"To preserve the reputation of the Fraternity unsullied must be your constant care."


“The Masonic system represents a stupendous and beautiful fabric, founded on universal purity, to rule and direct our passions, to have faith and love in God, and charity toward man.”
— William Howard Taft

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tiny Solomon's Temple Artifact Discovered


A 3,000 year old stone weight called a 'beka' – mentioned in the Bible and dating from the time of King Solomon's Temple – has recently been discovered from the base of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The tiny round stone was used as a half-shekel weight to calculate the visitor's tax for pilgrims coming to the Temple around 1000 BC. It was discovered by a volunteer in the City of David’s sifting project in Jerusalem’s Emek Tzurim National Park, which carefully attempts to examine every bit of dirt and rubble excavated around the Mount's base.

The word “beka” appears twice in the Torah: first as the weight of gold in a nose ring given to matriarch Rebecca in the Book of Genesis, and later in the Book of Exodus as a weight for the donation brought by the Jewish people for the maintenance of the Temple and the census, as recorded in Exodus 38, Verse 26: “One beka per head; [that is,] half a shekel, according to the holy shekel, for each one who goes through the counting, from 20 years old and upward, for 603,550 [people].”
Curiously, the Hebrew letter bet is inscribed in reverse from its usual appearance, leading archeologists to believe it was pressed into wet clay from a seal that had not been created in a proper mirror image. 
During this era, there was no half-shekel coin. Pilgrims brought the equivalent weight, a beka, in silver to pay their tax, which would have been measured out on scales in the very spot under the Temple Mount where the tiny stone weight was unearthed.
The ‘beka’ biblical weight stone was discovered in earth taken from a 2013
archaeological excavation at the foundations of the Western Wall in a
drainage ditch directly under the Robinson’s Arch. The sifting of that same dirt
continues today in search of more artifacts from the period of the First Temple.
 Archaeologist Eli Shukron directed the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He told The Times of Israel that no other similar weights had previously been found with this exact inscription. 
Shukron said in a press release, “When the half-shekel tax was brought to the Temple during the First Temple period, there were no coins, so they used silver ingots. In order to calculate the weight of these silver pieces they would put them on one side of the scales and on the other side they placed the Beka weight. The Beka was equivalent to the half-shekel, which every person from the age of 20 years and up was required to bring to the Temple.”
The entire article can be read HERE. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fraternalism and Civics


Several weeks back, Alice and I made our monthly stop at the local bookstore (remember those things?), and I was taken in by the headline on the cover of the October edition of Atlantic Monthly: 'Is Democracy Dying?'

The magazine is freighted too heavily with politically partisan sniping for my tastes. and too many of the writers want to use their own visceral biases to twist their theses. But if you can you get past that, the issue explores a basic societal problem we currently face in America. Mainly, Americans don't know — or care to know — how their own communities, states and nation are supposed to work anymore. We've lost the keys to the Republic, and there it sits in the driveway, up on blocks, rusting away, while the neighborhood kids bust out the windows and steal the tires.

If you think I exaggerate, go to the website of what passes for your local newspaper these days and try to find a daily or even weekly summary of actions at your statehouse or city council meeting. Such news used to be a staple of basic local reporting, but no more.

In particular, take note of the article, Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore by Yoni Applebaum. The author makes the strong connection between the Golden Age of Fraternalism and the greatest level of civic engagement in American history. Whether we all knew it or not, the Freemasons, the Knights of Pythias, the Odd fellows - we were all teaching Americans how to govern the Republic. And we're now living out what happens when democratic people all decide "I'm not much of a joiner."

Or as Ben Franklin told the lady who asked him what the Continental Congress had given America in 1787, a republic or a monarchy, "A republic, if you can keep it."

I don't want to paste the whole article here, but let me put a major excerpt up just in case Atlantic's website vanishes in the night:
Like most habits, democratic behavior develops slowly over time, through constant repetition. For two centuries, the United States was distinguished by its mania for democracy: From early childhood, Americans learned to be citizens by creating, joining, and participating in democratic organizations. But in recent decades, Americans have fallen out of practice, or even failed to acquire the habit of democracy in the first place. The results have been catastrophic. As the procedures that once conferred legitimacy on organizations have grown alien to many Americans, contempt for democratic institutions has risen...

in the early years of the United States, Europeans made pilgrimages to the young republic to study its success. How could such a diverse and sprawling nation flourish under a system of government that originated in small, homogeneous city-states?

