A post earlier today described the travails of Alexander Chatfield Burns — the high-flying New Yorker who, according to the Wall Street Journal, may be implicated in multi-million dollar problems at his former company, Southport Lane Management.
Burns did not go to Yale, as he claimed. He said he grew up in Westport, but no one here had heard of Alexander Chatfield Burns.
That’s because he went by the names “Lexy” (Coleytown Elementary and Middle Schools) and “Lex” (Staples).
He was in Staples’ Class of 2005, several classmates and parents confirm. However, his photo does not appear in the Staples yearbook — nor is he listed as a senior without a photo.
His photo is shown in the Class of 2004 yearbook, as a junior. That year — as commenter Jeff Mitchell notes — the Norwalk Hour listed him as a 2nd honors student.
One parent recalls him as being “brilliant — really ‘out there’ smart” at Coleytown Middle. She adds: “I think he may have won a huge award for coming up with some new idea having to do with fuel or gases or something. It was a big deal in the science world.”
She says that he went on found a New York film-making company that was very successful, “considering his young age and the short period of time he’d been working on it.”
Somewhere over the next few years, it seems, he turned his attention to Wall Street. The results are not good.