Storyline: The self-made schemer overcomes a host of innate personality problems to rise to powerful pre-eminence, before his covert manipulations become overt, and he falls spectacularly from grace, only to rehabilitate himself with the same grim determination that has always been his hallmark in his ongoing search for public love.

Sir Kay - Foster brother and seneschal to King Arthur. Scapegoat, troublemaker, and treacherously shrewd, as well as clownish. Archetype of the shifty, scheming politician. Richard Nixon (1913-1994) - American president. Outer: Had a humble Quaker upbringing, as the son of a saintly mother to whom he was strongly attached, and an angry, oppressive father who ultimately ran a gas station/grocery store. 2nd of 5 sons, with the eldest dying in 1933 and the 2nd youngest succumbing in 1925, affecting his ongoing distrust of the vagaries of life. Extremely disciplined, overcoming an innate shyness and discomfort around people to become an ongoing overachiever, despite an inborn unlikability. 5’11”, 170 lbs., and jowly. Graduated from Whittier College, then studied law at Duke Univ., where he was referred to as ‘Iron Butt,’ for his determination, before opening a private practice in his hometown. In 1940, he married Pat Ryan after earlier being rejected by her, 2 daughters from the union, Tricia and Julie. Went to Washington to work in its bureaucracy, then served as a naval ground aviation officer in WW II but was not involved in combat, winning a reputation, instead, as an excellent poker player. Seen by the eastern establishment elite as useful to them, and given considerable backing in his early career. Entered politics in 1946 as a California congressman, and quickly established himself as an aggressive negative campaigner, winning 2 terms in the House of Representatives, where he rode to national attention on a wave of anti-communism, undoing the career of Alger Hiss in the process, while showing himself to be a hardworking opportunist. Elected Senator from California in 1950 after smearing his liberal female opponent, Helen Gahagan Douglas, as ‘the Pink Lady,’ while she, in turn, labeled him as ‘Tricky Dick.’ For geographic reasons, he was selected as the running-mate for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in his successful bid for the presidency in 1952. A secret fund led to his famous ‘Checkers’ speech during his first vice-presidential run, in which he pled his good republican poverty and hid behind his love for his dog. Accepted back on the ticket, he served 2 undistinguished terms. Lost the presidency to John F. Kennedy in 1960, after a TV debate, in which he refused to put make-up on his five o’clock shadow, then was defeated for governor of California in 1962, thanks to the Cuban missile crisis just before the election, which allowed the Kennedys to briefly highlight his classless opponent Pat Brown. Announced his retirement from politics immediately afterwards for a lucrative legal career, with a morose, “You won’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore.” Reputedly hit his wife after the loss, blackening her eye. By coincidence, he was in Dallas the day of Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, having delivered an address to Pepsi Co businessmen beforehand, although came back to NYC before it happened. Since he had absolutely no political clout at the time, the odds are remote he had anything to do with the tragedy. Realized afterwards, he had the potential for a comeback, he began building up a campaign chest through endless rubber chicken dinners, while exploiting the youthful chaos of the time, as a no-nonsense upholder of traditional values, to become the only president ever elected after a national defeat, in 1968, beating Hubert Humphrey by a comfortable 100+ electoral votes, despite an extremely close popular vote, because of the addition of George Wallace as an independent to the mix. Code-named Searchlight by the Secret Service. Succeeded Lyndon Johnson, and inherited his Vietnam War, stretching it out for most of his 2 terms in his desire not to preside over the only military loss in U.S. martial his/story. In May of 1970, a group of construction workers beat up on a group of antiwar protesters in NYC, and this act would prove the foundation for the Republican Party’s grip on the presidency for most of the rest of the century, as it seduced blue collar white America into feeling it was the proper electoral organ for their cultural grievances. Exploited this rift to his own advantage and opened trade with China, visiting it in 1972 in a precedent-setting diplomatic coup. At the same time he engaged in a secret war in Cambodia, and actively went after perceived enemies, even going so far as listing them, while precipitating an oil crisis through his mishandling of Middle Eastern affairs.In 1971, he ended the practice of converting dollars to gold at a fixed price, breaking the final link between money and precious metal begun by FDR, and putting America on an ultimate collision course with its own financial institutions, which lost him the backing of his previous secret mentors, who now wanted him out of office.. The Watergate burglary in 1972 which precipitated his downfall, was probably the work of that elite who wanted him out without the mess of an assassination. Had no idea of why it happened or who ordered it when it came to light, in what would prove his second straight crypto-removal from the presidency, as an ongoing martyr of that office. During his terms, he nominated 4 Supreme Court justices, as well as its chief, moving it significantly over to the right, while largely ignoring domestic concerns and a stagnant economy for foreign policy coups. Also put up tariffs to try to augment U.S. corporation profits, which ran counter to the free trade desires of the multi-nationals, which further cemented their desire that he go. Handily defeated George McGovern, winning all but 17 electoral votes, for his second term in 1972. His compulsive anal need to record all the warts of his presidency proved his undoing, as the tapes of his petty musings with his staff proved him guilty of obstructing justice, and revealed his microscopic concerns with meaningless detail rather than his macroscopic concerns of state. Saw his vice-president, Spiro Agnew, resign for improprieties and appointed Gerald Ford in his stead, all