One after another, they seized upon the most unfamiliar aspect of American culture: its obsession with associations. To almost every challenge in their lives, Americans applied a common solution. They voluntarily bound themselves together, adopting written rules, electing officers, and making decisions by majority vote. This way of life started early. “Children in their games are wont to submit to rules which they have themselves established, and to punish misdemeanors which they have themselves defined,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America. “The same spirit pervades every act of social life.”

By the latter half of the 19th century, more and more of these associations mirrored the federal government in form: Local chapters elected representatives to state-level gatherings, which sent delegates to national assemblies. “Associations are created, extended, and worked in the United States more quickly and effectively than in any other country,” marveled the British statesman James Bryce in 1888. These groups had their own systems of checks and balances. Executive officers were accountable to legislative assemblies; independent judiciaries ensured that both complied with the rules. One typical 19th-century legal guide, published by the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order, compiled 2,827 binding precedents for use in its tribunals.

The model proved remarkably adaptable. In business, shareholders elected boards of directors in accordance with corporate charters, while trade associations bound together independent firms. Labor unions chartered locals that elected officers and dispatched delegates to national gatherings. From churches to mutual insurers to fraternities to volunteer fire companies, America’s civic institutions were run not by aristocratic elites who inherited their offices, nor by centrally appointed administrators, but by democratically elected representatives.

Civic participation was thus the norm, not the exception. In 1892, the University of Georgia’s president, Walter B. Hill, reported (with perhaps only slight exaggeration) that he’d made a test case of a small town “and found that every man, woman, and child (above ten years of age) in the place held an office—with the exception of a few scores of flabby, jellyfish characters.” America, he concluded, is “a nation of presidents.”

This nation of presidents—and judges, representatives, and recording secretaries—obsessed over rules and procedures. Offices turned over at the end of fixed terms; new organizations were constantly formed. Ordinary Americans could expect to find themselves suddenly asked to join a committee or chair a meeting...

Democracy had become the shared civic religion of a people who otherwise had little in common. Its rituals conferred legitimacy regardless of ideology; they could as readily be used to monopolize markets or advance the cause of nativism as to aid laborers or defend the rights of minorities. The Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP relied on similar organizational forms.

Time and again, groups excluded from democratic government turned to democratic governance to practice and press for equal citizenship. In the 1790s, a group of New Yorkers locked in debtors’ jail adopted their own version of the new Constitution, governing themselves with dignity despite their imprisonment.

[snip]

But the United States is no longer a nation of joiners. As the political scientist Robert Putnam famously demonstrated in Bowling Alone, participation in civic groups and organizations of all kinds declined precipitously in the last decades of the 20th century. The trend has, if anything, accelerated since then; one study found that from 1994 to 2004, membership in such groups fell by 21 percent. And even that likely understates the real decline, as a slight uptick in passive memberships has masked a steeper fall in attendance and participation. The United States is no longer a nation of presidents, either. In a 2010 census survey, just 11 percent of respondents said that they had served as an officer or been on a committee of any group or organization in the previous year...

Volunteerism, church attendance, and social-media participation are not schools for self-government; they do not inculcate the habits and rituals of democracy. And as young people participate less in democratically run organizations, they show less faith in democracy itself. In 2011, about a quarter of American Millennials said that democracy was a “bad” or “very bad” way to run a country, and that it was “unimportant” to choose leaders in free and fair elections. By the time Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, Gallup polling showed that Americans’ faith in most of the nation’s major institutions—the criminal-justice system, the press, public schools, all three branches of government—was below the historical average...

Read the entire article HERE. 

Who Wants Books About the Masons Anyway?


Tired of sourpuss stories that talk about how Freemasonry isn't of interest to modern society anymore? 


Just a quick follow up after the 'Masonic Salon of the Book' in Paris (Salon Maçonnique du Livre de Parislast weekend. They had a few people show up for this, the 16th annual book fair dedicated strictly to Freemasonry. 

More than sixty Masonic authors were on hand for the event's ten roundtable discussions, three conferences, thirty publishers, and seventeen of France's various Masonic obediences (regular, recognized, irregular, male, female and mixed). 


