Once again, this is of interest only to AMA members or those considering membership.
After nearly five months of silence, it seems Tony Giorgio is now on a roll. After only six days since his last offering, Mr. Giorgio has posted yet another interesting item on his web site: http://www.tonygiorgio.addr.com/
You might ask, "why, Dustin, are you doing this? The Giorgio lawsuit is over, let it go. Whose side are you on?" If that is how you see the issue then let me make it clear that I'm not on Tony Giorgio's side, nor am I on the BOD's side. I am on the membership's
side. I am not telling you what to think; I am not really telling you everything that I
think. What I want is for you
to read the information, digest it and come to your own conclusions. Yes, the lawsuit is over. But there are issues that continue to directly effect the membership that are a direct result of, or were brought up as a result of, the action brought by Mr. Giorgio. It's up to you to decide how you feel about those issues. I know that I am emotionally torn by the whole thing, and I'm not sure what it will take to resolve that (other than resigning, which I don't want to do).
All of this, of course, assumes that there is such a thing as the Academy of Magical Arts. Of course there is, in name's sake; that is certain. But the more I read, the more I absorb, the more I begin to believe that the AMA is an illusion. It's a fact that it was resurrected (from an organization created by their father years earlier) so the Larsen brothers could get around Los Angeles City laws and obtain the liquor license for their nightclub. Face it, without that, there's no club. And I have no issue with the AMA being a legal means to an end, none whatsoever. The issue arises when the reality and the illusion collide. If the AMA is
a real entity, then it needs to be run like one, under the laws and ethics
that govern such an entity. But there are issues and testimony posted on Mr. Giorgio's site that can be interpreted as evidence to the contrary and that
And the BOD remains quiet. If it was I, and I knew I was correct, I would counter Mr. Giorgio whenever he makes a post (in fact, Tony and I have had "arguments" - if you will - via email regarding the interpretation of some issues). If I were right, I would be taking legal action to stop him from posting distortions and/or lies. Of course, there's a problem: Tony Giorgio is, for the most part, only posting deposition transcripts. Granted, he makes conclusions, but are these conclusions lies or distortions? Perhaps they are opinion, in which case Mr. Giorgio cannot be stopped via any legal means. Then why doesn't the BOD say something so we the members can hear their side? Don't they realize that their silence speaks volumes for
Giorgio's arguments?! A very wise man pointed out at the town hall meeting that whether true or not, there are things that the membership perceives
as true and that can be as bad as the issues being
true! The lack of communication from the Castle BOD over the years is what has hurt them the most. Because when they do
answer questions (like at the town hall meeting) they are accused of skirting the issues. To quote one member, when Dale Hindman asked if, "we [the BOD] have answered all your questions?" the member said, "We got answers."
Many of the individuals involved in this whole mess are people that I like and/or respect, so it kills me when I read these things, things that they are saying under oath, that contradict other things I have heard them say or contradict what they said under oath elsewhere! There is one thing I learned a very long time ago about telling the truth: when you consistently tell the truth, you have no lies that you may be required to remember later. That's why it's so much simpler just to always tell the truth; it never changes.