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Guest Gary Loughran

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Guest Gary Loughran

I have always thought the Augusta National Golf Club was sports version of Yale's Skull and Bones. From USA Today (2002) I obtained the following membership list shown at the end.

Membership is fluid and highly secretive (as well as until recently, quite racist) so the list is only indicative of a snapshot in time, though extrapolation of membership back to the 30's or 60's needn't be difficult. Whilst not officially recognised on the list it is commonly known that several US presidents have been on the list.

The industrial movers and shakers should be well known to all on this board, at least for who they represent as oppossed to personally :tomatoes. Oil, finance, gas, manufacturing e.g. Bechtel brothers ;)

Membership is generally 300 and death or expulsion (none known to date) are the only ways to leave. That means at any given time only 300 members of this club exist. I see a defence secretary and secretary of state in the list. I'm sure all the lists would be mighty interesting.

There are also some members who ostensibly seem to be purely there on golf merit e.g. Arnold Palmer. Perhaps allowing real golfers in to deal with the PR side.

The youngest member on my quick scan of the list was one Bill Gates.

I've often wondered if important decisions are made in the sanctity of this very private, very secretive, members by invite only club/cadre/cartel.

As Martha Burk states "Far from being a place where friends gather for golf, Augusta National is a gathering of corporate power players like no other. Deals are made, careers are changed, and even national policy is affected through relationships such as those of the 19 members of Augusta National who sit on the Council on Foreign Relations."

Opinions please?

The list

State First Name Last name Employer Age

Ala. Crawford Troy Johnson III Coca-Cola Bottling, Retired 78

Ala. Joseph Lamar Lanier Jr. Dan River 71

Ala. Claude B. Nielsen Coca-Cola Bottling 51

Ala. Robert H. Radcliff Jr. 84

Ala. Hall W. Thompson Thompson Tractor 79

Ariz. Lyle Anderson Lyle Anderson Co. n/a

Ariz. Jack Steele Parker General Electric, Retired 84

Ark. J. Frank Broyles University of Arkansas 77

Ark. Joe Thomas Ford Alltel 65

Ark. Scott T. Ford Alltel 40

Ark. Jackson T. Stephens Stephens Group n/a

Ark. Warren A. Stephens Stephens Group 45

Calif. Samuel H. Armacost Weiss Peck & Greer, Retired 64

Calif. Donald R. Beall Rockwell International 64

Calif. Riley P. Bechtel Bechtel Group 50

Calif. Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Bechtel Group, Retired 77

