Veteran journalist Carl Hoffman believes he’s solved one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1961 at the age of 23, Michael Rockefeller – son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in America ¬– travelled to remote New Guinea in search of primitive art for his father’s new museum.
Partial Government Shutdown Takes Hold In Columbus
Central Ohioans are beginning to feel the effects of a partial government shutdown. Thousands of employees were furloughed in Columbus at agencies ranging from the Defense Supply center to the Labor and Transportation offices downtown.
As the partial shutdown took hold a skeleton security staff at the Bricker Federal building at Spring and High streets in Columbus patiently answered questions from people trying to do business with federal government agencies. Department of Labor offices and the IRS offices were closed. Bankruptcy court and Social Security offices remained open. Eileen Brubeck was among early arrivals at the Social Security office.
“I didn’t know what was going on because there was no line at the door waiting to get in. And to tell me everything was shutdown. And I said Oh my god, don’t tell me Social Security is shutdown. They said they can only do limited things,” says Brubeck.
Brubeck adds some of those in line were “very harried.” Charles Simmons of Columbus shared his frustration, especially with the congress’ inability to avoid the disruption.
“As a unit the republicans and the democrats need to come together, stop brow-beating each other. They need to try to come to a some kind of understanding. Because as a country we look stupid,” says Simmons.
A contract government employee who declined to be recorded said she had cleaned out her desk saying she didn’t know when she might return to work.