The two day program was open to the public.



Here's the punchline.

The Masonic Institute of Paris (Institut Maçonnique de France) reports that some 4,600 visitors attended this event on November 17-18 at La Bellevilloise. Sure looks like somebody's interested in this creaky old fraternity.



You'd think some sharp U.S. Freemasons would be interested in organizing something similar in a large city somewhere and actively promoting it to the public and the fraternity alike.


Where in the World?


This photo has been making the rounds of Masonic media for a couple of weeks, but no one seems to know where it is. It certainly has the look of a tiny lodge. 

If I am reading it correctly, the abbreviation stands for 'Alla Gloria del Grande Architetto dell'Universo,' Italian for 'To the Glory of the Grand Architect of the Universe.' I believe that at least the Grand Orient of Italy commonly uses the abbreviation. On the other hand, I can barely make out the words "Maconerie Gloria Ancien" which would be French. Feel free to disabuse me of any misconceptions. In any case, I'd love to see the interior.

Any informed guesses as to where this is? The front yard certainly looks like it could be Venice...






UPDATE: 11/20/2018 1:50AM

Brother Jose Ruah wins the Internet.

He sent a blog entry that identifies this interesting little lodge in the Grand Orient of the West Amazon of Brazil (Glória do Ocidente do Brasil No Amazonas). Here's an older picture with different signage, and an interior photo of the East.



According to the blog, the water flooded in about 2013, and it received a different exterior treatment then. Here's a clearer photo of its most recent entry which renders the words easier to read.  It's not Italian or French. It's Portuguese.


Watch out about stepping off that porch with one regular step...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Some Unique Masonic Happenings


Since 2015, the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana has organized an annual event with the National Football League and the Indianapolis Colts. This year we are celebrating our bicentennial year of Freemasonry in the state.

On Sunday, November 18th, over 400 Indiana Freemasons carried out an enormous American flag onto the field and unfurled it prior to the opening kick off against the Tennessee Titans. 


Our participants each receive a special Colts jersey emblazoned with a square and compass, and our families and friends are welcomed and encouraged to participate with us.






A video from our first year can be seen on the Grand lodge Facebook page HERE.





Over the weekend, the the 20th and 19th Masonic districts of Florida hosted an outdoor degree conferral at the Masonic Park and Youth Camp in Wimauma. Two brethren were raised in this beautiful setting.




Florida's Masonic Park and Youth Camp is one of a handful of special recreational parks created by Freemasons throughout the United States. Opened in 1969, it has camping facilities, trails, cabins, stables, and recreational vehicle parking. Use of the outdoor Lodge can be requested by Masonic or fraternal organizations, subject to the MPYC Board approval and availability. 

While created by and for Masons, the park is open to the public. Their website is HERE.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Who Would Want An Old Masonic Lodge?


Got a deep-rooted desire to live in a former Masonic lodge? Twenty years ago, I might have jumped at this.




The former home of Alexandria Lodge No. 235 in Alexandria, Indiana is up for sale for the bargain basement price of just $69,000 (CLICK HERE). The lodge itself was absorbed by nearby Frankton Lodge 607 in 2015, but their former Temple was unique. 




The 11,000 square foot building started life as a private home, and its most recent owners essentially restored the front portion to that original use. 



It has been modernized with five bedrooms and a serviceable kitchen, but its truly magnificent woodwork from the original house is throughout the living areas. Looks like the bathrooms could use a major overhaul, and I see lots of ceiling fans and no outdoor compressor, which make me wonder about air conditioning.




But then walk to the back of the house and you will find the whole lodge room intact and virtually untouched and unaltered, added in what appears to have been the 1920s or so.



If the Hodapps didn't want to downsize our current living arrangements, I'd have snapped it up before telling the rest of you about it. In fact, I'd have snapped it up before telling Alice about it. Then we would have had have plenty of space in which she could refuse to speak to me over it for the next 20 years.

It's located at 414 North Harrison Street in the little town of Alexandria. The sale is pending as of the ad today, but maybe you could outbid them. 

Of course, this isn't the only private residence in a former Masonic temple around here. This one is a manageable size, but a California couple and their three kids decided to take on a much more gargantuan temple to make into a home. 



