David Simon

David Judah Simon is an American author and television writer and producer best known for his work on The Wire. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years, wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood with Ed Burns; the former book was the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, on which Simon served as a writer and producer. Simon adapted the latter book into the HBO mini-series The Corner, he was the creator, executive producer, head writer, show runner for all five seasons of the HBO television series The Wire. He adapted the non-fiction book Generation Kill into a television mini-series, served as the show runner for the project, he was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows and named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. Simon created the HBO series Treme with Eric Overmyer, which aired for four seasons. Following Treme, Simon wrote the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero with journalist William F. Zorzi, a colleague first at The Baltimore Sun and again on The Wire.

In August 2015, HBO commissioned two pilots from Simon's company Blown Deadline Productions. The first drama, The Deuce, about the New York porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s, stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-producer James Franco, first aired in September 2017; the second drama is an untitled program exploring a "detailed examination of partisanship" and money in Washington politics, to be co-produced with Carl Bernstein. Simon was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Dorothy Simon, a homemaker, Bernard Simon, a former journalist and public relations director for B'nai B'rith for 20 years. Simon was raised in a Jewish family with roots that originated in Eastern Hungary, he has a brother, Gary Simon, a sister, Linda Evans, who died in 1990. In March 1977, when Simon was still in high school, Simon's father was one of a group of over 140 people held hostage in Washington, D. C. by former national secretary of the Nation of Islam Hamaas Abdul Khaalis in the Hanafi Siege. Simon graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda and wrote for the school newspaper, The Tattler.

In 1983, he graduated from the University of College Park. While at college he wrote and was Editor for The Diamondback, became friends with contemporary David Mills. Upon leaving college, Simon worked as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun from 1982 to 1995, he spent most of his career covering the crime beat. A colleague has said that Simon loved journalism and felt it was "God's work". Simon says that he was altruistic and was inspired to enter journalism by the Washington Post's coverage of Watergate but became pragmatic as he gained experience. In his career he aimed to tell the best possible story without "cheating it". Simon was a union captain, he remained angry after the strike began to feel uncomfortable in the writing room. He settled on the idea of writing a novel. "I got out of journalism because some sons of bitches bought my newspaper and it stopped being fun," says Simon. In 1988, Simon took a year's leave to go into the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit to write a book.

Simon's leave of absence from The Sun resulted in his first book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. The book was based on his experiences shadowing the Baltimore Police Department homicide unit during 1988; the idea came from a conversation on Christmas Eve 1985 in the unit office, where Det. Bill Lansey told him, "If someone just wrote down what happens in this place for one year, they'd have a goddamn book." Simon approached the police department and the editors of the paper to receive approval. The detectives were slow to accept him, but he persevered in an attempt to "seem … like part of the furniture". However, he soon ingratiated himself with the detectives, saying in the closing notes of the book, "I shared with the detectives a year's worth of fast-food runs, bar arguments and station house humor: Even for a trained observer, it was hard to remain aloof." During one instance, Simon assisted with an arrest. Two detectives Simon was riding with pulled their car to a curb to apprehend two suspects, but Detective Dave Brown got his trenchcoat caught in a seat belt when he tried to exit the car.

Brown told Simon to assist Detective Terry McLarney himself, Simon helped apprehend and search one of the suspects. The book won the 1992 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book; the Associated Press called it "a true-crime classic". The Library Journal highly recommended it, Newsday described it as "one of the most engrossing police procedural mystery books written". Simon credits his time researching the book as altering his writing style and informing work, he learned to be more patient in research and writing, said a key lesson was not promoting himself but concentrating on his subjects. Simon told Baltimore's City Paper in 2003. "I felt Homicide the book and The Corner were not traditional journalism in the sense of coming from some artificially omniscient, objective point of view," said Simon. "They're immersed in the respective cultures that they cover in a way that traditional journalism isn't." The publishers of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets were eager for a screen adaptation and submitted it to numerous directors but there was little interest.

Simon suggested that they send the book to Baltimore


The Routhland is a historic mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. Construction began in 1815 in the Federal architectural style, it now has an Italianate style after extensive remodeling. The mansion has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since August 22, 1977, it is located at 131 Winchester road in Adams County, Mississippi. In 1790, 180 acres of land was granted by Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet to Job Routh, he built a mansion called Routhland in the 1790s, but it was burnt down in 1855. Another mansion called Routhland was built in its place for Job Routh's daughter, Mary Routh, her husband, Charles G. Dahlgren, it was renamed Dunleith when purchased by planter Alfred Vidal Davis. Alfred Davis sold the property to Hiriam Baldwin in 1866 who died in 1866 and the property was sold to John R Stockton; the property was sold shortly thereafter to Jospeh N Carpenter whose family held the property until 1976 Meanwhile, Job Routh's son, John Routh, has become one of the largest cotton planters in the world.

From 1815 to 1824, he built this Routhland mansion on his father's land. It is the only remaining mansion under the name of Routhland in Natchez, it was first built in the Federal architectural style. It was remodelled in the Greek Revival style, in the Italianate style. In 1871, it was purchased by Charles Clark, a Confederate veteran and former Governor of Mississippi from 1863 to 1865. Clark's descendants sold Routhland outside the family in 1946, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since August 22, 1977

New Zealand Meat Producers Board

The New Zealand Meat Board was established in 1922 as the New Zealand Meat Producers Board, under an Act of Parliament, the Meat-export Control Act 1921-22. It provided for producer and business representation and took responsibility for marketing New Zealand's meat for export. Today, the Meat Board provides quota and reserves management while Beef + Lamb New Zealand provides industry good functions; the business of the board would be to look after the interests of producers at both ends, to keep down the costs of production at this end and to look after freight and insurance. At the other end it was proposed to appoint a London agency to be entrusted with the business of seeing to the disposal and proper marketing of New Zealand meat in England. Funding would be provided by a small per carcass levy paid by producers; the government was empowered by the Act to prohibit the export of meat except as determined by the Board. The Act provided that membership should consist of eight people: two government appointees, five persons appointed by the Governor-General as representatives of producers and elected by them for the purpose and one member as a representative of stock and station agents.

Chairman: David Jones MP Vice-chairman: J S Jessep A Hamilton M. P. T A Duncan, J C N Grigg, A E Harding, Wm Perry W D Hunt, Wright Stephenson General Manager: J Fraser Secretary: G C Smith Other producer boards: New Zealand Dairy Board 1923 New Zealand Wool Board 1944 Agriculture in New Zealand NZ Meat Board website