Independent Investigative Journalism and Commentary from New Orleans, LA
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Can you handle Rachmaninoff?
Cause this is about to get very, very complicated, but if you hang with me for the next few weeks....ok maybe a month....there will be a big payoff in the end, I promise. If I time it just right, it may be an opus.
For now...check out this dusty, old tune a reader just dug up:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Movements in 501c3": Really, AZ, honestly, I have no idea how you keep up with this stuff. Here's a tidbit. Unbelievable how the Magic 8-ball always brings back the same names: 9/17/06 TP: "Imagine began landing an abundance of city work not long after Nagin took office, created the technology officer position and hired Meffert to fill it. Meffert soon brought in Imagine to help him overhaul the city's antiquated computer systems. In an interview last summer, he freely acknowledged knowing the company's principals well, but he said that shouldn't count against them. He hired them because he was familiar with their ability, Meffert said. And while competitors have grumbled about the quantity of work Imagine has received, the quality of the work has generally not been faulted. Under Imagine's leadership, the city's Web site has become a useful tool for accessing city services. Imagine also helped create and manage the network of "crime cameras" that keep vigil over trouble spots and, in at least a couple of instances, help solve crimes. The company was featured in a glowing article in a technology magazine describing its efforts to rebuild the city's shattered communications networks after Hurricane Katrina. While the city has contracted with a variety of prime vendors for technology services since 2002, Imagine has remained a constant, holding large subcontracts under SEA Information Services, ********* which became ***Apogen***; Affiliated Computer Services, better known as ACS; and more recently Ciber." Ok, now from the 7/24/05 TP: "The New Orleans Computer Access Program in eastern New Orleans will be the beneficiary of a charity golf tournament Sept. 12 sponsored by Apogen Technologies. The tournament at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner will begin with a continental breakfast of coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m., followed by driving range practice at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Tournament Chairwoman Liz Newell is excited about the event and the money that will be raised. "This is our third year holding the tournament as a charity function and the second straight that we have chosen NOCAP as our recipient organization. When you think about it, it's actually a great fit because we are an IT (informational technology) company and they work with the public schools, students and parents in learning about computers. It's the perfect match." NOCAP, at 5437 Crowder Blvd., works to "ensure that all Orleans Parish public school students and parents have access to computer technology in their homes." Through the use of donated money and materials, it is able to offer free personal computers to qualifying first-grade students enrolled in one of the program's four target elementary schools: Joseph A. Craig, John Dibert, Ernest Morial and William Frantz. Newell is seeking sponsors and players for the tournament. "Our goal is to fill every player's spot in the tournament. That would be fantastic and raise a lot of money for a great cause," she said. As many as 36 teams (four players each team), or 144 total players can take part in the tournament. There are four sponsorship levels, Silver Tee ($350), Cart ($500), Gold ($600) and Platinum ($1,000), which provide sponsors with several benefits, including company names listed on the sponsor board, company logos on banners, hole sponsorship and registration for varying numbers of players. There is a printing deadline of Aug. 15, after which time sponsors may not be included on recognition boards and banners." Apogen (Meffert/Imagine) and NOCAP. Look at the prices of those sponsorships. Wonder who participated. Hey, SOP, Chateau CC - why shoot (shot of Rebel Yell) - ain't that Broussard's backyard?