A group of Master Masons talk about topics of Masonic interest--each from their own unique perspective. You'll find a wide range of subjects including history, trivia, travel, book reviews, great quotes, and hopefully a little humor as well on topics of interest for Freemasons and those interested in the subject of Freemasonry.
History as we know it is littered
with famous Freemasons. In fact our originator Brother Todd E. Creason has a
great book series which showcases some of the best. In one of his recent posts
to the Midnight Freemasons, he talks a bit about the Civil War and how a
brother had actually started it. It was a great piece. It was interesting to
read about James Buchanan and how he wasn’t that great a Freemason or
president. Which is why Brother Todd decided to not cover him.
It also prompted me to reflect on
the few Brothers that I also did not showcase because I didn’t consider them to
be true. You remember when you were asked "Where were you first prepared
to become a Mason?" These men to which I am referring to, I just don’t
know about. They include names like, Wozniak, Wilks, Richards, Arnold, and
Weems the lists go on.
Woz--the genius behind Apple
I love Apple as a company and I
love Steve Wozniak, but I chose not to mention him because he was quoted as
saying that he only joined the Freemasons so he could sit within theEastern Star with his wife and that he didn't
take anything seriously in regards to Freemasonic ritual.
Bobby Wilks was found guilty in
defrauding families and defiling the dead when he buried them with trash in
their coffins.Michael Richards went off
the deep end in a comedy routine which cost him his career.Then there’s Benedict Arnold, who was a
brilliant military strategist who defected to Great Britain during the
Revolutionary War, thus ignoring his oath to the country. And who can forget Mason
Locke Weems who falsified stories and lied about his relationship with George
Washington in order to sell his biography of George Washington shortly after
Locke Weens' biography of Washington more fiction than fact
Luckily for us the list of great
Freemasons overshadows those of our not so greats. An interesting point to make
here is that when I do the famous Freemasons segment on the show, I look for
famous people that almost everyone has heard of. But it’s hard because almost
every Freemason I know today is famous in their own right. Meaning, they work
hard, many people know of them and they are extremely intelligent, outspoken
and truly wonderful human beings. What makes someone famous? A notable event
that they helped in? Or perhaps they were instrumental in something being
accomplished? Regardless of these facts, I think we all know a few famous
Conversely, we may know of some
brothers that have failed. Let us hope for the future that we have more bright
shining stars than black holes. Let us remember the brothers that failed, their
mistakes have made the right path more visible.
Sir Knight Robert Johnson
is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He
belongs to Waukegan Lodge No. 78. He is also a member of the York Rite
bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar. Brother Johnson
currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) Whence Came You?
which focuses on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he
produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and
writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is a husband and
father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a
photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is also working on two books, one is of a Masonic nature.