Huntington, Indiana Masonic Temple now a private home



Theresa and Atom Cannizzaro were originally just looking for a Midwest farmhouse surrounded by a couple hundred acres of land. Then the San Diego couple fell in love with the beautiful former Huntington, Indiana Masonic temple that was originally the home of Amity Lodge 483. They took possession of the building in October 2016, and they've been rehabbing it ever since. 


According to a newspaper article from last year, the Cannizzaros bought most of the original furniture along with the building. 


Amity Lodge moved to a smaller building on the edge of town.



The lodge left behind an entire library of books, paperwork including materials from the building’s 1927 dedication, and other bits and pieces of Masonic history. 

The old lodge room.



The dining hall features a small theater stage at the opposite end. The Cannizzaro kids think of it as the world biggest playroom.





1927 newspaper announcing the Temple's dedication.
Freemasons were front page news then.
The family foresees eventually opening a business in the basement, possibly a brewery. They're in no hurry to finish, and it's truly a labor of love. You can follow their story and their projects at www.freemasontomansion.com.

I just find it fascinating that time after time, private individuals manage to buy, renovate and save the very buildings that entire lodges filled with members claim are too expensive or difficult to maintain. Others seem perfectly happy to keep forking hay at our "white elephants." Why do so many Masons seem so willing to cast them off?










So This Is Sixty, Is It?

Eh?! 



As so many Facebook and private e-mail friends have piled on today to wish me a happy birthday, I'd like to thank each and every one of you. With more than 700 already, I've given up trying to go in and acknowledge every one of them.


That said, I now openly admit to turning 60 today, which I suppose is some sort of milestone or millstone, perhaps. In fact, with now 60 of them, I've basically been celebrating birthdays for two months of my lifetime. Sixty is the birthday that is supposed to signal the crossover from "middle aged" into full-fledged geezerhood. You go from "Get off my lawn" and "Aren't you too damned young to be a doctor?" straight into shopping for golf carts and having entire portions of your body independently deciding to give up the ghost and void the warranty. 

When you're 40, you start asking about Viagra. 

At 50, you start forging prescriptions for the stuff, or just demanding it outright with high decibel screams. 

By 60, you can't remember why.

From 60 onward there's more behind us than in front of us, and I've already been scoping out nice burial plots. With a view, just in case. And ostentatious headstone designs. Preferably involving solar powered LED lighting. After a lifetime of lowering property values in every neighborhood I've ever inhabited, I'd at least like to follow through in death. Deceased Russian mobsters seem to be a good inspiration in that regard.

Russian crime lords have the best headstones 

At prior ten year intervals, there have been parties or other special memorable events. When I turned 40, I had just petitioned for the degrees of Freemasonry and would become an Entered Apprentice in another three days. Of course, I had also just purchased my first Chrysler and had two sets of golf clubs in the trunk, so I thought life was all but over then. Just ten years later – on my 50th – I was being interviewed for my first Masonic television show by A&E, and had lunch with the video crew at Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria. 


In the last ten years, I've survived obesity, a 14 pound goiter, heart failure, stomach cancer, partial blindness, partial deafness, drug interaction-induced insanity, and I can't smell anything anymore. By the way, nobody will tell you, but chemo makes your original teeth fall out at random moments, usually at a public dinner right before you are expected to make a speech. All in all, I feel pretty good. I answer to the name "Lucky."


That's how strange life can be when you aren't paying attention. You never know. No one ever knows. 

Which is why a longstanding, common theme of Freemasonry and most major fraternal organizations over the last three centuries has been, in order to live a better life, contemplate Death, and live every day as though it's your last one. That's what all of those skulls and crossbones are about. You find that you don't go to waste that way.

This year, Alice and I will mark this occasion quietly at home. With some of my past health issues, she's been handed a shovel by more pudding-faced doctors and told to take me for one last trip to Disneyland more times than I can shake an ear trumpet at. They even advised me to skip Epcot the last time. Notwithstanding, I'm still kicking and don't intend to shuffle off this mortal coil voluntarily, or anytime soon. I'm perfectly content with not joining the Great Majority until I am completely spent. Forged in the snows of February, we November babies are resilient.

Speaking of ear trumpets, I am scheming for the next millstone birthday, my 65th in 2023. Since that half-decade mark is when the Social Security Administration officially declares you to be a discarded fossil, I'm already planning ahead.

