Clout | Central reunion: Ira sends his regrets

THE CLASS that graduated

from Central High School in 1957 celebrated its 50th reunion at the Union League last weekend without the murderer.

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The pride & joy of Central's 208th graduating class, Ira Einhorn, was, says one alum, "a jerk even then."

Eighty-two of 250 graduates attended. Many of them were sons (Central was boys-only in 1957) of non-English-speaking immigrants. These boys were the embodiment of the American Dream.

Partygoers got a booklet, in which their classmates wrote brief autobiographies. Page after page of entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, real-estate moguls, showing that the dream came true.

But none of them - not even Stanley A. Kraftsow, CEO of Craftmatic Industries (La Z Boy chairs!) - wrote an autobiography like the one penned by the class' most infamous alum: former planetary enzyme Ira Einhorn.

Einhorn, 67, listed his address as Houtzdale, Pa., where, after 20 years on the lam, he is a lifetime guest of the commonwealth for murdering girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977.

Einhorn does not mention Maddux in his Central High bio. He does say that he left the money economy in 1963, "creating a lifestyle based on

information transfer."

He credits himself with "creating an international information network under the auspices of Bell of Pa. and AT&T . . . called the 'Internet before the Internet' that reached into 27 countries . . ."

On his long list of accomplishments, Einhorn mentions the murder this way: "My inadvertent involvement in intelligence matters regarding the work of Tesla and Yugoslavia led to my being framed for a murder I did not commit."

That's a reference to the late Serbian physicist Nikola Tesla, who was cited in Einhorn's "X-Files defense" at his 2002 trial. Tesla allegedly developed mind-control techniques for military use. Einhorn claimed to have been researching secret mind-control weapons when he was first arrested in 1979.

As for his future, Einhorn wrote, "I need an honest courageous lawyer. Any help or communication would be appreciated."

He says he needs his freedom "to work on the problems of climate change."

Meanwhile, he's writing an autobiography and a book "specifically about my situation. Both should be published in 2008."

Marshal "Mickey" Green-

blatt, a retired engineer-entrepreneur who organized the class reunion, said the guests didn't give Einhorn much thought.

"There was a random comment or two, but nobody wanted to spend a lot of time talking about a killer," Greenblatt said, "compounded by the fact he was a jerk even then."

Greenblatt said Einhorn had a mean streak.

"I remember one year Ira didn't have a locker for some reason, so this kid offered to share with him," Greenblatt recalled. "The next day, the kid's stuff was on the floor. Ira told him, 'There's no room for your stuff.' "

Bubba cash-bash for Hill

When they're not debating or campaigning, presidential candidates are raising money. In that department, with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., you get two for one.

Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton is a big enough draw that he can come here alone to raise $650,000 for his wife, leaving her free to campaign in Iowa.

Clinton is the star attraction Sunday at a funder hosted by Barbara and Richard Schiffrin at their home in Wynnewood.

Co-hosts include Judi and Mark Aronchick and Jay Eisenhofer. The host committee includes rainmakers Alan Kessler, Tom Leonard, Len Barrack and Mike Leh; VIPs Wendy Beetlestone, former school district counsel, and Leslie Miller, former counsel to Gov. Rendell; and lawyer John Summers, brother of Clinton administration treasury secretary Larry Summers.

Also look for Hillary, Barack Obama and the rest of the Dems here this fall for one of the traveling debates.

PHA's Greene settles down

Philadelphia Housing Authority director Carl Greene, new contract in hand, is settling down.

Long a renter at the Academy House in Center City, Greene has purchased a condo at the Toll Brothers' Naval Square, 23rd and Christian.

Greene refused to talk about the move, but documents show he took out a $615,035 mortgage in February. The Naval Square condos have been selling for $700,000 and up.

Greene's been the top guy at PHA for nine years and in March he signed a five-year deal at $275,000-a-year plus performance bonuses.

"He's pretty committed to a long-term stay in the city," said spokesman Kirk Dorn.*

Staff writers Gar Joseph and Ronnie Polaneczky contributed to this report. Drexel University professor Sheryl Simons suggested the "Separated at Birth."