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Social Security Document Submission: June 1993

Page 34 of Social Security Document Submission [sent by U.S. mail to sister]

Dear Stell,

I had a seizure of paranoia on Tuesday July 28, 1992. When I was at the Club, I imagined that the following words were stated by Club employees in a markedly audible tone of voice; the remainder of the conversations were inaudible. In my paranoid state I had imagined that something happened on Tuesday July 28, 1992.

Too much
It’s almost August; he’ll be gone in a month

On Wednesday July 29, 1992, while at the Club it was extremely quiet. My paranoia had gone into remission.

Page 35 of Social Security Document Submission

Transmittal for Mrs. Estelle Jacobson c/o Mr. Edward Jacobson

Dear Stell,

An FBI agent would probably be able to spot me a mile away.


Page 36 of Social Security Document Submission [sent by U.S. mail to sister]

Dear Stell,

I want to make a fashion statement:

In December 1986, during the week of about December 15, 1986, while I was working at Hogan & Hartson, Sheryl Ferguson asked me to work on a special project. She wanted me to help compile a list of exhibits for a matter that was coming up for trial in the spring. One week in late December 1986 I worked 83 hours on the project, and earned $812.00. I bragged to my co-workers that I had earned $1,000. My co-workers earned $6.50/hour, for a weekly total of $243.75 (based on a 37.5 hour week).

And that’s my fashion statement.


[handwritten note:] 6/16/92

Page 37 of Social Security Document Submission [sent by U.S. mail to sister]

Dear Stell,

I’m wondering whether a psychiatrist would see an underlying consistency in these behaviors, and what these behaviors suggest about this Akin Gump employee’s psychological relation to me.

1. In about June 1989 I visited with the Jacobson’s to attend Meredith’s graduation from Westfield Friends. My first day back at the office the employee gazed at my General Bonaparte, something she rarely did.

2. On about Friday April 28, 1989 I had lunch with Craig. Craig asked me if there was a girl at Akin Gump who I could ask out. I said there was someone, without mentioning any names.

Later that afternoon this employee stopped up to the sixth floor and as she walked past my desk just said, “humph!” (Note that Stacey Schaar used to say I was in love with Gwen Lesh.) If the unnamed female employee was reacting to what I had said to Craig earlier at lunch--why?

3. On the morning of about January 17, 1990 I made an appointment to see Dr. Palombo; that was the first time I had spoken with Dr. Palombo.

Later that day I was riding alone on an elevator. The elevator stopped to pick up another person. The unnamed employee saw me. As she got on the elevator, she looked at me and started to sniff in a histrionic manner, as though she smelled something really offensive.


[Something I found suspicious about Akin Gump was that employees seemed routinely to react to things about which they should have had no knowledge.]

Page 38 of Social Security Document Submission [sent by U.S. mail to sister]

Dear Stell,

This is what I mean by cues--verbal and otherwise.

On a Friday afternoon in May 1990, a consultant at Akin Gump, John Brooks, stopped up to the 9th floor office where I was working and was talking to somebody. He said the following phrase in a markedly audible and enthusiastic way: “You could use that as a writing sample.” John Brooks was accepted to Harvard Medical School. [John Brooks would have graduated Harvard Medical School in the spring of 1994.]

Also, that afternoon I saw Charles Warren and Pat Casey waiting for an elevator just off the lobby area on the 9th floor. Charles Warren looked at me blankly and Pat Casey smiled at me. Their expressions seemed to communicate something. [Charles Warren and Pat Casey, both attorneys at Akin Gump, were husband and wife.]

The following facts might have (and I emphasize “might have”) been related to the above cues. That Friday in May Dr. Palombo had canceled his appointment with me to attend the APA meeting in New York. Dr. Rothenberg was a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

I would need more cues to draw any firm inferences, but I felt at that time that the cues I did perceive were leading in a certain direction.

[Albert M. Rothenberg, MD had referred me to Dr. Palombo in a letter dated November 1989. I had sent Dr. Rothenberg a copy of my autobiographical sketch, "The Caliban Complex: An Attempt at Self-Analysis." I don't know whether Dr. Rothenberg and Dr. Palombo spoke to each other at the APA meeting in New York City, but that's what I surmised.]


