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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #143

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…with Eastman’s talent for capturing the moment on nitrocellulose and Harv having the knack of being in the right place at the right time, this venture into an established literary format may well succeed…

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“Hurricanes and assassination and who knows what else have given you the most respected by-line I’ve seen in years. Your name has been mentioned in the same breath with Horace Greeley. Small town, my eye!

“And I don’t mean to change the subject, but have you found a hot-shot lawyer to draw up our partnership papers yet?”

“Oh yes, for the Pearson-Eastman Journal?” Judith rolls her eyes at the order of the surnames. He ignores her exaggerated pantomime, prefacing his real answer with, “Do you remember that young couple, the Ferrells?”

“Yes…?” She recalls them as handsome and young.

“Well I thought it would be good business to give the lad, James, his first taste in contract law.”

“Is he old enough to vote?” she wonders aloud.

“Well, just this year, but he must be the brightest student at Harvard Law School……..that is what his mother said.”

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“My dog, Frisky, is smart. But I don’t expect he’ll be running for Congress any time soon.” With that analogy, she summons the regular lighting in her Rochester, New York laboratory, which is just down the hall from her inventive brother George’s same.

Judith Eastman will be as formidable an associate as she is a companion. If he has any thought of pulling a fast one, perhaps assuming she does not care or notice this or that, he can take those unilateral notions and pitch them out with yesterday’s garbage.

  “I can see where you might be skeptical and I apologize for wanting to aid in the career of a hometown boy,” he invites sympathy for his cause, “but you see, he is interning at Beacon Hill Partners. The senior attorneys will be supervising the entire document.”

Daffy wallpaper “Thank you for clarifying those details for me. I am betting my long range security on this magazine, Harv…,” she feels fully exposed to the whims of fate, “not to mention giving myself to you… like some daffy girl in prep school.”

          “What’s wrong with that?” It sounds perfectly normal to him.

          “It’s just not like me! I am going to be forty years old in a couple of years and I’m holding hands and kissing, not to mention making my banker very nervous.”

          “Do you think I do this every day myself?  Noooooo. My assistant editor thinks I have lost my mind. They are sending my picture to post offices asking, “Have you seen this man, he’s gone daffy?”.”

“They aren’t, are they?”

“No, silly, but you can believe my banker is feeling the pinch. I may have withdrawn 25% of their assets – the Quincy National Bank is a fancy name for 200 life savings that probably averages less than a thousand dollars, which is if you don’t count Herb Love.”

The new magazine will have start-up costs of nearly a million dollars, but all indications are that with Eastman’s talent for capturing the moment on nitrocellulose and Harv having the knack of being in the right place at the right time, this venture into an established literary format may well succeed. They are gambling that pages, filled with equal portions of word and picture, will entice Americans to make the Pearson-Eastman Journal a monthly must read.


 

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…When two human beings hit it off, female/male in this case, the chemistry can be notable and not easily mistaken…

“You are burning daylight. Lake Killarney ain’t around the corner, Martha, closer to Georgia than Tallahassee.” There is genuine concern in John Ferrell’s voice. He loves his family, though the time he spends working helps makes up for a general shortfall of attention given to him.

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Perhaps the stabilizing factor in their relational equation is the former Martha Gaskell, eight years his senior. She had already graduated from Vassar College, the all-girl school in Poughkeepsie, when she met an 18 year old Scottish freshman from Columbia University. She is in the big city researching topics at its arts library. Young John has a part-time job as a research assistant. Martha thinks John does a wonderful job. She visits with him frequently, not coincidently, whenever their paths cross in a library that covers a New York City block.

When two human beings hit it off, female/male in this case, the chemistry can be notable and not easily mistaken. It must be the random nature of the phenomenon, circumstances apart from the machinations of mankind. Sometimes we are much better off leaving it in the hands of the Master. It is heavenly great, and what’s more, a part of a real plan; as plotted by God, who knew us even before we were born.

The attraction is deeply mutual, to the point that Martha is taken home to Florida for a visit. During Christmas break of 1879, she meets his family, who own a small general store in Tallahassee, saving every penny to give their son a chance at a better life, the American dream.

We now find Martha and John embracing, at Christmas in July, 1896, unaccustomed to being apart. They rarely spend a day apart; their four post brass bed with two permanent impressions in its feather mattress.

John Ferrell waves heartily at the cloud of dust speeding away at the machine driven pace of twelve miles per hour.

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #9

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…  Samuel Goldblatt III thought he might be able to sneak one past these Southern bumpkins …

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Campbell’s property on Tennessee Street is worth millions to you, yet you’ll get it for pennies on the dollar.”