Evelyn Waugh's personal ear trumpet 

At 65, the English author Evelyn Waugh (best known for the two wildly different works, Brideshead Revisited and The Loved One) officially declared himself to be "old." At that point, his son jokingly bought him an old fashioned Victorian ear trumpet, and Waugh carried it the rest of his life. He was known to brandish the thing and punctuate his conversations with it, more than once poking an argumentative adversary in the chest with it. More to the point, when he didn't want to listen to someone anymore, he simply pulled it away from his ear and pretended not to hear them at all. I'm already looking for one.

In truth, I've got better odds than most, which has been bourne out by my surviving multiple and bizarre surgical escapades and fallacious diagnoses over the last ten years. My father made it to 93, and still had his hair and his own teeth when he went. Meanwhile, my mother who is about to turn 90 in January (also in full possession of her choppers and coiffed hair) has already called to demand that I get a haircut. She does this once a week, and has ever since I was four.

If I had an ear trumpet, I'd simply claim I can't hear it anymore.

Friday, November 16, 2018

MSA Issues Disaster Relief Appeal For California


The staggering figures I read before going to bed last night concerning the huge California fires in both the northern and southern parts of that state are horrific: 63 reported dead so far, and 631 people are currently listed as missing. These are far beyond mere brush fires, and more than 9,700 homes have been destroyed.



Consequently, the Masonic Service Association of North America has just issued a new Disaster Relief Appeal for California as of about 11:30AM this morning. It reads:

Most Worshipful Stuart A. Wright, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, has requested the Masonic Service Association of North America to issue a Disaster Relief Appeal. Wildfires have brought unprecedented death and destruction across the state. The Grand Lodge is aiding and assisting their Brothers, their families, and their communities in providing aid and assistance.
Grand Master Wright says, “The wildfires now raging in California are unlike anything we’ve seen before. The 215-square mile Camp Fire in Northern California is the deadliest in California history with over 10,000 structures destroyed and dozens of fatalities. The Woolsey Fire has burned nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and has resulted in additional deaths and destroyed structures. Hundreds of Masons, their families, and widows have been evacuated, and many of them have lost their homes. Places of employment and education have been destroyed, making the immediate future of many in our Masonic family very uncertain.
“The loss has been great and, unfortunately, it will only become greater before the fires are contained. There is an immediate need for help.”
Please keep up to date at MSA's website, www.msana.com as well as MSA's Facebook Page and Facebook Group. This link can also be added to websites to direct donations through MSA.
Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help in this stricken jurisdiction to MSA. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remitting by check, please clearly mark that you wish the funds to go to the California Disaster Appeal.
All administrative expenses, bank charges, bookkeeping, and cost of acknowledgment letters is absorbed by MSA in its operating budget. Your entire donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue.
MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
To donate online via Paypal or for more information and for all current Disaster Relief Appeals by the MSA, visit the MSA website HERE or contact Simon LaPlace at 301-476-7330.

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XVI World Conference Of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges



The XVI World Conference Of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges is going on this week in Panama City, Panama through tomorrow.

Most U.S. Masons rarely hear about these annual conferences, even if they happen in this country, and it's unusual to see follow-up reports afterwards to find out how their break out sessions and discussions went. It's a shame really, because they traditionally attempt to discuss items that go far beyond just the usual hand-wringing about membership losses, chasing Millennials or whatever the demographic de jour happens to be, or coming up with a new charity to promote. 


The role of Freemasonry and the Freemason individually in society
The challenges and changes in the global environment in which we live in, make instability the norm rather than the exception. Armed conflicts, violation of fundamental rights, deficiencies in basic issues such as health, food and education, present scenarios for which the Mason is generally not prepared to understand, much less play a role in solving them.
In this context, it is absolutely relevant that freemasons understand what their participation in the issues and problems facing society should be, to be discussed in order to form an opinion and to positively influence a way to their solution within their capacity for action.
Citizen training is increasingly complex and needs a redefinition of education in civic values to achieve a more democratic society with greater social cohesion.
Masonic education contributes to forming people who live in society with respect, tolerance, participation and freedom.
How to integrate ethical and moral values and the exercise of them to enable life in society, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, for a democratic coexistence and mutual respect...

