Washed Up

It's been two years since local attorney Jim Moon vanished. His insurers want to close the case

YOU MAY HAVE seen the ad in last week's papers (including this one) regarding information about the whereabouts of local attorney Jim Moon, who disappeared in the summer of 1995 ("The Vanishing," 9/6/95). Sources close to the investigation, which is being financed by one of the companies that carried Moon's life insurance, say the hot line listed in the ad has been flooded with calls--nearly all of them, however, from media.

At the time of his disappearance, Moon--whose legal practice revolved around a dying specialty, the defense of companies facing asbestos-related liability charges--had racked up huge personal debt. His wife, herself a lawyer with the big-buck firm of Faegre & Benson, has said Moon was despondent and suicidal shortly before he vanished on July 21, 1995. His canoe was found on the banks of Lake Calhoun, but his body never surfaced.

Besides roughly $500,000 in debt, Moon left behind over $1.5 million in life-insurance coverage. A year after he was last seen, his wife had him declared dead and began tussling with his insurers. To date, she reportedly has settled a $100,000 policy with one insurer for an undisclosed sum, and has been paid about $300,000 from a $1.5 million policy with Northwestern Mutual, which continues its quest to learn what became of Moon. "We are conducting the search in an effort to close the case," said a Northwestern Mutual rep. "It involves a lot of money, and since there is no conclusive evidence that he drowned, we think we have an obligation to make sure he's deceased."

Insiders obviously suspect that Moon is alive. "He probably fled the country long ago. He's a lawyer--he'd know how to create a new identity," speculates one source. And, as the ad points out, one of the ways he may have altered his appearance is by removing his rug. "He's worn a toupee since high school," says a source. "And a bad one at that."

HAPPY HOUR

MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T give their landlord information about their drug or alcohol treatment. But if Minnesota Sen. Rod Grams has his way, public-housing tenants will soon have to do just that. Tucked away in a bill now before Congress is an amendment to let officials use treatment data to determine tenants' proclivity toward substance abuse. Grams's office says it's needed because elderly tenants are afraid of their neighbors, and is crafted to "make sure that confidentiality problems and anti-discrimination issues are as carefully addressed as possible." Minneapolis Public Housing Authority spokesman Bill Paterson says the agency supports the provision. "This is not something to put more teeth into the procedure to screen people out, but to help us best identify those applicants who can and will be lease-compliant."

But the advocacy group Health Care for the Homeless says the bill may clash with existing federal law that protects treatment data, and "makes an inappropriate link between addictions and housing." Says one advocate: "The fact is that people who are housed have a much better chance of succeeding in treatment than people who are living in the street and asking people who come by for money." The housing bill awaits action in the Senate.

DEMOCRATIC DISCOURSE

THE DAY A City Pages story quoting Carmen Brown's complaints about public housing ("House of Hollman," 6/11/97) appeared, she got a letter from the MPHA saying that a neighbor had complained about loud music from her apartment and a live-in boyfriend, both of which may violate her lease. Brown, one of the few tenants left in the soon-to-be-demolished Olson Townhomes, says her stereo is in storage, her beau has his own apartment, and her neighbor denies having complained. MPHA spokesman Paterson says the letter, dated prior to the story's appearance, had nothing to do with Brown's complaints. "We just don't do that kind of thing," he says.

GESUNDHEIT

LAST FRIDAY, MEMBERS of the Community University Health Care Center's low-income health care plan ("Unhealthy Practice," 4/16/97) got their own Dear John letter. In it, Fairview Health System, the conglomerate that earlier this year bought both CUHCC and the University Hospital, slammed the door on months of talks, leaving CUHCC patients without hospital coverage. The old University Hospital regime guaranteed patients free hospitalization. The new plan--a sliding-scale program already in place for Fairview's low-income patients--won't. CUHCC's Patient Action Committee is planning to meet to consider its options.

PUBLIC DOMAIN

From the Contributions to Scholarship file, College Days Division, we offer the following recent dissertations culled from the Dissertation Abstracts International database:

Self, Differentiation, and Integration in a Non-Traditional Occupation

By James Richard Bondarenko, University of Alberta. Findings: This inquiry investigates the life world of the nightclub stripper...

The Perceived Bitterness of Beer and 6-N-Propylthiouracil (Prop) Taste Sensitivity

By Linda R. Intranuovo, St. John's University, New York. Findings: The results of this study indicated that, with regard to degree of liking, male nontasters reported liking the taste of Pilsner Urquell better than male supertasters when they tasted Pilsner Urquell after Budweiser.

Premature Ejaculation: An Evaluation of Sensitivity to Erotica

By Daniel Nathan Weiner, State University of New York at Albany. Findings: Twenty men with premature ejaculation and 20 normal controls viewed two erotic films in the laboratory while their penile tumescence was monitored. One film was not explicit (i.e., depicted foreplay and undressing), while the other film was highly explicit (i.e., depicted sexual intercourse). Results revealed no significant differences between groups for penile or subjective response.

The Development Of The Electric-Guitar Solo In Rock Music, 1954-1971

By Stephen Kenneth Valdez, University of Oregon. Findings: The most prominent instrument in rock music from 1954 to 1971 was the electric guitar; most bands during this period included two guitars. One was designated a rhythm instrument and worked in conjunction with the bass and the drums. The other guitar was termed a lead instrument...

The Timing Of Orgasm And Sexual Satisfaction

By Jacqueline Lee Newman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Findings: It was hypothesized that for both women and men a relationship exists between the timing of orgasm and sexual satisfaction... [The study] revealed no significant differences for either gender. It is recommended that a more precise method of determining orgasm timing be employed to replicate the study.

An Examination of the Relationships Between Penis Size and Body Image, Genital Image, and Perception of Sexual Competency in the Male

By Harold Charles Winter, New York University. Findings: The 96 research participants were adult males ranging in age from 20 through 59 who measured their penises with the Penis Self-Measuring Instrument and the Circumference Measuring Tape... The results suggest that penis size and, in particular, circumference of the penis are factors in a man's perception of his own body image, genital image, and sexual competency.
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