“Speaking of percentages, you’ll be getting a good fee for your part, you know that,” chimes in George Lewis, the handler of the title arrangements.

“That is blood money to me, George and you best make sure that the Leon County Clerk will see you as the aggressor in this matter,” he implores.        blood money

“You will take the money I bet?”

No answer, is his answer.

“Let’s get past the pettiness and get right to the meat, men.” Samuel Goldblatt III does not linger on such trivial things as fragile human emotion. “Ten thousand dollars an acre is the agreed on price, am I correct?”

“It is ten thousand, only if I am the managing partner in the hotel,” Charles Wilson asserts. “Fifty thousand per if I’m not.” Ironically, the latter would obviously be best for the Campbells. But this is not about their welfare, rather the personal gain of the vultures.

“Why do we need you Wilson? We could have leveraged our way into your Plaza, you know.”

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“We will never know, Sam, will we? I am the sole owner of the Capitol Plaza and the only one who can pull off the land deal you need to erect your tower.” Stated like someone with clout of his own. “And I cannot stand competition, unless I have a stake in it as well.”

Holiday Inns knows full well that if they are going to make inroads into certain markets, regional lords, the holders of their dominion, will have to be players. The word “franchise” is a recent addition to popular vernacular and corporations have instituted these units to bring limited partners into the larger company umbrella. Charles Wilson is an example of a franchisee.

  Samuel Goldblatt the Third thought he might be able to sneak one past these Southern bumpkins; Fat chance.

“Sixty thousand for the lot, purchased by the Holiday Inn Corporation of America, with the Leon County Treasurer the payee, minus 5% real estate fees payable to McLoud Realty,” George Lewis enumerates. “Our attorneys will draw up the necessary papers, including the title search.”

Franklin McLoud stays seated, hands covering his face, disgusted with himself, as the others disburse, each his own way.  For $3000 dollars, he has seriously jeopardized the once proud Campbell Empire. It has been said, ‘every man has his price’, with some lower than others.

“I’ll see you at the funeral, Franklin. Try not to let this eat you alive. Leave that to the gators.” Lewis’ morose analogy disguises his true feelings. He is now the proud owner of two huge secrets – to deal with in the now and in those tenuous times to come.


 

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…I hope you know that this little deal of ours will blow a hole the size of the Everglades through our cover, Charles…

Laura Bell Campbell-McLoud’s husband, whose job it is to (feeble attempt) pay the property taxes on what was once 150 parcels of land owned by A.O. and Maggie, has been a knowing, if not a slightly reluctant party to the progressive dismantling of a once advancing empire. Without the doctor’s viable income stream, bits and pieces of property are liquidated, at his direction, with veiled trepidation. It is done in a way as not to draw attention, thereby preserving the Campbell good named reputation.

The reason McLoud joins banker Lewis in a fit of guilt, centers around the Tennessee Street land and its precious location. The rest of Campbell holdings are secondary tracts, save for Campbell subdivision and the adjacent lake bearing their name, on the southern boundary of the city. These downtown acres however, had been designated to house a grand hospital; Doc Campbell’s crowning achievement, replacing his black-only clinic two blocks north. Without divine intervention, a twelve story hotel will take its intended place.

I hope you know that this little deal of ours will blow a hole the size of the Everglades through our cover, Charles. How can I keep this a secret from Laura?” McLoud asks them in a shameful tone of voice.

 “If you are going to save Campbell Pond, hell, even the house and clinic for that matter; you really have no choice.”

“It’s supposed to be Campbell Lake!”

“Whatever?” states a cold Wilson. “If you remember correctly, I was the one who told you, as a friend I might add, to be more up front about the family’s sad state of affairs. But you were determined to protect the family pride. Pride ain’t worth a fiddly-dee to an old man who may die before he gets out of Starke.”

“Pride is not just about land, Wilson, although come to think of it, I believe it was your proud jealousy and lame vendetta that landed my father-in-law in the pickle he’s in now.”

“Are you tryin’ to slander my name, McLoud? He crippled my sister you know.”

“Not exactly… and Esther was tottery before she took ill.” Franklin chooses his words carefully. He is younger and less cagey than his accuser. “I mean to say, that true and pure pride is about history; what people will look back on, with a dash of entitlement thrown in. If you take away a man’s life, if he believes on the Lord, he has an eternity in Heaven to look forward to…

“…You take away a man’s possessions and you steal away his earthly identification. In the case of Tennessee Street, stealing is the right word. It’s worth millions to you, yet you’ll get for pennies on the dollar.”


