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Scandal in Santa Fe--The Facts

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l to r. My sister, Joan Seligman, me, my dad, Otis Seligman; 1940-41. l to r. My sister, Joan Seligman, me, my dad, Otis Seligman; 1940-41.


True Scandal in Santa Fe


Arthur Scott 


 This is the factual account of my father’s life. It is at tale of wasted wealth and opportunity. That I was a son of an ex-con was a deep, dark, family secret that I had to live with, hide, and never mention. A few times it was used as a weapon in childhood fights which sent me into a crying rage.  I only had bits and pieces of stories by my mother from my childhood. All of my older relatives are now dead so it took a great deal of archival research to determine and document the facts of a dark story.

   The true facts are somewhat in opposition to the stories of my father recalled by interviewees discussing “Scandals” in Pen LaFarge’s book about Santa Fe, “Turn Left at The Sleeping Dog. A friend told me:


En todos los árboles de la familia, hay filiales torcidos”.


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  • Comment Link Raven Q. DeVille Sunday, 29 September 2013 21:54 posted by Raven Q. DeVille

    Wow, you must have developed strong shoulders at a young age to carry such a heavy story. Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment Link Robert L Hicks Wednesday, 25 September 2013 01:23 posted by Robert L Hicks

    Arthur, your father was an interesting guy to say the least. thanks for sharing*

  • Comment Link Jim Baca Tuesday, 24 September 2013 22:34 posted by Jim Baca

    Thanks for sharing this. What an amazing story!

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