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  • wingover 11:50 am on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Bohemian Grove 

    Nixon’s views on gays come as no surprise :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Richard Roeper.

    Nixon: “The Bohemian Grove . . . is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine. . . . It’s just terrible. I mean, I don’t even want to shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.”

  • wingover 11:06 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Forbes: Bohemian Grove and Burning Man 


    Some call Burning Man “the Bohemian Grove for the next generation.” The original is a northern California retreat founded in 1878 and still frequented each year by artists, musicians, heads of state and corporate titans. Its motto, “Weaving spiders come not here,” means “This isn’t a place to talk business.” But at both gatherings, webs are woven anyway.

  • wingover 11:02 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    September 11, 1995 

    On The Right — NR.

    Miss Dowd noted that Mr. Gingrich would spend the weekend at the Bohemian Grove, “the exclusive men’s club in northern California. . . . The camp is a saturnalia of juvenilia, with a lot of old white rich guys running around naked and in sheets, costumed as Druids. They drink dawn-to-dusk gin fizzes, relieve themselves on redwoods, and put on theatricals where they dress up like women.”

    I lowered my voice. “In the years I’ve been going to the Bohemian Club,” I whispered, “I have seen men naked only in the shower, and now I’ll tell you something in confidence.” Her eyes hungered for my revelation. The camera whirred. “The Admissions Committee of the Bohemian Grove does not like to admit to membership people who shower with their clothes on.” Miss Stahl simply smiled, gamely.

    Did Maureen Dowd believe that men in the Grove go about naked? No, she did not. Two days before her story appeared she telephoned an old friend, an ex-member of the Club, who told her the naked business was sheer fantasy — “It just doesn’t happen.” Perhaps Miss Dowd thought to be cute by perpetuating the legend, and in a way she succeeded, and I’d even go so far as to deny that she was at this point sickeningly cute.

    Saturnalia? Those in the Bohemian Grove who drink gin fizzes all day long (I know of two) drink gin fizzes from dawn to dusk wherever they are. A drunkard need not bother to travel to California in order to indulge his habit. But then Miss Dowd would rather spice up her column than report facts, proving only that the antagonism to Newt conquers all, even if it does not excuse all.

  • wingover 2:18 am on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Bohemian Grove Location 

    20601 Bohemian Avenue, in Monte Rio, California

  • wingover 10:02 pm on January 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Clint Eastwood and Bohemian Grove 

    Members only / S.F.’s exclusive clubs carry on traditions of fellowship, culture — and discrimination.

    S.F.’s exclusive clubs carry on traditions of fellowship, culture — and discrimination
    Adair Lara, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Sunday, July 18, 2004

    Members: George H.W. Bush; Gerald Ford; Henry Kissinger; Donald Rumsfeld; George Shultz; Alexander Haig; Colin Powell; rocker Steve Miller;Clint Eastwood.

    Bohemian Club

    Addresses: 624 Taylor St, and the Bohemian Grove, 75 miles northwest of San Francisco and just downstream from Guerneville

    Membership: 2,700 (1 member per acre)

    Waiting list: 3,000

    Average number of years on waiting list: 15 to 20

    Members: George H.W. Bush; Gerald Ford; Henry Kissinger; Donald Rumsfeld; George Shultz; Alexander Haig; Colin Powell; rocker Steve Miller;Clint Eastwood.

    Slogan: “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.”

    Books to read about it: “The Bohemian Grove” by G. William Domhoff and “The Greatest Men’s Party on Earth” by John van der Zee.

    Accept minorities: Yes, especially if they can play an instrument.

    Best place to spy: Put your canoe in the Russian River at Northwood, just west of Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, and head downstream past their floating boathouse. TheBohemians couldn’t buy the whole river. One suspects they are irked by this fact.

    San Francisco Golf Club

    Address: Brotherhood Way and Junipero Serra Boulevard

    Founded: 1895

    Membership: 300

    Good movie for them to watch: “Gentlemen’s Agreement”

    Historical tidbit: Hole 7 is site of the last official duel in California, between Sen. David S. Broderick and California Supreme Court Justice David S. Terry in 1859

    Pacific-Union Club

    Address: 1000 California St.

    Founded: 1881, when the Pacific Club (1852) and the Union Club (1854) joined ranks.