Calif. Benjamin F. Biaggini Santa Fe Southern Pacific, Retired 86

Calif. Donald L. Bower ChevronTexaco 79

Calif. Michael R. Bowlin ARCO International Oil & Gas, Retired 60

Calif. Lodwrick M. Cook Atlantic Richfield, Retired 74

Calif. Rex D. Cross Lone Star Industries 81

Calif. Kenneth T. Derr ChevronTexaco, Retired n/a

Calif. Sam Glen n/a

Calif. Frederick W. Gluck Scient 66

Calif. Harold J. Haynes ChevronTexaco, Retired 76

Calif. Paul M. Hazen Wells Fargo, Retired 60

Calif. Charles B. Johnson Franklin Resources 70

Calif. Ruben F. Mettler TRW, Retired 79

Calif. Edfred L. Shannon Jr. Global SantaFe, Retired 75

Calif. George P. Shultz Former U.S. Secretary of State, Retired n/a

Colo. Edward B. Close Jr. n/a

Colo. Peter H. Coors Coors Brewing 56

Colo. Charles C. Gates Gates Rubber Co., Retired 81

Colo. Frederic C. Hamilton Hamilton Oil 75

Colo. Will F. Nicholson Jr. Rocky Mountain BankCard System, Retired 74

Colo. Jack A. Vickers Castle Pines Golf Club 77

Conn. Ray C. Adam n/a

Conn. John F. Akers IBM, Retired 68

Conn. Ralph E. Bailey Conoco, Retired 79

Conn. Morrison H. Beach Travelers, Retired 86

Conn. Lawrence A. Bossidy Honeywell, Retired 68

Conn. Edward H. Budd Travelers, Retired 69

Conn. George A.L. David Otis Elevator 61

Conn. Clifton C. Garvin Jr. ExxonMobil, Retired 81

Conn. Kenneth H. Hannan 91

Conn. Robert S. Hatfield Continental Group, Retired 87

Conn. Reginald H. Jones General Electric, Retired 85

Conn. Dohn L. Kalmbach Berman, Kalmbach & Company 65

Conn. Robert D. Kennedy The Perkin- Elmer Corporation, Retired 70

Conn. James W. Kinnear III ChevronTexaco, Retired 75

Conn. John E. Kircher 84

Conn. John L. Weinberg Goldman Sachs, Retired 78

Conn. John F. Welch General Electric, Retired 67

D.C. Amory Houghton Jr. U.S. Congressman 76

D.C. Melvin R. Laird Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Retired 80

