Slight discrepancy in Ed Howard's reported timeline

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By Bruce Murchison ( on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 1:02 pm: Edit Post

Ed Howard was employed in late 1984 and early 1985 in Santa Fe as a staff member of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. I worked with him directly as a Touche Ross (now Deloitte Consulting) consultant on a project to review the investment policy and process soundness of several large State funds, including the New Mexico Permanent School Fund and Public Employee Retirement System.

Our initial phase of work was done during January and February of 1985. Ed and I were fellow MBAs about the same age and got along very well. He was unassuming but bright, enough for me to wonder why he was simply a staff member.

The day he alluded the FBI agents was probably a Friday or Saturday evening in early February. Ed was supposed to fly to Austin on a Monday morning to meet with our project team to review a draft report. About the time we realized he was going to be a no-show that day, we received a call from the Committee Staff's director with a description of events consistent with what has been reported to have taken place on September 20, 1985. I'm not sure what would have given rise to the later date, but my memory, including timing, is vivid on the whole event. It was clearly that winter, as just a couple of weeks prior, two of us had struggled to drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in the snow on I25. We flew back to Austin only to be greeted with a rare 4 inches of snow on the ground and again struggled to drive home to the hilly west side of Austin.

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