I regularly drive by the Bride Mural on Penn Avenue in Garfield that was painted by the late Judy Penzer who died on TWA 800 more than a deade ago. Got me thinking a bit about what happened to her brother Richard Penzer. He was the NYC developer that arguably could be described as the the guy who really started the latest round of redevelopment Downtown with his rehabilitation of the Gimbels building. Anyone remember the Pittsburgh Magazine cover of him kind of swimming in cash bills floating all around. I do not jest. His later story is too complicated to get into here even if I understood it, but Penzer's holdings got caught up in a lot of Jewish legal proceedings that I have no idea how it all worked out.. But he kind of disappeared from the scene personally even before his local business dealings were unwound.
So just out of curiosity I ask Mr. Google what is up with him. A Jerusalem Post article from last
year says that there were legal proceedings against one of his former Pittsburgh business partners who is alleged to have threatened to plant a bomb
in Penzer's car in anger over how his Pittsburgh deals ended. Who knew?