Fla. Warren M. Anderson 80

Fla. Richard T. Baker n/a

Fla. Robert H.B. Baldwin Retired 82

Fla. William Houston Blount Vulcan Materials 81

Fla. Willard S. Boothby Jr. Paine Webber, Retired 81

Fla. Rinehart S. Bright 90

Fla. Anthony J.A. Bryan Copperweld 80

Fla. Howard L. Clark Sr 86

Fla. E. Mandell de Windt Birmingham Steel 72

Fla. John H. Dobbs 70

Fla. Beverly F. Dolan Compressor Components Textron, Retired 75

Fla. Nelson Doubleday Former owner New York Mets, Retired 69

Fla. James D. Finley J P Stevens, Retired n/a

Fla. Maurice F. Granville ChevronTexaco, Retired 87

Fla. George V. Grune Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds 73

Fla. James M. Hoak Jr Heritage Communications 59

Fla. John C. Jansing Vestaur Securities, Retired 77

Fla. David S. Kirkland Bessemer Trust 63

Fla. Richard K. LeBlond II Chase Manhattan Bank 82

Fla. Donald S. MacNaughton Hospital Corp., Retired 95

Fla. Frank L. Mansell Paine Webber, Retired 81

Fla. Robert S. Oelman Koppers, Retired 93

Fla. Edward M. O'Herron Jr. Eckerd Drugs, Retired 77

Fla. John R. Opel IBM, Retired 78

Fla. John G. Ordway Stillman Maynard & Co. 79

Fla. H. Lawrence Parker Morgan Stanley Canada, Retired 76

Fla. Ogden M. Phipps Bessemer Trust 62

Fla. Lawrence R. Pugh VF Corp., Retired 70

Fla. J. Howard Rambin Jr. ChevronTexaco, Retired 91

Fla. Fred S. Ridley Foley & Lardner 50

Fla. F. Morgan Taylor Jr. 71

Fla. Ronald Townsend Communications consultant 61

Fla. Rawleigh Warner Jr. ExxonMobil, Retired 82

Ga. W. Hale Barrett Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley 74

Ga. Louis L. Battey River City Augusta, Retired n/a

Ga. James H. Blanchard Synovus Financial 61

Ga. Thomas M. Blanchard Jr. Blanchard & Calhoun n/a

Ga. Clayton P. Boardman III Boardman Petroleum n/a

Ga. Stephen W. Brown n/a

Ga. Hugh M. Chapman Nationsbank, Retired 70

Ga. William P. Copenhaver The Pinnacle Club 78

Ga. Thomas G. Cousins Cousins Properties 70

Ga. Edwin L. Douglass Jr. Augusta Cab 66

Ga. Walter W. Driver Jr. King & Spalding law firm, Atlanta, GA. 58

Ga. Nick W. Evans Jr. Spartan Communications 53

Ga. H. Ray Finney Retired n/a

Ga. James R. Gabrielsen n/a

Ga. William T. Gary III Gary Concrete Products, Retired n/a

Ga. Ben S. Gilmer AT&T, Retired 97

Ga. Phil S. Harison Harison-Kerzic n/a

Ga. Harry T. Harper III Harper Pennington & Shaw n/a

Ga. E. Val Hastings n/a

Ga. Eugene M. Howerdd Jr. The Howerdd Group 66

Ga. W. Howard Hudson Orthopaedic Associates n/a

Ga. Clifford M. Kirtland Jr. Cox Communications n/a

Ga. Boone A. Knox Allied Bank of Georgia n/a

Ga. Jefferson B.A. Knox The Knox Foundation 39

Ga. Dessey L. Kuhlke Kuhlke Construction, Retired n/a

Ga. Peter M. Menk 75

Ga. Charles H. Morris Morris Communications n/a

Ga. William S. Morris III Morris Communications 68

Ga. John L. Murray Jr. n/a

Ga. J. Fleming Norvell 42

Ga. Samuel A. Nunn Former U.S. Senator, Retired 64

Ga. William P. Payne Premiere Technologies 54

Ga. Carl J. Reith Oxford Industries, Retired 89

Ga. John D. Reynolds III Club Car n/a

Ga. Julian H. Roberts Spatial Sites n/a

Ga. J. Haley Roberts Jr. n/a

Ga. Ray M. Robinson AT&T 54

Ga. Carl E. Sanders Troutman Sanders LLP/Georgia Senate, Retired 77

Ga. George A. Sanoken Jr. n/a

Ga. Leroy H. Simkins Jr. The Tubman Home n/a

Ga. Frank Troutman Jr. Coil Coaters of America n/a

Ga. George Wislar Fountainhead Water n/a

Ga. Danny Yates 52

Ga. Charles R. Yates Jr. Moses Contracting n/a

Ga. P. Dan Yates Jr. Yates Insurance Agency n/a

Ga. Charles R. Yates Sr. Atlanta Arts Alliance, Retired 89

Hawaii C. Pardee Erdman Jr. Retired n/a

Ill. Edward A. Brennan Sears, Retired 69

Ill. John H. Bryan Jr. Sara Lee 65

Ill. Richard J. Ferris United Airlines, Retired 66

Ill. Donald V. Fites Caterpillar, Retired 69

Ill. H. Laurance Fuller BP Amoco, Retired 64

Ill. Christopher B. Galvin Motorola 52

Ill. Lester B. Knight 44

Ill. Vernon R. Loucks Jr. Baxter Travenol Labs, Retired 68

Ill. Lee L. Morgan Caterpillar, Retired 83

Ill. Richard M. Morrow BP Amoco, Retired 76

Ill. Donald S. Perkins Jewel Cos., Retired 75

Ill. Philip J. Purcell III Morgan Stanley 59

Ill. Irving Seaman Jr. Burston-Marsteller n/a

Ill. Daniel C. Searle GD Searle, Retired 76

Ill. Arthur M. Wood Sr. Sears, Retired 89

Iowa Lloyd D. Ward 53

Kan. Howard J. Carey Jr. 80

Ky. William S. Farish US Ambassador 60

Ky. William A. Marquard Arkansas Best 83

La. Frank A. Godchaux III Riviana Foods, Retired 76

La. John G. Phillips Louisiana Land and Exploration, Retired 80

Mass. Frederick S. Moseley III Seaward Management 74

Mass. Robert P. O'Block McKinsey and Co. 60

Md. Nicholas F. Brady Former US Secretary of Treasury, Retired 72

Mich. Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Bundy, Retired 77

Mich. William C. Ford Ford Motor/Detroit Lions 78

Mich. Robert J. Hampson Ford Motor, Retired 85

Mich. Roger S. Penske Penske Group 66

Mich. Harold A. Poling Ford Motor, Retired 77

Minn. Paul J. Bridston Bridston 74

Minn. John R. Harris Professional golfer n/a

Minn. Bruce A. Lilly Minnesota Museum of American Art n/a

Minn. David M. Lilly University of Minnesota, Retired 85

Minn. Robert R. Waller Hormel Foods 65

Minn. Wheelock Whitney Former owner Minnesota North Stars and Vikings, Retired n/a