It's a shame that Masons as a rule don't discuss topics at this level in our lodge meetings, instead of arguing over who didn't clean up the kitchen last week or paying the toilet repair bill.  Maybe your next Stated Meeting might be a good place to shift the discussion to something more elevated.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

MSA Ends South Carolina Hurricane Appeal

The Masonic Service Association of North America has announced that the Hurricane Disaster Appeal for South Carolina that began on September 18th, 2018 has successfully concluded. Any funds earmarked for SOUTH Carolina arriving after today will now be forwarded to Florida's appeal.

Executive Secretary Simon LaPlace issued the following message earlier today:
The Grand Lodge of South Carolina has received a tremendous response from their Brethren and from Lodges from other Jurisdictions in light of the damages caused by Hurricane Florence.
Their Masonic Charities and Disaster Relief Board has determined that the requests they have received for assistance due to flooding can be met by the generous donations they have received from MSA and the additional donations from their Brethren.
Consequently, they have asked the Masonic Service Association to conclude our Disaster Relief Appeal and forward any future donations to the Grand Lodge of Florida on their behalf.
Thank you for supporting this Disaster Relief Appeal for South Carolina.

Please remember that MSA Disaster Appeals currently remain in place for Florida, North Carolina and Guatemala. Please see the MSA website HERE for current appeals and for donation information.

Brother Roy Clark Passes Away


Legendary country music guitarist, comedian, and Freemason, Brother Roy Linwood Clark, passed to the Celestial Lodge today at the age of 85, due to complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


An unsurpassed virtuoso guitarist, Clark was perhaps most famous for his role as either host or co-host of the syndicated country comedy and variety television program 'Hee Haw' for the duration of its entire 24-year run.

Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. In the course of his long career, he earned seven CMA Awards over his decades-long career, including the Entertainer of the Year Award in 1973. His version of “Alabama Jubilee” earned him a Grammy in 1982. Brother Roy was also a regular performer with the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. 


Roy Clark was made a Mason "at sight" by the Grand Master of Oklahoma on December 9, 1987. Afterwards, Roy affiliated with Jenks Lodge No. 497 in suburban Jenks, Oklahoma as a "perpetual member." He subsequently sought additional Masonic light on his own, pursuing the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Shrine. Illustrious Clark was elevated to the 32º in the Scottish Rite Valley of Tulsa in 1988, invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1997, and coroneted an Inspector General Honorary 33º in 2001. In the York Rite, he was exalted in Tulsa Chapter No. 52, Royal Arch Masons, greeted in Tulsa Council No. 22, Cryptic Masons, and knighted in Trinity Commandery No. 20, Knights Templar, all in 1990. Akdar Temple, Shriners International, created him a Noble in 1988, and he also belonged to the Royal Order of Jesters.


During a fund raiser in Cleveland, Ohio many years ago, Clark praised the fraternity:
"I know of no other organization where you have a friend all over the world. It gives you peace of mind, especially travelling as much as we do."
"It was brought home to us last month when we were on tour in Regina, Saskatchewan," he explained. "Our guitar player, Frank Sandusky, had a blood vessel suddenly rupture in his neck, was rushed to the hospital, and the doctor's report was grave. When local brethren found out that he was a Mason they sent for his wife. They took her in, saw that she got back and forth to the hospital, and saw to her needs. It didn't cost her anything, and made an unpleasant situation more bearable — and that is what Masonry is all about. Frank is with us today, as my 'right arm' in the band and plays a lot of the beautiful harmony you'll hear."
While he was best known for playing country music, guitarists the world over praised his incredible virtuosity that transcended any particular genre. Perhaps the best example of his incredible talent and his ability to surprise his audiences came in an unlikely episode of the 1970s comedy 'The Odd Couple' when he played a stunning flamenco guitar solo (video below):



And then there's always the classic 'Dueling Banjos' with Buck Trent on Hee Haw:



Brother Roy Clark is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Barbara Joyce Rupard, their four children, multiple grandchildren, and his sister, Susan Coryell. The Clarks had lived in Tulsa since 1974.

The world will not soon see anyone quite like Roy Clark again, and it will be a quieter and more barren place without him.

His column is broken and his brethren mourn.

Requiescat in pace.



(Many thanks to Brother Mark Wright for updated information about Brother Roy Clark's Masonic record.)