Before the necessary technology existed, Seymour Durst conceived of the National Debt Clock to call attention to the soaring debt and each family’s share of it. Durst installed the original clock, which used 306 individual light bulbs, at the northwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street on February 20, 1989, when the national debt was nearing $3 trillion.
Durst was born in New York City in 1944 to a Jewish family, the son of Bernice (née Herstein) and Seymour Durst. He is the younger brother of Robert Durst . Durst's paternal grandfather, Joseph Durst , a penniless immigrant tailor from Austria Hungary , eventually became a very successful real estate manager and developer founding The Durst Organization in 1915.
In May 2000, it was reported that the clock was planned to be unplugged on September 7, 2000, what would have been Seymour Durst's 87th birthday. Douglas said that the decision to unplug the clock was made because "it was put up to focus attention on the increasing national debt, and it's served its purpose."
Robert Alan Durst, detto Bobby (Scarsdale, 12 aprile 1943 – Stockton, 10 gennaio 2022) è stato un imprenditore e criminale statunitense, figlio di Seymour Durst, noto immobiliarista e inventore del National Debt Clock
Robert Durst est l'aîné des quatre enfants du promoteur immobilier devenu milliardaire Seymour Durst et de Bernice Herstein. Les sept premières années de sa vie, il grandit dans la ville de Scarsdale ( État de New York ), avec ses frères Douglas et Thomas et sa sœur Wendy, jusqu'au suicide de sa mère qui se jette du toit de la demeure familiale le 7 novembre 1950 [ 3 ] .
24/11/2010 · IF there were one person you’d expect to take issue with “All Good Things,” the new movie directed by Andrew Jarecki, it would be Robert A. Durst, since it implicates him in three killings ...
02/11/2017 · Father Seymour Durst eventually replaced his eldest son with Doug as the designated successor. Durst subsequently left the company. Berman grew up among Las Vegas mobsters.