Mo. Andrew N. Baur Mississippi Valley Bancshares 58

Mo. Charles F. Knight Emerson Electric, Retired 67

Mo. Eugene F. Williams Jr. Centerre Trust, Retired 79

N.C. John M. Belk City of Charlotte (N.C.) 82

N.C. Blake C. Clark 80

N.C. R. Stuart Dickson Ruddick 73

N.C. Thomas W. Dickson Ruddick 47

N.C. James H. Hance Jr. Bank of America 58

N.C. John W. Harris Lincoln Harris n/a

N.C. James E. Johnson Jr. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice 72

N.C. Hugh L. McColl Jr. Bank of America, Retired 67

N.C. Paul J. Rizzo IBM 75

N.J. Robert E. Allen AT&T, Retired 68

N.J. Charles L. Brown AT&T 80

N.J. Richard A. McGinn Lucent (former) 56

N.J. John S. Reed Citicorp, Retired 75

N.J. Donald P. Remey 60

N.J. Reuben Francis Richards Emcore, Retired 73

N.J. Arthur F. Ryan Prudential Financial 60

N.J. Walter V. Shipley Chase Manhattan Bank, Retired n/a

N.Y. William R. Acquavella Acquavella Art dealer 64

N.Y. Kenneth I. Chenault American Express 51

N.Y. Theodore N. Danforth Retired 77

N.Y. D. Ronald Daniel McKinsey & Co. 73

N.Y. Louis V. Gerstner Jr. IBM 61

N.Y. S. Parker Gilbert Morgan Stanley Group 68

N.Y. Edward D. Herlihy Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 55

N.Y. James R. Houghton Corning, Retired 66

N.Y. John F. McGillicuddy Manufacturers Hanover, Retired 71

N.Y. Douglas D. Mercer 66

N.Y. Thomas S. Murphy Capital Cities/ABC 77

N.Y. Peter G. Peterson The Blackstone Group 76

N.Y. Richard I. Purnell 84

N.Y. James D. Robinson III American Express, Retired 66

N.Y. Whitney Stevens 75

N.Y. Robert G. Stone Jr. Kirby Corp. 78

N.Y. Douglas A. Warner III JP Morgan Chase, Retired 54

N.Y. Sanford I. Weill Citigroup 70

Neb. Harold W. Andersen InfoUSA 79

Neb. Warren E. Buffett Berkshire Hathaway 72

Nev. William L. Searle GD Searle, Retired 75

Ohio William Boeschenstein Owens-Corning, Retired 77

Ohio William W. Boeschenstein n/a

Ohio Edwin D. Dodd Owens-Illinois, Retired 83

Ohio E. Bradley Jones TRW, Retired 75

Ohio Patrick F. McCartan Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue 66

Okla. Robert W. Berry 78

Okla. William K. Warren Jr. 68

Okla. John H. Williams Williams Companies 84

Penn. Lewis W. Foy Bethlehem Steel Corp n/a

Penn. Henry L. Hillman The Hillman Company 84

Penn. Michael H. Jordan CBS, Retired 66

Penn. Howard M. Love National Intergroup, Retired 72

Penn. Thomas H. O'Brien PNC Bank, Retired 65

Penn. Arnold D. Palmer Professional golfer, Retired 73

Penn. David M. Roderick USX 78

Penn. Thomas J. Usher U.S. Steel 50

R.I. Bradford R. Boss A. T. Cross, Retired 69

R.I. J. Terrence Murray Fleet Financial Group, Retired 63

S.C. Robert H. Chapman III Inman Mills 51

S.C. James W. Foley 91

S.C. Alester G. Furman III Alester G. Furman, Retired 84

S.C. Robert Goodyear 77

S.C. John B. Harris Jr. 81

S.C. Lou Holtz University of South Carolina 66

S.C. William W. Johnson Augusta National Golf Club Chairman 73

S.C. David S. Lewis Jr. McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics 58

