Monday, January 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023
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By Aimee Larrabee |

Remember Earl Golz, the Dallas Morning News reporter who was fired because of a story he wrote concerning the Abilene National Bank? The story about loan investigations at the bank prompted bank officials to run full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal and several area papers saying that Golz was wrong. One week after the story was printed, Golz-who had been at the News for 13 years – was fired. Less than one month after his story appeared, the majority of the Abilene bank’s stock was acquired by Mercantile Texas Corp. Now Golz says he can’t find a job, and he’s ready to do something about it. It seems he’s almost sewn-up an agreement with Racehorse Haynes to represent him in a lawsuit against the News for damages and against the bank for libel. Nothing is certain at this point, but a million-dollar figure is being kicked around.

Jack Diamond, the Canadian planner who has been consulting the City of Dallas on an Oak Lawn plan, apparently is taken with Dallas. He recently announced that he is now registered to practice architecture in Texas, and he says he has several projects in the works, including one possible private project with a big-name developer. Diamond has restructured his firm and says that he will spend about one-fourth of his time in Dallas. He hopes to open an office/apartment in the Oak Lawn area, which will show that he’s trying to practice what he preaches: That mixed-use development is the answer for Oak Lawn.

Ted Whatley, the former headmaster of St. Mark’s, has found a new roost to rule. This month, he begins work as headmaster of the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. The coeducational, nonsectarian private day school has 600 students from preschool through 12th grade. The campus, which has 20 buildings, covers 57 acres on the outskirts of Portland.

Catlin Gabel’s search for a new headmaster began in December. About 100 people applied for the position; Whatley and four other candidates were interviewed. Whatley accepted the job in May. When we spoke to school officials, Whatley and his wife, Melba, were in Oregon looking for a house.