He was a US Marine.
He fought in Korea at the infamous and hellish Chosin Reservoir battle against the Chinese in the brutal korean winter of 1950.
He was a prolific author of pulp-fiction short stories.
He knew his way around a bar and a courtroom and he had clients lining up top hire him. No checks please. Just cash.
Every client was "a poor innocent child" upon which disaster had fallen.
If he liked you, he added "darling" to your name when he saw you.
Clients with multiple arrests while on bond were, to him, "a clear pattern of police harassment."
His arms were often splayed out as he pled his case.
He tried at least a case a week for probably forty years, maybe more.
He was an REGJB original and his likes will not again be seen in our building.
He died today, August 7, in 2007 and it doesn't seem like he has been gone ten years.
Rest in peace old friend Sy Gaer.
Here's the link to the great article about Sy by the former herald ace Susannah Nesmith. It's worth a second read.
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