13 January 2008

Gaery Simon, Real Estate Developer

+ Documentation of lawsuit surrounding the failed underground mall ("Dupont Down Under") beneath the Dupont Circle in Washington DC, developed and run into the ground by Gaery Simon: http://www.assetprotectionbook.com/DC_Simon-Circle_2000.htm

+ Description of the Sonny Bono Memorial Park:
Sony Bono Memorial Park is a park in Northwest Washington, D.C., at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, 20th Street, and O Street near Dupont Circle. It is named for Sony Bono. The park was established in 1998 after Sony Bono's death by Bono family friend Geary Simon, a local real estate developer. He approached the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation's Park Partners program and paid $25,000 of his own money to revitalize an unused 800-square foot triangle of grass. His improvements included installing an underground sprinkler system, planting new Kentucky bluegrass and a Japanese maple, as well as benches and a wrought-iron fence. The park features a vault of Sony Bono memorabilia, such as the sheet music for "The Beat Goes On," a palindrome loop of that song playing infinitely thru a miniature Bose system, his official Congressional cufflinks, a mug from his string of Bono's Restaurants, some fan letters, and two anonymously delivered envelopes whose contents remain a mystery. At the entrance, on the ground, is a plaque that reads as follows: "IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND Sony Bono 1935-1998; ENTERTAINER - ENTREPRENEUR - STATESMAN - FRIEND."

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