S.C. Roger Milliken Milliken & Co. 86

S.C. Robert P. Timmerman Graniteville Co. 82

S.C. Francis A. Townsend Jr. 63

S.C. Wilson C. Wearn Multimedia Inc., Retired 83

S.C. Joseph H. Williams 76

Tenn. W. Lipscomb Davis Jr. Davis Cabinet 69

Tenn. John C. Dobbs Fourjay 83

Tenn. David B. Ingram Ingram Entertainment 39

Tenn. John T. Lupton Arnold Palmer Golf n/a

Tenn. J. Bransford Wallace Advocat 70

Tenn. Toby S. Wilt TSW Investment 58

Texas John R. Butler Jr. J.R. Butler and Co. 63

Texas James F. Chambers Jr. 89

Texas Peter J. Fluor Fluor 54

Texas John M. Griffith Jr. 66

Texas William R. Howell J. C. Penney, Retired n/a

Texas James W. Keay 80

Texas Edward C. Kennard 83

Texas Ben F. Love Texas Commerce Bancshares, Retired 78

Texas Felix R. McKnight 92

Texas James M. Moroney Jr. Belo, Retired 81

Texas Boone Pickens Mesa Water 74

Texas Lee R. Raymond ExxonMobil 64

Texas Robert H. Stewart III Bank One 76

Texas Edward E. Whitacre Jr. SBC Communications 61

Texas J. Otis Winters Dynegy 69

Va. William C. Battle Ivy Foundation For Biomedical Research U. VA, Retired 70

Va. Howard W. Blauvelt Conoco, Retired n/a

Va. Harry W. Easterly Jr. n/a

Va. David R. Goode Norfolk Southern 61

Va. David P. Reynolds Reynolds Metal Company, Retired n/a

Va. W. Thomas Rice Seaboard Coast Line Industries, Retired n/a

Va. Robert H. Spilman Jr. Bassett Furniture n/a

Vt. James G. Affleck American Cyanamid, Retired 79

Vt. Andrew C. Sigler Champion, Retired 70

Wash. Richard P. Cooley Bank of America's Seafirst Bank, Retired 78

Wash. Bill Gates Microsoft Corp. 47

Wash. Charles M. Pigott Paccar, Retired 73

Wash. Mark C. Pigott PACCAR 49

Wis. Virgis W. Colbert Miller Brewing Co. 63

Wis. James E. Reinhart 48

Wyo. Richard E. Heckert DuPont Co, Retired n/a

Wyo. John K. McKinley ChevronTexaco, Retired n/a

Canada David M. Culver Alcan Aluminum Ltd 78

Canada Richard M. Thomson Nexen, Retired n/a

England Ronald Hampel n/a

England Gordon B.B. Jeffrey n/a

England H. Colin Maclaine n/a

England Wolfgang Reitzle Linde Ag n/a

France Jean-Marie Tine n/a

Ireland Ian W.L. Webb n/a

S. Africa Ivor R. Jones n/a

Scotland W. Ronald Alexander n/a

Scotland Michael F. Bonallack Royal and Ancient Golf Club n/a

Scotland J. Stewart Lawson n/a

Very well heeled, rich and powerful wouldn't you agree?


**Edited for grammar and spelling

Edited by Gary Loughran
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Hi Gary

Although I have always understod, at least partly, the exclusivity of this group.....I have never been alert or clever enough to see the true POWER that is here assembled. Golf is definitely on the sidebar !

This is a faction of power that cannot be placed in the back seat. A very alert comparison to Skull and Bones.

I would hate to even imagine the decisions discussed here that have enabled the continued disenfranchisement of what was once the "American Middle Class" !

I am probably most disheartened however with myself. I once truly believed that this was a republic that was truly "Of, For, and By the People of these United States" ! I truly believed this.

I was also foolish enough to believe that the true path to success was thru hard work, intelligence, and loyalty ! I even believed that anyone American born, could become President of The United States.

Looking back now, I realize that I could not have been TAUGHT these lies. I no doubt merely MISUNDERSTOOD !

Charlie Black

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