 

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Main Characters:

DOCTOR ALPHA OMEGA CAMPBELL

MAGGIE LOU CAMPBELL

ALPHA CAMPBELL (Mizzel) – #1 Campbell daughter

LAURA BELL CAMPBELL (McLoud) – #2 Campbell daughter

ZILLAH CAMPBELL (Shirley) – #3 Campbell daughter

FRANKLIN MCLOUD (LAURA BELL)

R. WORTH MOORE – A.O. Campbell attorney

GEORGE LEWIS – Lewis State Bank

AUDREY FRANICH – Girl who died causing A.O. downfall

MRS. ADDIE GRAY – Mother of Audrey Franich

JOHN FERRELL – Patriarch Ferrell’s Grocery

MARTHA FERRELL – Wife & Mother

AGNES (NESSIE) FERRELL – Daughter

JAMES FERRELL – Son

JOSEPH – Ferrell house servant

PRINCESS OLLA (LAURA BELL) – Upstairs maid for Ferrell household, et al

JEFFERSON SMYTHWICK – Landlord of Fort Sumter South plantation

ABIGAIL SMYTHWICK – Daughter & girlfriend to James Ferrell

WILLY CAMPBELL – Patriarch

AMANDA CAMPBELL – Matriarch

THE CAMPBELL CHILDREN

  • Hosea – oldest
  • Alfrey (A.O.)
  • Agnes
  • Emily – deceased 1893 est.
  • Francis

HERBERT LOVE – Operator Love Dairies

PHOEBE LOVE – Wife & philanthropist

JACOB HALEY –  School Teacher + President Gadsden County Anti-slavery Society

JACQUES FRANCOIS – Apothecary + member GCASS

THE FABULOUS FLYING BLEAKER BROTHERS – All the way from Czechoslovakia

DOC “ZIGGY” SIEGFRIED ENDLICHOFFER – San Luis Lake neighbor to Ferrells

FRIEDA ENDLICHOFFER – Ziggy’s wife

HARV PEARSON – Publisher The Quincy Reporter

JUDITH EASTMAN – Photography pioneers with the Eastman Kodak Company

CLETE WILSUP – Love Dairies truck drive, brother of FRANK – the Love dairy pasteurizer

HANK BLOUNT – Lord of his company town, Father of Charlie

CYRIL ODZ (ODEZICINSKI) – Gadsden County Sheriff

SIR JAMES MATTHEW BARRIE – Scottish playwright

MARY PICKFORD – Actress

CAMILLE DIAZ – Meets A.O. in Atlantic City

SARA FENWICK (FANNY RENWICK)– Proprietor Fenwick Fabriques – witness to mugging

CAROLYN HANES (CONSTANCE CARAWAY)– Writer & “friend” of Sara Fenwick

CHARLES WILSON –  Friends Killed Princess Olla/Laura Bell

CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD – Pan American Pacific Clipper

R WORTH MOORE – SINCLAIR CLAVITT  – A.O.’s new attorneys

AUDRIE FRANICH – A.O. delivers her stillborn baby

MARY GRAY – Audrie’s mother

JOE SLATER – Detective who helps Carolyn Hanes with sting on Leon County Sheriff

WINTHROP JOYCE – Leon County Sheriff

WILBERT HOPKINS – Florida State’s Attorney

HARRY MORRISON – Assistant State’s Attorney

Supporting Characters:

Frank Lightfoot – Starke Prison Guard

Warden Hayes – Starke Prison Warden

Charles Wilson – Capital Plaza Hotel

Samuel Goldblatt III – Holiday Inn Hotel Founder 

Vaughn Mizzel (Alpha husband)

Bill Shirley (Zillah husband)

Lettie Golden – Maggie Lou’s mother, escaped from Sumter w/Campbells

Reverend Bill Johnson – Pastor Faith Resurrection Baptist Church

Edwina Stephens – Family friend

J. Kenty Johnson – Professional colleague of A.O.

Henry Palmer – A.O. advocate (Southeastern Medical Society)

Jim Stack – States Attorney Florida

W.D.(Wilbert) Hopkins – Governor of Florida (States Attorney during Campbell Trial)

