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Unraveling Tall Tales

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / March 10, 2024 /

Download PDF Unraveling Tall Tales A 21st Century Investigation into the Disputable Masonic Claims that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett Were Freemasons John W. Bizzack, Ph.D..     PREFACE In matters of history, even a casual concern for accuracy can have staggering rippling effects. Unless proven otherwise, often what is continually reported will be taken…

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The Intersecting Masonic and Politcal World of Henry Clay

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / March 10, 2024 /

Download PDF Searching for the Intersecting Masonic and Political World of Henry Clay John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble This research appears in The Rubicon Masonic Society Transactions, Volume 1, 2023. The research is a product of the collaborative work between Lexington Lodge No.1, the William O. Ware Lodge of Research, and the…

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Major John Belli

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / March 9, 2024 /

Download PDF The Enigmatic Life Of Major John Belli Merchant, Solider, Spy and Freemason John W. Bizzack, Ph.D.. The Enigmatic Life of Major John Belli is, in part, an excerpt from How and Why Freemasonry Came to Kentucky, Autumn House Publishing 2014, John W. Bizzack, Ph.D., and Notable Men in Kentucky Who Happened to be…

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Men of Good Timber – As Goes Society, So Goes Freemasonry

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble / March 8, 2024 /

When we refer to the caliber of a good man’s character, his work ethic, resilience, decency, citizenship, faith, family values, and other aspects of what we commonly consider the measure of such a man, we say the man is of good timber.American poet and short-story writer, Douglas Malloch, is credited with bringing that term into popular usage in his 1922 poem, “Good Timber.” The significance of the poem is Malloch’s use of a sagely metaphor that reminds us that, like a tree, a man must consistently bear up against strong winds and other elements of his surroundings, and develop deep roots to nourish growth if he is to live an upright life of value, upon which a premium may be placed. Men who strive hard to surmount struggles of their sum and substance become, like trees, good timber. Some interpret Malloch’s work as a reminder that life without hardship is one of unfulfilled potential.

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What Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time – Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 31, 2023 /

From 1793-1805, England’s growing concern and fear of invasion by Napoleon’s enormous army and navy resulted in Parliament authorizing several watch stations to be built along the English coast and manned by civil servants. The purpose of these watch stations and duties of the lookouts was to serve as the early warning system to an invasion fully expected to arrive by way of the English Channel. Napoleon’s plan to invade England,however, was sidetracked in 1805 as he became more focused on his military campaigns in Austria and Egypt. In 1815, the English army defeated Napoleon once and for all at the Battle of Waterloo and the threat of an invasion completely disappeared.

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Feeds, Functions And Fraternity Politics – The Way We’ve Always Done It?

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 31, 2023 /

Surely the founders of Freemasonry and the authors and revisers of our ritual must have given due regard to this basic problem of life when they designed the ceremonies whereby candidates are inducted into our Craft. Certainly, the central theme of all our rituals is the leading of those blinded by the darkness of ignorance, and bound by the cords of superstition, out into the uplifting light of truth and knowledge. Who can justly deny the design of Freemasonry’s educational aims and activities; but some may doubt whether we are placing proper emphasis on the fundamental objectives of our Fraternity today?

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The Enigmatic Life Of Major John Belli: Merchant, Solider, Spy And Freemason

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 30, 2023 /

Had it not been for one sentence appearing in the first published history of Lexington Lodge No. 1 in 1913, John Belli would be but a mere footnote in the history of the first Masonic Lodge in Kentucky. One-thousand copies of J.W. Norwood’s Concise History of Lexington Lodge No. 1, F & A.M – Showing, Without Rhetorical Fog, The Spirit of the Work in Lexington for the Past Century and a Quarter. Norwood, a historian, and Junior Warden of the lodge at the time, coordinated a three-year effort to collect records and images of the 125 years of history of the lodge. Although assisted by others, he is considered the author. One-hundred and eleven years later, only three original copies of the publication are known to exist.

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Making Better A Good Man – Walking The Walk

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 30, 2023 /

To become a member of the Masonic Fraternity a man must meet the qualifications as established in his Masonic Jurisdiction, be unanimously approved by the body of the Lodge to which he applies, pay the fees required, and be initiated. If he proves proficient in the first two degrees, he may advance to the degree of Master Mason. Once made a Master Mason, he can call himself a Mason for the rest of his life, as long as he pays his annual dues and remains in good standing with his Lodge. He can, if he wishes, then apply for membership in appendant bodies, and, if admitted and advanced through their processes, pays his annual dues, and remains a member of a regularly chartered Masonic lodge, also remain a member of the appendant body for the rest of his life.

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Cold Stoves Give No Heat – What Determines Our Rewards In Life?

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 30, 2023 /

In the late 1960s, Earl Nightingale spoke every day for ten minutes on a radio show called, Our Changing World. I was a cadet in a military school at the time. My roommates and I listened to Nightingale’s calm, baritone voice, every morning for five years while preparing for class. Nightingale was on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was one of fifteen surviving Marines on board that day. Following the war, he pursued a career in into radio and within a decade, he became well-known commentator, writer, speaker, and author of his time – dealing mostly on the subjects of human character development, motivation,excellence, and meaningful existence. Since the 1960s, his books, translated into thirty different languages, have sold millions around the world. His program, Our Changing World was heard in over twenty-three countries and was the biggest syndicated radio program in the history of
broadcasting.

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High Twelve For American Freemasonry

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 30, 2023 /

Recognizing there is a problem exists is the first step toward solving it. Problems, big and small, are all around us, if, that is, we choose to notice them. Interestingly, the big ones that one might think could not possibly go unnoticed and addressed, are the ones that have too often lingered for generations. But when we are more driven by how we think things are, or ought to be, and not by the facts or truth staring us in the face, that happens. In the study of organizational behavior, it is not uncommon to find old and new institutions that are quick to react to external influences affecting them in a negative or positive manner.

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