Uh oh, Walt’s sicced the dogs on me!

Received the following email from some Fairfield Greenwich Group PR guy. I’ll call him after lunch and report back but it sounds like fun. Oe question: where is FGG getting the money to pay a PR firm?

I just left you voicemail. I’m a media adviser to Fairfield Greenwich, and some comments that were posted to an item on your blog have raised concern. I hope there’s an easy way to resolve it. Please give me a call at [                               ] , when you have a moment.
Seth Faison

UPDATE: I spoke with Mr. Faison, who turned out to be very polite and had a simple request: someone commenting on an unrelated blog posting here several  months ago had put up the name, address and telephone number of a person vaguely related to FGG and would I consider taking it down off the Internet? Of course I would do that and have done so. I try to weed out that stuff before it gets posted because it can lead to real abuse of people, but this one slipped by. So now it’s gone, end of matter. How dull.

I did express my surprise to Mr. Faison that FGG was still around to pay a PR firm and he told me that “there are a lot of law suits out there”  who knew? And Faison’s firm is working on putting out fires. Interesting.



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42 responses to “Uh oh, Walt’s sicced the dogs on me!

  1. ogrcc

    Nice job, Congrats!!

  2. Inagua

    Comments have raised concern? Please ask for specifics. I wonder if it has to do with the fillies or Walt’s unrepetent greed? Please give us all the details. And please ask if there is any truth to the report in today’s NY Post about an Andres deal with the Madoff Trustee about the new boat.

  3. Anonymous

    this is going to be good, i can just tell.
    surely a vignette which will make the book.

  4. Jane

    Start googling Seth.

  5. Jane

    If it is the same Seth Faison, he is quite accomplished. I guess the “crisis management” part of his portfolio is the one he is using currently.

  6. Way to go, Chris!

    What does “some comments that were posted to an item on your blog” mean? That you are responsible for the comments that the great unwashed public might care to leave? Ooh, this sounds like lots of fun!

  7. WaitingToBuy

    Given his summary in linkedin on “advising clients in high pressure situations how to communicate” he should have a long-term client at FGG – http://www.linkedin.com/in/sethfaison

  8. Walt

    Dude –
    Google him. Pretty interesting guy. He is a “crisis management consultant”. What do they do? Anyway I keep telling you – FGG is fine. Maybe Tucker hired him. Dunno.
    Your Pal,

  9. xyzzy

    watchout Seth’s been to China!


    “SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS offers a revealing portrait of China by telling the story of an American man who ventures into its hidden realms – politics, sex, the criminal underworld, and Tibet.”

  10. Maybe Seth was an investor and is doing the PR work pro bono in hopes of keeping FGG alive to make restitution. At least he didn’t start threatening legal action.

  11. Anonymousse

    Faison works for Sitrick, a PR firm that specializes in reputation management. From Sitrick’s website: “Sitrick And Company is probably best known for its work in crises or sensitive situations, such as those involving litigation, criminal or government investigations, environmental disasters, consumer complaints, financial restatements, and the resignations of auditors, CFOs, or CEOs”

    I’d say this is Walt’s last ditch effort before the axe falls. C’mon Chris, make us proud.

  12. Tilly

    I would think FFG had bigger problems than this blog and for that matter Mr. PR must be a busy man, he is probably on the phone with Huffington, Page 6, Vanity Fair, Avenue, Real Estate Stalker and at least a dozen other blogs who report on Walter and the girls at least once a week…lol

    Poor bastard, no rest for the whicked!

  13. shelton04

    Chris, I just wanted to thank you for recommending Mountain Works. Ferdinand just finished a job for me at my house installing new doors and updating our electrical. His work (as you already know) is simply the best – outstanding craftsmanship, fair prices and a pleasure to deal with. I can’t wait to use him again for our next home improvement project.

  14. Stanwich

    Well done CF!! I guess this is a nice little birthday surprise! This really out shines your work with BJ O’Dork and the Bravermans.

    Note that the guy works for Sitrick and Co, who list FFG as their client.

  15. pulled up in OG

    Walt just looking for a little recognition and some modest royalty’s for his role in FWIW’s success.

    Call it the Procol Harem effect.


  16. pulled up in OG

    Make that Procol Harum.

  17. cal

    I wonder if this guy’s firm might offer a job to useless Scusie.

    In the meantime, here’s some info on Mr. Seth from LinkedIn:

    Seth Faison’s Summary
    Advising clients in high-pressure situations how to communicate.

    Seth Faison’s Specialties:
    Sneaking wit and conciseness into a communications strategy.


