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Jun 17, 2013 - Famous Masons    No Comments

Michael Baigent (February 27, 1948 – June 17, 2013)

baigentMichael Baigent, best-selling author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, former Freemasonry Today editor, and speculative theorist passed away last night.

Brother Christopher Hodapp, author of one of the best books on Freemasonry – Freemasons for Dummies, wrote that “Brother Baigent’s books literally changed the way the world thought, and was arguably responsible for Dan Brown’s success with the Da Vinci Code. His thought provoking works will be missed.”

Brother Baigent (February 27, 1948 – June 17, 2013) authored and co-authored a ton of of books that questioned the generally accepted perception we have of religion and history.  One of his best known works is as co-author with Richard Leigh of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

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General Santa Anna – Yes, THAT One From The Alamo – Was a Freemason

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna - WikipediaA tip o’ the Master’s Hat to Christopher Hodapp (author of one of the best books on Freemasonry – Freemasons for Dummies – and an all around great guy as wel as a snappy dresser) for posting a link to the Sacramento Bee article over on his blog HERE.  I read the SacBee every day, and yet I managed to miss this the first time around.  How is that even possible?

The importance of this news – in addition to giving the crazy-assed conspiracy nutbags another rawhide to chew on while they pore through lists of Famous Freemasons to find some new matchstick to ignite their hate and ignorance even further – is that it lends a certain amount of credence to the legend that General Santa Anna avoided execution after the Battle of San Jacinto (1836) by the use of a so-called “Masonic sign of distress,” and then by giving “secret Masonic signs” privately to General Sam Houston to confirm that he – Santa Anna – was indeed a Freemason.

That’s some pretty heady stuff, considering Freemasons who were at the Battle of the Alamo: Read more »

Mar 1, 2011 - Famous Masons    No Comments

History of Freemasonry in California: California’s First Mason

Before the Grand Lodge of California came into existence in 1850, the first Masons began arriving in the area. While there were many Masons who came to California, first Master Mason to arrive and settle in the area permanently was Brother Abel Sterrns.

Nicknamed “Cara de Caballo” (“Horse Face”) for his “long-jawed countenance,” Brother Stearns was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. He was raised to Master Mason, as far as records indicate, in Salem, MA. He moved from Salem to colonial Mexico, where he became a naturalized citizen.

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Feb 27, 2011 - Famous Masons    1 Comment

Brother Frank Buckles, WWI Veteran, Freemason

On February 27, 2011, Frank Woodruff Buckles passed away. At the time of his death, he was one of three surviving World War I veterans in the world, and the only American of the group of veterans. He was 110 years old.

Buckles enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 at the age of 17. He shipped over to Europe on the RMS Carpathia (the ship which responded to and rescued survivors from the RMS Titanic only five years before), where he served with 1st Fort Riley Casual Detachment driving motorcycles and ambulances in England and France.

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