A message for Monica

The Times reports that Ruth Madoff is a pariah in New York society now.

Ever since prosecutors accused Mr. Madoff, 71, in December of orchestrating a scheme that fleeced thousands of investors and foundations — including beloved charities, universities and the Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel— Mrs. Madoff has been taking it on the chin. The reaction has been so negative compared with other wives in the same position partly, it seems, because her husband’s crimes grievously harmed individuals rather than a bank or faceless institution.

Her unusual closeness to her husband, too, in a world where wives are often on the sidelines is among the things working against her. Mrs. Madoff had been a director at her husband’s firm and had stood inseparably beside him through 49 years of marriage.

Then there is the lack of public contrition by Mrs. Madoff, and her move days before the scandal to shift $15.5 million out of an investment account and to transfer watches, cuff links and other jewelry to her children. One day after she left the Manhattan jail where her husband has been held, an ABC camera crew asked her what her message was to the victims. She said, “I have no response to you.”

Monica, clearly, you don’t want to be a Ruthie Ruth. Or the cheese that stands alone. When Walt gets put up in the Mews, expand your life – volunteer for something “Friends of Greenwich Point” has probably never heard of the Fairfield Greenwich Group, for instance. Those charities that have a “pay to play” policy, like the Boys and Girls Club or Bruce Museum won’t want you, but perhaps the Riverside Association can put you to work licking stamps. Don’t commit now, just think about it. After Walt’s tucked away in his Depends and bib will be time enough.


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6 responses to “A message for Monica

  1. Walt

    Chris, Chris, Chris:
    You sadden me so. Old Uncle Walt is not going anywhere.
    And Monica can sell her childrens clothes line. She has no real talent so if that does not work out, I figure she can always
    Sell real estate. Fountain, Futter, and Longface?
    Catchy, no?
    Your Pal,

    • christopherfountain

      I like it, Walt, and of course Monica can join us! Completely devoid of talent and intelligence? She’ll fit right in here, and, just as important in the cozy world of Greenwich real estate, she won’t show up her peers – they get so upset when that happens.

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    You are pissing me off. No, not the Monica cracks. I can deal with that. I have the big boy pants on. It’s about the Desperate Greenwich Housewives concept. THIS!!!http://www.nypost.com/seven/06132009/gossip/pagesix/new_take_on_seymour_shove_173983.htm
    We need this little hottie on the team, and we have a sure fire winner. So get me her contact data, will ya?
    I know you are counting on the table engineering gig at BJ’s, but it doesn’t hurt to hedge your bets. Not doing so is like putting all of your funds money with one guy. C’mon. No one is that stupid. Not even you.
    So quit playing Monopoly with Frankie Futter and make some calls, you lazy bastard.
    Your Pal,

  3. Ruth is pretty mean. Her only sibling, Joan Alpern Roman, filed an $11.4 million claim on Friday to prove she was a victim. too.

  4. Blind Brook

    I bet Monica could be a big hit in Argentina society. Peru? New Zealand has a lovely climate. Of course there is always Elba.

  5. towny

    I dont know, but I heard Greenwich Board of Ed was courting her for the school superintendant job.