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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

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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What Bugs You About Your Money?

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:57 AM

If you are one of the many millions of people who have enough wealth outside of your home to worry about how to invest it, your foremost questions are probably what you should be worrying about most and what should you do about it.

Whether you are 30 years...

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'THE HONORABLE .........'

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:13 PM

A bunch of years ago I visited a small island in Maine with only one house that was built in the early 1800s by a farmer named John Ledbetter, hence it became Ledbetter Island.

A family, I will call Black, had owned the island since the early 20th Century. Next...

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UNDER PROMISE, OVER PERFORM

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:55 AM

The title to this piece is perhaps one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom that can be imparted to young people as they begin to make their way through the complicated modern world.

More often than one might expect, though, young people resist understanding either the meaning or...

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Always be Sincere -- Whether You Mean It or Not!

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:37 PM

I have an old friend who has used that expression for years. I have long puzzled what it really means. I think I have it finally figured out and I thought you might like to know and share the secret, provided you keep it confidential!

You may not have noticed...

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Which Route to Defuse Iranian Nuclear Bombs?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:00 AM

There are two routes on the table for dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The American route is the recent Geneva agreement to start a diplomatic process aimed at getting Iran to give up voluntarily all means of obtaining military-grade nuclear material. That process is to begin with a small...

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Thanks for What?

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:40 PM

I heard an old and good friend and contemporary make the following toast at Thanksgiving.

I give thanks on this Holiday for many things BUT not our friends in DC.

I do not thank for the NOTHING that preceded the big bang, because without that the universe probably would not...

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IS THIS A REVOLUTION?

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 9:30 AM

What is a revolution?

Typically in the last 100 years or so, a revolution would occur when the power governing a nation state became so blind and the powerless underclasses became so frustrated that street demonstrations erupted, which in turn led to the middle class becoming involved because of...

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EVOLUTION IS CHANGING

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Yes, it is changing for good and obvious reasons. No, it is not changing, but it is occurring quite differently.

How do we know?

We are living through epidemics of bionic part replacements of the human skeleton. The reason for that in large part must be because a lot...

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THE MEANING OF TIME

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:40 PM

We all have some sense of time, whether the agonies of waiting or amazingly fast moments of excitement. But, most of us rarely reflect much on where those senses and sensibilities come from.

Humans began measuring time so long ago that there is no clear beginning to when and how...

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WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF WISDOM?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 3:55 PM

There are not many people who have a lot of experience AND the fairly rare human capability to crystallize that experience into practical ideas which anybody can put to use.

Two of the most interesting major corporate executives of the second half of the 20th Century were Ralph Cordiner,...

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TURN THE PAGE AND BELIEVE?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Have you ever read something in a newspaper or magazine about something which you happened to have firsthand knowledge of and realized that what was reported ranged from distorted to just plain wrong?

Then, have you shrugged with annoyance and simply turned the page and resumed reading about unfamiliar...

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