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Friday, August 1, 2014

THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Part 1-Miss Fortune Reveals All ...To Miss Fortune!

Baby Fortune

May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Miss Fortune please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Miss Fortune please stand up?

We're gonna have a problem here...

Most of you know me as Miss Fortune, but now you all know my real name—Anita Senkowski. 

And because I can, I've selected Miss Fortune to break another story on this blog: the exclusive interview with me.

Miss Fortune: Anita, good to finally speak with you. After all this time, why have you finally revealed your true identity?

Anita Senkowski (speaking from a secure, undisclosed location): For a variety of private, family, and professional reasons, I chose to write under the pseudonym Miss Fortune. Although I never wanted to publicly disclose my name, my anonymity was recently breached. 

MF: Breached? That sounds painful!

AS: It wasand the circumstances are currently under police investigation. And because it's an open case, even I can't get the report!

MF: (Clutches her pearls) Tell me what happened?  

Artist's recreation
AS: An unaddressed envelope was hand-delivered to my former Novi condominium, and the home’s current owner discovered the envelope early Sunday, June 29. The owner did not open the envelope, but instead called the Novi Police Department after holding the envelope up to the light and reading its enclosed handwritten note: Miss Fortune blog needs to be shut down immediately. This will not turn out good for u!

Around 10:00am on June 29, I received a call from Novi Police Officer Craig Chismar alerting me to the threatening letter intended for me. Chismar discussed the circumstances of its discovery with me, and I provided information on what I believed to be the source of the threat: financial revelations relating to Steven J. Ingersoll and the Grand Traverse Academy exposed on this blog. 

MF: What makes you so sure? 

AS: You know I can't claim 100 percent certainty, but in mid-May, a Grand Traverse Academy board member threatened me with a defamation action relating to stories posted on this blog. I retained an attorney, who was told by the Academy board member's attorney to expect a "draft complaint" after Memorial Day. 

My attorney explained to me that a public official, like the Academy board member, would have a much harder time proving defamation. In addition, the Academy board member would have to prove actual malice in order to be successful.

MF: What happened? 

AS: Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, bupkis...until a few weeks later.  On June 27, I noticed my Google analytics report showed a blog called "Glistening, Quivering Idiot" driving traffic to my blog, so I checked it out. And this is what I found:

The "Idiot" blog had been launched on June 23 and, as you can see above, not only revealed my real name and my home address (which I've redacted), it even included a link my late mother's obituary. 

The last line of the "blog" says: "Her poor reporting is something only a mother could love.", with the word "mother" providing the link to the obituary. After I found the "Idiot" blog, I quickly discovered two more instances of "outing" by this one-eyed squirrel.

The first one appeared June 27 on a site called Ripoff Report. Posted by "glisteningquiveringidiot" who declared "Interlochen, Michigan" as his location, it stated that I'd ruined my reputation by "failing to report the facts". It went on to accuse me of using the blog to inflate my "own ego".

MF: "Idiot" from Interlochen doesn't really know you, does he? Your ego was already as big as a Macy's Day parade balloon before you started writing this blog!  

AS: You damn skippy it was! (Fist bumps) Once Mr. Idiot got started, he just couldn't stop. Up popped another one, this time on "Pissed Consumer".  You'll notice he claims "$1000" in damages
quelle surprise!

PART 2: More with Miss Fortune--and Anita Senkowski--coming Monday!

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