Pigface – Plantation Overseer

Lieutenant Commander Maynard Gaskel – Martha (Gaskel) Ferrell’s brother

Reverend Watkins – Officiant at James & Abigail’s wedding

Edna Finkle – Elderly wedding guest

Calvin Falstaff – Weather Bureau Chief

Fulton Allanson III & IV – Editors of the Tallahassee Democrat

Capt. Phileas Longfellow – From the River Queen riverboat

Catfish Al – Albert Wright, cousin of Orville & Wilbur

President William McKinley

Ellsworth Milton Statler – Hotelier

George Eastman – Eastman Kodak, brother of Judith

President Theodore Roosevelt

Ezra Elijah – Traveling Evangelist

Hannah Fielding – Charlie Blount’s girlfriend

Calhoun County Sheriff – Unnamed

Sheriff Hansen – Liberty County sheriff

Charles Bonaparte – Attorney General under T. Roosevelt

President Howard TafT

General Henri Philippe Petain – Battle of Verdun

Colonel Billy Mitchell – WWI flying ace

Rear Admiral William S. Sims – USS Chesapeake Bay

Emmeline Pankhurst– Suffragette

Alice Paul – Suffragist

Sam Shuster – Tallahassee Chief of Police

Juan “Terry” Trippe – CEO Pan American Airways

1st Officer Rod Brown – Pacific Clipper

Barney Sawicki – Crew member falls for Sara Fenwick

Sergeant Vincent Smith – Holloman AFB

Stanley Rogers – Editor @ Harper Books

Ben Wright – Jane Friez – doctors treating Sara Fenwick

Missy Hart – Missy Sanders – A.O.’s abortion patients

Jordan Essington  – Attorney for Missy Sanders

 

Places & Things:

TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA (LEON COUNTY)

STARKE PRISON

LEWIS STATE BANK

HOLIDAY INN

FRENCHTOWN

SAN LUIS LAKE

GADSDEN COUNTY FLORIDA

FORT SUMTER SOUTH PLANTATION

MIDWAY, FLORIDA

QUINCY, FLORIDA

LOVE DAIRIES

GADSDEN COUNTY ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY (GCASS)

FERRELL HILLSIDE ESTATE

PENSACOLA & EAST R.R.

THE SINKING OF BATTLESHIP MAINE IN HAVANA CUBA 1898

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

THE GALVESTON HURRICANE 1900

THE U.S. WEATHER BUREAU

THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA (RIVER QUEEN)

PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION 

BUFFALO/NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK STATE

THE QUINCY REPORTER

ROCHESTER NEW YORK

SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE 1906

BLOUNTSTOWN FLORIDA

THE FBI ESTABLISHED

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ATLANTIC CITY N.J.

FENWICK’S FABRIQUES

PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS PACIFIC CLIPPER

WORLD WAR II

TRINCOMALEE CEYLON

ROSWELL NEW MEXICO

WALTER REED ARMY HOSPITAL

 

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode # 7

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… The 4 conspirators are meeting in a room , one constructed forty feet below the basement, a paranoid reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki…

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Back to the west of Starke Prison and a little to the north, perhaps 140 miles as the flamingo flies, there is the beginning of a covert transaction under way. The underlying focus of this meeting is a juicy plot of Tallahassee, on the south side of Tennessee Street. A mere five blocks south of the Oakland Cemetery, where Maggie Lou Campbell will be buried, are the six acres of land most coveted by those expanding the capitol city.

As it happens, thousands of government people, legislators and the like, rotate their stays here in Tallahassee and in their home districts. In addition to that, the two universities attract transient visitors as well, many of whom are moneyed, needing to tarry the next day and beyond.

Not all too surprisingly, one of the four men at this meeting, in the bowels of the Capitol Plaza Hotel (the sole world class facility in town) is the owner, Charles Wilson. Yes, there are quite a few “motels” scattered about, typically family operations; one floor, no frills, no food. Are mom & pop ten roomers considered competition to the Plaza? The answer is no, because if they were, Charles Wilson would have his fingers in that pie. ShrewD with a “capital” D, while possessing the clout of an entrenched incumbent politician, Wilson will be a part of any hotel doings, you can be sure.

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In the room as well, one constructed forty feet below the basement, a paranoid reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is Samuel Goldblatt III. He represents the exploding Holiday Inn chain of hotels and motels, lodging for the masses that targets large cities and sites along newly organizing interstate highway systems connecting those cities. He is fashioned after the new breed of American businessman; a child of the Great Depression, determined never again to be poor, sometimes at any cost.

No mega-deal would get off the ground without financing. George Lewis, he of Lewis State Bank, fund-raiser for Wilson and mortgage maker for Franklin McLoud, completes the quadrangle. He seems to be the uneasy-est member of the group, perhaps because of a rumored, but unsubstantiated connection to the Campbell family.

   Neither he nor McLoud should be comfortable in this bunker, taking into account the nature of their business, not to mention the fact that they are expected to be numbered at Maggie Lou’s funeral.


 

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