Friday, October 21, 2005

From the "America is a WONDERFULL Country" file:
Report: Home Makeover Recipient Has Record

A disabled lobsterman who received a $500,000 log home from the TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in an episode yet to be aired has a criminal past, including an armed robbery conviction, The Portland Press Herald reported Thursday. The criminal offenses and two drunken driving convictions occurred before Doug Goodale of Wells lost his arm in a fishing accident in That story caught the attention of the hit ABC reality show. Goodale told the Press Herald that an agreement with the show's producers bars him from talking until the episode airs, possibly next month.

Melissa Armstrong, a spokeswoman for the producers of "Extreme Makeover," declined to discuss Goodale's criminal history or whether it would have disqualified him. The application form, which was submitted by a family member, asks candidates whether they have been convicted of crimes, but the spokeswoman would not say whether the Goodale application had that information.
Goodale was working alone on his boat in 1997 when a winch caught his arm. He had to amputate it to free himself and then steer the boat back to port, where he was taken to the hospital. "It was twisting my arm off," Goodale said in an interview as he recovered. "I had a knife there and I just started cutting. If I didn't, I was dead meat."

The newspaper said it looked into Goodale's criminal record after receiving several tips from residents of Wells.
In the armed robbery case, Goodale was arrested in 1982 a day after a fast-food restaurant was robbed of $300 and its employees were forced into a walk-in cooler. Goodale pleaded guilty to a felony and served 60 days in jail. The rest of his one-year sentence was suspended. In 1997, he was given a suspended sentence for misdemeanor assault. His Maine driving record, which is separate from his criminal record, shows his license was suspended twice for drunken driving, in 1985 and 1995.

The Press Herald reported that the records it researched show different birth dates for Goodale, perhaps one reason "Extreme Makeover" may not have known about Goodale's crimes. Many court records list him as born in January 1964 _ making him an adult at the time of the 1982 robbery _ while other records, including his driver's license, say he was born in 1965. Goodale's ex-wife Becky Sellers was one of those who contacted the newspaper after his story was published. She thinks Goodale's past is part of the story and should not be glossed over or ignored by the television show. "He's had a hard life, but he brought it all on himself," said Sellers, who was married to Goodale from 1985 until 1992.

Officials with Katahdin Cedar Log Homes, which supplied the materials and workers to build the home, estimated its value at $500,000. Company president David Gordon said he wasn't troubled by Goodale's past, "as long as he paid his debt to society."

So the rest of us who bust our assess day in and day out to get the second home up in the mountains lose out to some one armed ex con. Sounds like a bad remake of THE FUGITIVE to me
Does this just not pass the sniff test or what? Where did I go wrong? O thats right. I am not a convited felon ergo I get to make house payments for the next 20 some years. That explains it. And network TV wonders why ratings are down. Calling Donald Trump. Calling Donald Trump!

All of this reminds me of a "joke" I heard , perhpas it is true? Seems the PortlandMaine City Council has finally laid to rest the age old question that YES if you DIVORCE your WIFE she is still legally your SISTER. At least in PORTLAND MAINE that is..


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take solace in this. First of all, they're just doing a makeover, meaning he probably owned the property to begin with. Which means that he has a monthly mortgage.

With a makeover, his home value has increased. And if he's just dumb enough, he might go ahead and take out the equity to pay for bail bond. Now that his porperty value is up, he's going to get hit with a higher assessment, meaning he's got to pay more to the local tax board.

Or if he's renting, then his landlord's going to figure that he can get better tenants with an improved product and OUT HE GOES!

Of course, if he's smarter than that, he'll get to keep his house and we can keep heering you whine about it. ;)

October 21, 2005 1:55 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

Thank YOU for stopping by and posting.

I know and agree with your reply for the most part. Still the fact someone who has done JACK with his life other than to be a near drain on society backs into a $500,000 log home plus all the other "perks" and is going to get national acclaim on TV is beyond crazy it is just %^&*'D &P. Even if he can't pay the property taxes he can still sell the place and walk away with close to HALF A MILLION DOLLARS!!!

October 21, 2005 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This about sums it up.

Hey, wait a minute by REO SPEEDWAGON

Hey, wait a minute Something just ain't right
Hey, wait a minute Something's just not fair
I was supposed to win the lottery
I'm supposed to be a millionaire
I'm supposed to be a worldwide tourist
With lots of equity and life insurance
Yes I'm supposed to be a gold card member
Rubbin' elbows with the big time spenders
I'm supposed to be a wealthy man
But all I've got are blistered hands
Hey, wait a minute!
Hey, wait a minute
There's got to be a better way
I'm workin' twice as hard but gettin' no richer
Than I was yesterday
I'm supposed to drive a big Mercedes
Live in a mansion full of naked ladies
I'm supposed to own my own casino
Be a superstar like Sammy, Frank and Dino
Some day I'm gonna be a big success
And tell my boss to kiss my ass

Hey, wait a minute
Something must be wrong
I'm supposed to be dining on caviar
And drinking Dom Perignon
Yes I'm supposed to have open invitations
To classy country clubs all across the nation
Yes I'm supposed to have jewelry and diamonds
And a fifty foot yacht I can sail around the islands
I'm supposed to be so carefree
But all I've got is misery
Hey, wait a minute
Something's just not right

Words & Music Bruce Hall
©1996 Large Music, all rights reserved

October 25, 2005 8:06 AM  

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