 or so current candidates wins the Republican nomination.

Or, to put it differently, IF Clinton wins the election (which is definitely not a given), the future makeup of the Supreme Court...

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A Space Accordian Makes Infinity

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Beware what follows! I have no more right to be thinking, much less writing, these words than the last drunk picked up in Times Square last night. But, I am, possibly, different from that guy because I read the Science Times in the New York Times on June 9th. I...

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:47 PM

It is said in academe that the intensity of political infighting varies inversely with the unimportance of the issues involved.

Something similar happens in small towns where the larger political issues are often pretty well handled by Town meetings and Selectpersons, but the smaller issues like property line disputes...

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Shucks (or S**t): It Can't be Helped!

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:31 PM

In the 1980s, I was commuting to Japan on various matters of business.

In between appointments, friends and clients took me to many sights, galleries, parks and stores.

One of those galleries had a superb pair of screens with eight scenes of Japanese daily life in the late 1700s. For...

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Money Is the Root of Most Evil

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Money is the root of most evil and the source of a lot of pleasure often to the wrong people.

This message is likely to lose me a lot of friends, but it needs to be said.

What I say is not new at all, but it is in a...

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Touch Wood

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:46 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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NYC Pedestrian Traffic

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:52 AM

This is a plea for a return to sanity in New York City traffic matters.

The newest traffic idea in NYC, called Vision Zero, requires ALL vehicles seeking to turn into a side street to be responsible to avoid hitting ALL pedestrians under all circumstances until pedestrians have finished crossing...

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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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