It is rarely shown on TV. Now it is on YouTube. Only 1500 people have clicked it.
In 1970, there was a made-for-TV movie, The Brotherhood of the Bell. It starred Glenn Ford and Dean Jagger.
The general public did not know what it was about. It was about "Skull & Bones".
There is a tip-off. In a scene late in the movie, Ford is in a friend's room. He is seeking safety. The camera scans the walls of the room. There on the wall is a Yale University pennant.
In 1970, nothing on "Skull & Bones" had been published for a century.
In September 1977, Esquire ran an article on Bones by Ron Rosenbaum.
That was the first time that non-Yale readers heard of it. Here is how it began:
- You could ask Averell Harriman whether there's really a sarcophagus in the basement and whether he and young Henry Stimson and young Henry Luce (Time magazine) lay down naked in the coffin and spilled the secrets of their adolescent sex life to 14 fellow Bonesmen.
- You could ask Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart if there came a time in the year 1937 when he dressed up in a skeleton suit and howled wildly at an initiate in a red-velvet room inside the tomb.
- You could ask McGeorge Bundy if he wrestled naked in a mud pie as part of his initation and how it compared with a later quagmire into which he so eagerly plunged.
- You could ask Bill Bundy or William F. Buckley, both of who went into the CIA after leaving Bones
- or George Bush, who ran the CIA / President - whether their Skull and Bones experience was useful training for the clandestine trade. ("Spook," the Yale slang for spy.)
- You could ask J. Richardson Dilworth, the Bonesman who now manages the Rockefeller fortune, just how wealthy the Bones society is and
- whether it's true that each new initiate gets a no-strings gift of fifteen thousand dollars cash and guaranteed financial security for life.
- You could ask... but I think you get the idea.
The lending lights of the Eastern establishment:
- in old-line investment banks (Brown Brothers Harriman pays Bone's tax bill),
- in a blue-blood law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, for one), and particularly
- in the highest councils of the foreign-policy establishment - the people who have shaped America's national character since it ceased being an undergraduate power, had their undergraduate character shaped in that crypt over there.
- Bonesman Henry Stimson, Secretary of War under F.D.R., a man at the heart of the heart of the American ruling class, called his experience in the tomb the most profound one in his entire education.
But none of them will tell you a thing about it. They've sworn an oath never to reveal what goes on inside and they're legendary for the lengths to which they'll go to avoid prying interrogation. The mere mention of the words "skull and bones" in the presence of a true-blue Bonesman, such as Blackford Oakes, the fictional hero of Bill Buckley's spy thriller, 'Saving the Queen', will cause him to "dutifully leave the room, as tradition prescribed."
In 2004, two Bonesmen ran for President against each other: George W. Bush and John Kerry. Here is a club that inducts 15 people a year, and two of them got nominated for President. It was just one of those things, just one of those crazy things.
George H.W. Bush was a member. William Howard Taft was a member -- the only man ever to serve as President and Chief Justice. His father had been a co-founder.
Antony Sutton was handed a pile of documents in 1982. That was the first time he had heard about Bones. He wrote a book on it in 1983. I recommend it. It's here (http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres10/SuttonBones.pdf)
And then there is the forerunner, Percellian. Teddy Roosevelt belonged. Franklin did not get in. He said that was one of the great disappointments of his life.
I recommend that you watch the movie. I do not know how long it will still be on YouTube.
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