    Seth Faison’s Experience
    Deputy Director, New York Office
    Sitrick And Company
    (Public Relations and Communications industry)

    September 2007 — Present (1 year 11 months)

    Crisis Management Consulting

    Sitrick And Company
    (Privately Held; Public Relations and Communications industry)

    June 2006 — September 2007 (1 year 4 months)

    Crisis Management Consulting

    Shanghai Bureau Chief
    The New York Times
    (Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; nyt; Newspapers industry)

    January 1995 — January 2000 (5 years 1 month)

    The New York Times
    (Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; NYT; Newspapers industry)

    August 1991 — January 1995 (3 years 6 months)

    Beijing Correspondent
    South China Morning Post
    (Public Company; 201-500 employees; Newspapers industry)

    January 1988 — March 1991 (3 years 3 months)


    Seth Faison’s Education
    Wesleyan University
    1977 — 1981

  18. Anonymous

    sounds like he went to china, scored some dope and other naughty things, got laid, then wrote a book.

    he worked at NYT for 10 years, so he has to be good at selecting and fitting facts to a specific narrative…

  19. Walt

    And Dude –
    Just tell him only about 3 people read this blog, so he shouldn’t worry about it. Just a thought. And tell Seth his time would be better spent keeping Andres and that friggin bout OUT of the news, for Pete’s Sake!!
    Your Pal,

  20. Seth

    I am taking on the enemy and you are in my cross hairs. Watch your back. Your newspaper man turned PR guru. Seth

  21. Sarah

    The suspense is killing me!! Who’ve you offended now, Dadio?

    • christopherfountain

      Just posted an update sweetie – you can probably stay in school, at least for one more semester!

  22. Blind Brook

    Hey Chris: they showed their hand that they are reading you. Congrats. If they are reading you so are the good guys. Not good for Wally, Monica, Andres or the half breed debutants.

  23. Reputation Mgmt.

    I think Seth’s biggest challenge will be convincing the Queen Mare and her Fabulous Fillies that the party is over — really over.

    Their reputations are toast and no amount of PR will turn that around — at least in this lifetime.

    You got your work cut out for you, Seth old boy!

  24. Walt

    Dude –
    You consider this update “news”? Who are you, Jimmy Olsen? Are you friggin kidding me? And why the frig are you surprised FGG is still around? I keep telling you all is well at FGG. You just won’t listen. You load.
    Anyway, did you tell him to put the kebosh on Andres and that friggin boat getting all this high profile press coverage? That is what this high priced mouth piece should be doing at $650 an hour. Not wasting money on calling a no talent blogger (that would be you, Dude) and POLITELY asking asking him to review a past blog that is older than my first dump. Give me a break for Pete’s Sake. For that price, he could of at least verbally beat the snot out of you. No one makes an effort these days. Shocking.
    Pettifoggery, I say!!!
    Your Pal,

  25. Anonymous

    All of that, plus Seth’s kinda cute too, don’t cha think?

  26. Jane

    Really? That is so dull! Thought for sure that we as loyal followers had broken some lame law!

    • christopherfountain

      Well jane, we haven’t heard from BJ O’Rourke, terror of the New Canaan bar in awhile, so perhaps he’s up in Nantucket, dreaming up excitement to rain down on our heads when he returns. We can only hope.

  27. Boat floats a fat goat with it's coat
  28. Reputation Mgmt.


    Seth’s speciality is “sneaking wit and conciseness into a communications strategy” — you’re getting hosed buddy.

    Save yourself the $650 + an hour. Here’s some pro-bono PR advice: teach your wife and fabulous daughters to clip coupons! And tell Andres to dock the yacht immediately.

  29. Lorin

    Well, I was kinda hoping to sit back and watch the fireworks from a safe distance, but it all seems to have resolved so simply… yawn…..

    off to something or other…. : )

  30. Murphy?

    Wasn’t that Charles Murphy from CS you are talking about? You wimp, you listen to Mr. Faison? Free speech rules.

    • christopherfountain

      In fact it wasn’t about Murphy and it was just a personal phone number for someone which I really didn’t want up on the internet anyway – yes, someone can always look it up, but a number on a web page invites trouble – heck, I wouldn’t do that to Jim Himes!

  31. Anonymous

    Really fun post this morning (before update).

    Seth clearly knew that once his name was on YOUR blog, he would be world renowned. Famous at last. Not ready for retirement, the sky’s now the limit, for him.
    How many internet hits did his name get yesterday, Google?
    Chris, You played right into his hands. D’oh!

  32. Douglass Number

    Friends of Noel rebel for being in spotlight. Robt Douglass will be scrutized soon too. They are Bourke friends too. Great crowd.

  33. Blind Brook

    I seem to recall you published Monica’s cell phone number and voice message back in the day. Anyone who is in the Blue Book of the Hamptons (where the Noels reduced their half page listing to a more acceptable post Vicky Ward short listing this season) or in the Social Register (they aren’t but they showered invites on those that are) can get it in a heart beat. Hope she has a mobile that works internationally. Anyway, if you want Andres’ cell phone, check last year’s Blue Book shameless Noel self promotion. Probably good evidence of shilling at the beach

  34. Blind Brook

    In case you care Andres’ number is +34 91 376 8782 in Madrid according to last year’s Noel listing.

    • christopherfountain

      I doubt that’s a working number anymore, but if anyone has the direct dial for Andres’ yacht, do tell.

  35. Walt

    Dude –
    The direct dial to Andres on the boat is
    When you get him, ask him to tell you the one about the Arab and the Jew. It’s funny as hell!!!
    Hope this helps.
    OFF TO LUNCH!!!!
    Your Pal,

  36. 41 Comments

    Ouch, somebody doesn’t like the Noel’s. They said they are victims so BELIEVE THEM. They work very hard to get where they are today. You are just jealous. Pick on somebody else, meatheads. Successful and bright family. Can’t take that away from them. You’ll see, they will beat the critics and make you all look like fools.

  37. What was that?

    41: Karma is a bitch. I bet they did work very hard to get where they are today.