    Membership: 775

    Members: David Packard, Ronald Pelosi, Peter McGowan, Henry Kaiser, Walter Haas, five Bechtels

    General manager: Tom Gaston Jr.

    Admit women: No

    Slogan: None

    Dues: “They keep raising them because nobody cares,” said member George Livermore.

    Protests: Four years ago, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence carried huge altered portraits of the members dressed in gowns to complain that the city’s transvestites had no access to the club. “After all, just because you have a dress on doesn’t mean you don’t like to enjoy the club’s osso bucco and Grgich reds,” noted Supervisor Tom Ammiano.

    Movies: Has a cameo in “Vertigo.”

    Olympic Club

    Addresses: 524 Post St. and 599 Skyline Blvd. on Highway 35 near Palo Mar Stables

    Membership: 6,000

    Founded: 1860

    Slogan: “O Realm Where Stalwart Manhood Rules.”

    Stalwart womanhood: Yes, since 1992

    Web site: http://www.olyclub.com

    Fun facts: The women’s Metropolitan Club and the Olympic Club

    talked about merging about 20 years ago. The Metropolitan Club

    (formerly the Women’s Athletic Club) turned the boys down.

    This article appeared on page A – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

  • wingover 11:56 pm on January 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Rumsfeld mentions Bohemian Grove 

    DefenseLink News Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Remarks at the Hudson Institute’s Presentation of the James Doolittle Award.

    Now, the truth be told, I’ve been around so long that I also knew Jimmy Doolittle. (Light laughter.) I had several opportunities to visit with him. My recollection is it was out at Bohemian Grove, where he would attend periodically, and we’d pass and visit. He was always so interested. So I do thank you for this fine award which bears his distinguished name.

  • wingover 9:58 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Harry Shearer and George Wendt at Bohemian Grove 


    Shearer may be best known as the co-creator and co-star of the classic mock-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. But he’s also appeared in films like The Truman Show, Independence Day, The Right Stuff, and Edtv. And for the past 13 years, he has provided the voices of Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders on The Simpsons.

    Shearer isn’t the only one involved with the film who has attended the Bohemian Grove. George Wendt, best known as Norm in the television sitcom Cheers, plays the alcohol-swilling Gen. Gerberding. And he agrees with the accuracy of Shearer’s script: “I’ve been up to Bohemian Grove, and it’s a lot like this. They even had protesters out in front of the gates. It was a bizarre experience to pee on a tree with Henry Kissinger and slam drinks with William F. Buckley.”

  • wingover 9:00 pm on November 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    FPI trying to acquire 9 clips of Bohemian Grove footage 


    (type bohemian grove in search box)

  • wingover 10:07 pm on November 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Bohemian Grove, summer camp for powerful 



    Published: Friday, July 25, 2008 at 3:41 a.m.
    Last Modified: Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 10:33 a.m.

    On July 29, 1995, former President George H.W. Bush stood beside a small lake ringed by towering redwoods and spoke to hundreds of wealthy and powerful men at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio.

    Giving the final Lakeside Talk of the two-week summer encampment, Bush, a longtime Bohemian Club member, introduced his son George to the all-male crowd of American business, professional, social and political heavyweights.

    “He used the occasion to say that his son George W. Bush would make a great president some day,” according to G. Wil-liam Domhoff’s chronicle of the Grove, subtitled “The Power Elite at Summer Camp.”

    Conspiracy theorists would connect the dots between that event on a languid summer afternoon in Sonoma County to the younger Bush’s ascension to the White House in 2000.

    They would likely have a field day with former President Richard Nixon’s assertion, in his own memoirs, that his Lakeside Talk to the Bohemians in 1967 “marked the first milestone on my road to the presidency,” which he won the following year.

    Nixon, in a less-charitable mood, groused on his secret tapes that the Bohemian Club “is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine.”

    But whether the presidential anecdotes prove that the Bohemians, while strolling — and boozing — among 1,500-year-old redwoods along the Russian River are also plotting the future of the free world is subject to debate.

    The 2008 encampment, which ends Sunday, found the San Francisco-based club embroiled in a local controversy, as well, over a proposed logging plan for the 2,700-acre wooded retreat.

    Domhoff, a UC Santa Cruz sociologist who studies power and politics in America, dismisses the notion that capitalist schemes and military endeavors are plotted during the encampments, which date back to the 1890s.

    “They’re not out there talking about big things,” Domhoff said, describing the Grove as “an Elks Club for the rich; a fraternity party in the woods.”

