Yesterday we traced the interaction of Boliver B. O'Rear from 1947 to his death in 1958, as an ex-employee of the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. He then left Washington, DC to become a private lawyer and auditor in Los Angeles, California who vetted the real estate and media acquisitions of Herbert W. Armstrong.
Bolivar B. O'Rear left the obscurity of a small town in Alabama called Jasper to begin his training and life work courtesy of the United States government, in preparation for a continuing career in obscurity that was ahead of him in California. During this same period of time, an obscure ex-advertising salesman named Herbert W. Armstrong was beginning his career as an obscure ordained minister for a tiny and obscure breakaway church denomination from which he would then break away into further obscurity.
From these obscure paths emerged the sound of a network of polemical radio monologues on offshore broadcasting ships and structures surrounding the island of Great Britain during the Nineteen Sixties.
Following their demise, Herbert W. Armstrong then embarked upon a new career hosting the likes of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby at his own 'Carnegie Hall of the West' for transmission by U.S. network television. During this same period of time Armstrong continued to appear on his own polemical television show. Armstrong was also jetting around the world as 'Ambassador without portfolio for world peace' to meet many political heads of state.
His rhetoric about the political consequences of uniting Europe and even its Brexit breakaway by Britain, predated anything ever uttered much later by Nigel Farage (who was born in 1964.) Armstrong's geopolitical invisible journey's in the Middle East paralleled the more visible movements of Henry Kissinger. Long before former U.S. Vice President Al Gore shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize in the name of 'Climate Change', there was Herbert W. Armstrong banging that same noisy drum.
How this happened without the influence of an outside guiding force is an enigma, because Herbert W. Armstrong was not clever enough to pull this achievement off all by himself. His explanation was that he was doing 'The Work' of God, and therefore nothing was impossible.
His first son David joined his father in his activities, but then David died in a car crash during the Nineteen Fifties. His later-to-be famous son Garner Ted, who appeared on the airwaves of the world, initially wanted nothing to do with his father's crazy religion. His first choice of career was to engage in a disappearing act by joining to the U.S. Navy during the United Nations' War in Korea. At that time back home, Bolivar B. O'Rear was controlling the legal and financial affairs of his father.
Garner Ted's second choice of career after leaving the Navy, was attempting to become a pop star. It was only after failing to succeed in that endeavor that that he threw in the towel and then joined his father's enterprise. He was a chip off his father's cynical block with his approaches to both religion and sex. Garner Ted was a playboy dressed up as an evangelist.
Over the years several well-known people have also become entangled in this mess, and they include the likes of world chess champion Bobby Fischer. But when the antics of the Armstrong family are compared to the documented record of thuggery; debauchery and murder in the name of the Papacy ruling the Roman Catholic Church, they pale into insignificance. But this is stated not to attack that denomination, but to show that sex, money and the recriminations of man-made religions, all seem to walk hand-in-glove.
However, the outward impact of Armstrong's coming utopia of a thousand years was being manifest, according to Herbert W. Armstrong on the campus of Ambassador College. It was that outward model of seeming perfection on earth which became enough to snare the son of the former head of UK Naval Intelligence, Sir Anthony Buzzard. The eponymous younger Buzzard attended Ambassador College and then joined its faculty. After his father died, he also inherited his title.
Country singer Merle Haggard became so impressed that he co-wrote 'Okie from Muskogee' with the Ambassador College campus in mind. Haggard also wrote another of his songs after his friend and mentor Garner Ted Armstrong died, because, claimed Haggard, Garner Ted had become both his personal friend and a 'professor' who made sense of world events.
But long before all those events, it was during the years that Herbert W. Armstrong was ascending from the obscurity of a small town in Oregon and where his wife had give birth to a daughter, that the sinister side of Herbert took root. His unhealthy relationship to his daughter remained a secret until the dawn of the Eighties, and it became a syndicated news story after attorneys for the second wife of Herbert W. Armstrong tried to introduce it as evidence during her Arizona divorce case.
The reason for including this sub-story is because it is part of a huge amount of evidence which reveals that Herbert W. Armstrong was not who he claimed to be.
In the 1920s he did become an advertising salesman who learned how to write text that could sell other peoples' products. Then, as the Great Depression took hold in the 1930s, he switched to writing copy about his own ethereal product - after he got a Church to ordain him.
Below left is a full-page newspaper ad written by Herbert W. Armstrong in a style using CAPITAL letters that he continued to use for the rest of his life. Next to it is his Ministerial License Certificate which he was given - before getting kicked-out of that denomination and starting his own offshoot. The cause of that theological disagreement was his belief in British-Israelism.
This move into religion would paint Herbert as a very cynical manipulator of minds, and an extremely successful confidence trickster. But did others who were equally manipulative and cynical know this? Was Herbert W. Armstrong a willing puppet on their financial string?
The hard evidence says "yes" to all of the above.
By the time Herbert W. Armstrong got to Pasadena, California, the adjoining part of Los Angeles called Hollywood, was waiting for him. So were the doyens of black and grey broadcasting propaganda. Who they were; what they were up to, and how Herbert W. Armstrong fit into their master plan for U.S. propaganda during the Cold War of the Nineteen Fifties, will be explained as this Blog continues each day.