Visiting with Conrad Black

The former press baron talks about his life on the inside

As Conrad Black gets set to begin his second year behind bars, columnist Peter Worthington takes us inside the federal prison in Coleman, Fl., for a visit. Worthington informs us that Black looks “trim and fit” and seems popular with his fellow inmates. As well, we learn that Black is keeping busy with piano lessons (he practices an hour a day), conducting history and politics lectures for fellow inmates and staff (“It’s very hard work preparing lessons, and surprisingly rewarding to help people”) writing (Black’s latest manuscript, about his trial and early days in prison, is already with his publisher) and preparing his case for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Visiting with Conrad Black

  1. Can you actually use the sustaining pedal when you’re wearing a ball & chain? Kudos to Milord if so.

  2. I read poor old Worthless’ hagiographic column and found little new there. Now that his old neocon pal is in the hoosegow, Worthless finds fault with America’s incarcerocracy. Naturally, not a word about that country’s insane drugs policy – he wouldn’t get many commissions from far-right rags if he did touch on that subject. I can’t wait for Black’s book with all the interesting things about life on the inside. I hope he followed my advice before he went in and got himself some Soap-on-a-Rope.

  3. Black was always ahead of his time. If he did the same things a couple years later, in light of what has recently gone on in the financial world, hardly anyone would have even noticed.

  4. And just think: if he’d been a Democrat while breaking the law, he’d be in Obama’s cabinet by now.

    Anyway, good to see a man using his time wisely. It sounds like a considerably more worthwhile existence than contributing to the socio-economic disaster that is the new administration.

  5. The big question re Conrad’s incarceration is: Has he actually turned his attitude (of entitlement) around to realize that the world does not owe him millions for the grabbing just because he owned several papers (and went into debt to do it). We have witnessed several millionaires (e.g, Bill Gates) who have made/are making valuable contributions to society; sadly Mr Black is not one of them.
    It is encouraging to read that he is trying to help others with lessons, even though he is not working from a standard curriculum and “learnings” may be rather leaning in one direction – his.

  6. Black “teaching” history to the other inmates belongs in the category of entertainment rather than education. If the US prison authorities really want to help inmates with educational programs, they should engage properly qualified and experienced people rather than indulge someone who clearly feels his mission in life (apart from grabbing as much power and wealth as he can) is influencing public opinion.

    In fact, conning prisoners into believing what they are getting is education rather than neocon propaganda comes pretty close to “cruel and unusual punishment.”

    It’s just too funny to see Peter Worthington, after many decades of advocating a tough, unforgiving line on crime, harsh punishments and “tough love” for wrongdoers, now come to the conclusion, as he approaches his dotage, that perhaps not quite everything is completely hunky-dory in the USA, especially when it comes to cracking down on white-collar crime.

    But I am grateful for that reference to Baron Black of Crossharbour enduring a cavity search. “Bend over, Milord!” ROFL

    • You must be a teacher who only thinks that teachers can teach – wrong, wrong wrong and given your comments a very bitter person about something. Black has an extensive knowledge of history and has written on various aspect of US/Can history – to acclaim of reviewers etc. He probably knows more about 20th century US/Can history that most teachers in the k-12 systems and probably most universities/colleges. His attitude is remarkable and one that others should look to – he seems to be enjoying himself, pursuing his interests and undertaking activities with purpose and excitment. His forecast of what would happen with Hollinger once government installed their overseers has been bang on – - too bad no one listened to him and the company (and investors) have been taken for a ride as a result of US government and justice.

  7. “a senior figure in the Republican party in Kentucky,…an officer on a nuclear submarine…a smattering of lawyers and business men…a leading marijuana distributor ”

    “not surrounded by low-lifes or knuckle-draggers” ??

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