    These men have plenty of other venues for dealmaking, such as corporate boardrooms, Capitol Hill back rooms and country clubs, he said.

    True, said Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State University sociologist who did his dissertation on Bohemian Grove 14 years ago. Powercrats may not need the summer encampment to make hay, but they take advantage of it.

    “There’s extensive discussion of public policy every day,” said Phillips, who was invited to the Bohemians’ Spring Jinks weekend in June 1994. “I heard a lot of business talk.”

    Most Bohemians are “ordinary rich guys,” but about one in five is a corporate CEO, top government official or other plenipotentiary, the vast majority of them Republicans, Phillips said. The club also welcomes a spate of musicians, actors and other artists as associate members to keep the plutocrats entertained.

    The Grove’s harshest critics, who allege devil worship and even child sacrifice transpires under the trees, are “nonsensical,” Domhoff said.

    And the often-told tale that the atomic bomb was born at the Grove is off the mark, he said. The Manhattan Project was under way when bomb planners met there in an off-season month, with no other Bohemians present, Domhoff and Phillips said.

    On the three weekends of the summer encampment, the peak attendance period, about 2,000 Bohemians — many arriving by corporate jet at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport — head for their woodsy and highly secretive retreat.

    They inhabit about 120 camps, most along a road winding through the Grove’s valley, and others scattered on spur roads in the hills. Each camp has a clubhouse, campfire area, a cluster of cabins and tents for sleeping and a bar, typically featuring a specialty drink made with the finest alcohol.

    Members are cordial, Phillips said.

    “You walk in anywhere and they want you to drink,” he said.

    Security is tight, although not foolproof. In any conversation with a Bohemian, an outsider would be quickly undone by questions about what camp and which members he or she was with, Phillips said.

    Alex Shoumatoff, a writer for Vanity Fair, was apprehended after sneaking into the Grove on July 12 and reportedly asking the wrong sort of questions.

    In years past, the list of Lakeside Talk speakers circulated fairly freely but is now closely guarded, Grove observers say.

    For the summer encampment, the Bohemian Club hires about 600 people, typically including more than 400 high school and college-age youths, a club official said two years ago. Wages begin at $10.50 to $12.25 an hour, and with overtime employees can make $1,500, he said.

    In 1981, the club was ordered by a state employment commission to hire women, but their movement while at work within the Grove is highly restricted.

    What transpires around Grove campfires, among an intriguing cast of characters, remains very private. In 1970, for example, Walter Hickel, then secretary of the interior involved in negotiations over the Santa Barbara oil spill, was the guest of Bohemian Fred Hartley, president of Union Oil, the company responsible for the spill, Domhoff said.

    It’s the secrecy that motivated Mary Moore of Camp Meeker, co-founder of the Bohemian Grove Action Network, to organize protests at the Grove gate from 1980 to 2006.

    “It’s not the only place where stuff gets discussed behind closed doors, but it’s the one in our back yard,” she said.

    Moore, 73, said she gave up organizing the protests in favor of working on other issues and enjoying her grandchildren.

    “We’ve made our point,” she said.

    Foremost among the network’s concerns were the Lakeside Talks, delivered by captains of industry, science, government and law enforcement, former presidents, a Supreme Court justice and even a Saudi prince.

    The talks are “public policy ideas floated without public scrutiny,” Moore said.

    In a July 2006 talk, Lynn Orr of Stanford University forecast a renewal of nuclear power to generate electricity without carbon emissions, an idea that has recently gained attention, Moore said.

    “I like full transparency in government and among the policy elite,” Phillips said. Bohemian Grove is stunningly beautiful, but “it is not very transparent.”

    For Nixon, his off-the-record speech by the lake provided a rebound from his 1960 loss to John Kennedy.

    “It was an emotional assignment for me,” Nixon wrote in his memoirs, “and also an unparalleled opportunity to reach some of the most important and influential men, not just from California but from across the country.”

    You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com.

  • wingover 12:40 am on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Top Federal Reserve officials at Bohemian Grove 


    Part of it might come from the course’s proximity to Bohemian Grove, the secret luxury campground site of the Bohemian Club, one of most exclusive and powerful all-male clubs in history with many presidents, top Federal Reserve officials and major military contractors having been members. Many of these extremely powerful figures have come over to play golf at Northwood over the years.

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