Page 39 of Social Security Document Submission

Transmittal for Mrs. Estelle Jacobson c/o Mr. Edward Jacobson

Dear Stell,

Here’s a psychologically telling anecdote that may shed light on one person’s reaction to me and, by implication, shed light on like peoples’ reaction to me.

During the summer of 1989 I worked with two legal assistants, Stacey Schaar and Gwen Lesh. At one point the two of them had a personal feud. Gwen Lesh had just been admitted to practice law in Maryland. Stacey Schaar called the Maryland attorney disciplinary board to find out how she could provide information about an attorney’s character, information that concerned an attorney’s fitness to practice law.

Paradoxically months earlier, Stacey Schaar had given what seemed to be a relatively expensive nameplate to Gwen Lesh that read, “GWEN LESH, ESQ.”

[I thought that Stacey Schaar had traits of a Borderline Personality Disorder. Also, we see here evidence of Stacey Schaar’s propensity for defamation.]


Page 40 of Social Security Document Submission

Transmittal for Mrs. Estelle Jacobson c/o Mr. Edward Jacobson

Dear Stell,

She wasn’t just stating a point of view. If she had a good faith belief that I was “difficult to work with” why did she, in the summer of 1990, when I wasn’t even her employee anymore, go out of her way (when my supervisor was on vacation) to offer me an assignment. Her action states clearly that she thought I was easy to work with, that she could call on me for an assignment, and that I would complete it without complaint or protest. Further her going out of her way to offer me an assignment when she had about 50 other legal assistants at her disposal, makes a strong statement about her knowledge of the quality of my work.

Statements to the contrary, at a time when management was investigating my allegations of harassment, were manifestly false and manifestly malicious.

And that’s my point of view -- a point of view substantiated by fact. Dispute that logic.

[The referenced individual was Maggie Sinnott, Akin Gump’s Legal Assistant Administrator. Throughout the summer of 1992, my sister acted as a kind of Devil’s advocate: always taking the side of Akin Gump, as if she were trying to draw information out of me. It seemed to me that my sister had an unusual degree of interest in people and events that had absolutely nothing to do with her. I found her attitude peculiar and revealing; it suggested to me that my sister remained in contact with Akin Gump even after my job termination in late October 1991.]

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

June 14, 1993
3801 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Paul G. Yessler, MD
2501 Calvert Street, NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC 20008

RE: Social Security Disability Psychiatric Evaluation

Dear Dr. Yessler:

Enclosed with respect to the above-referenced matter is a collection of letters I wrote and sent (by mail or fax) to my sister after my job termination on October 29, 1991 and before the filing of a disability claim with the Social Security Administration. Most of the letters were in fact written and sent in the year 1992.

I wrote the letters under the influence of my belief that my sister was in communication with my former employer, Akin Gump, and that my sister, upon receipt of the letters, would transmit the letters by fax communication back to managers of Akin Gump.

Both the writing and sending of the letters together with the content of the letters establish the persistence of seemingly paranoid ideation throughout the period beginning October 29, 1991. The letters deal, among other issues, with my concerns regarding harassment by Akin Gump co-workers; harassing (and anti-Semitic) telephone calls I received during 1991 and 1992; my belief that various of my treating psychiatrists were in communication with my former employer; the belief that librarians at the Cleveland Park Public Library (referred to as "the Club") harassed me; my belief that a clerk at a Giant Supermarket in my neighborhood (Adam) harassed me concerning my friendship with Craig Dye; my belief that a specialist at the Brookings Institution (Stephen Hess) was in communication with my former employer; the belief that it was not a mere accident that my former supervisor, Christine Robertson, had me touch her breasts, etc.

Please forward these materials to:

Ms. Fay Peterson
District of Columbia
Rehabilitation Services Administration
Disability Determination Division
P.O. Box 37608
Washington, DC 20013

If you have any questions, you may contact me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx (or leave messages at xxx xxx-xxxx). Might I suggest a follow-up evaluation consult?

You may contact my sister, Mrs. Estelle Jacobson, at (609) 727-3295.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely ,

Gary Freedman

The above cover letter transmitted a document production of approximately 185 pages. The document production is presumably on file at the Social Security Administration. The produced documents were presumably a significant factor in Social Security's disability determination of August 1993.