the while becoming more and more secretive and solitudinous, seeing deception as integral to good governance. On the suppressant drug Dilantin his entire presidency, and by its end, had his Secretary of Defense instruct the Pentagon to deny any order he might give. Forced to resign in 1974 under the threat of impeachment, the only president to do so, and suffered deep melancholia afterwards, as well as an attack of phlebitis. Succeeded by Ford, who pardoned him, and lost the next election in doing so. Disbarred in NY state, he also resigned from the bar in California. Penned his memoirs, as well as several books on foreign policy and spent the rest of his life rehabilitating himself in the public eye. Able to resurrect himself as an elder statesman by life’s end, through his sheer grit of determination. Crushed by his wife’s death in 1993, he joined her a year later, dying of a massive stroke, in the same hospital where Jacqueline Kennedy was recuperating from chemotherapy treatment. Had a public funeral replete with world dignitaries, and despite severe rain, some 50,000 people lined up to view his remains. His Presidential Library is in Yorba Linda, California, where both he and Pat are buried. Inner: Martyr complex, with a profound distrust of the intentions of others. Good outer vision for world events, but little self-understanding. Held deep feelings of resentment from childhood on, and always felt like an outsider, despite being close to power most of his adult life as well as a political mega-presence for a full generation of Americans from the mid-1940s to the mid-70s. Obsessed with the Kennedys and their easy aristocratic grace, felt hard work and serious intent were his best chance to counteract the misfortune of his own humble beginnings. Self-proclaimed introvert in an extrovert’s business. Felt politics were a man’s world, hurtful and harsh. Constantly worked out to stay in shape, and was extremely careful about his diet, coming close to being a vegetarian. Cleanup on aisle 37 lifetime of wishing to be loved and revered on a national scale, while doing everything in his power to effect the opposite. William McKinley (1843-1901) - American president. Outer: Of Scotch-Irish and English ancestry. Son of a pious mother and an iron making father, deeply attached to the former. 7th of 9 children, with three brothers and five sisters, one of each living long enough to see him president. When he was 9, the family moved nearby so he and his siblings could attend private school. Entered a seminary with the idea of becoming a priest, per his mother’s wishes. Proved himself an excellent debater, but quit for health reasons, and became a school teacher, then a postal clerk instead. 5’6”, stout and dignified. Entered a seminary with the idea of becoming a priest, per his mother’s wishes. Proved himself an excellent debater, but quit for health reasons, and became a school teacher, then a postal clerk instead. Joined the Methodist Episcopal Church and was an enthusiastic Bible student. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered in the Union Army as a private, and rose to the rank of major by conflict’s end for gallant service. Always showed a coolness in battle situations, no matter how dangerous the mission. Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1867, he became a prosecuting attorney two years later, although missed re-election by 45 votes. In 1871, he married Ida Saxton (Jacqueline Kennedy), the spoiled daughter of a banker, lost 2 daughters in early childhood, Katherine (Carolyn Bessette), and Ida (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy), which totally unhinged his wife from 1873 onwards. Devoted to her afterwards, even though she could never get over her unbalanced grief. Used to throw a handkerchief over her face to hide her public epileptic seizures, while she remained childlike and completely dependent on him. His wife’s state was very costly to him, causing him to go into debt, and live in hotels. Very pious and very loyal to his mother, who disapproved of his political career, having wanted him to be a bishop. Served 14 years as a Republican member of the House of Representatives and in 1892, was elected governor of Ohio. Despite no particular distinction to his distracted career, he won the presidency in 1896 over William Jennings Bryan (Al Sharpton), thanks to his support of the gold standard and a protective tariff, and was the last Civil War veteran to achieve that office. Ran the first modern political campaign from his front porch with Mark Hannah (Roger Ailes) as his adviser. Involved America in an imperialist expansion policy, warring with Spain over Cuba, thanks, in part, to the hectoring of his assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), since he was initially adverse to the idea. The war allowed him to become America’s first modern president, expanding the powers of his office, in keeping with the country’s new imperial view of itself. Also made the Republicans the party of Big Business, and that relationship would continue. The first president, as well, who was an active KKK member, as were many former Union soldier although not much is known about his involvement. Also a Freemason.Focused on foreign affairs and was re-elected in 1900, beating Bryan again by a slightly larger margin, with the promise of a “full dinner pail,” while showing himself to be a moderate, who was capable of compromise and indirect means to achieve his ends. Maintained good relations with Congress and selected competent subordinates, while evincing a conciliatory nature. Assassinated on a receiving line by anarchist Leon Czolgosz (Lee Harvey Oswald), who held a handkerchief over his gun and grazed him in the chest, then shot him in the stomach. Died less than 2 weeks later, proclaiming, “It is God’s way. His will be done.” Buried in an elaborate many-staired tomb in his native Canton, Ohio. Inner: Handsome, conservative, well-liked, very Roman looking. Heavy cigar smoker. Affected spotless white vests with red carnations in the buttonhole. Changed clothes twice a day, indicating a sense of uncleanliness. Martyr complex, great desire to be loved. The crest of the McKinley clan was a mailed hand holding an olive branch, with the motto, “Not too much,” which he lived by. Martyred lifetime of pious conventionality and family woes, while unconsciously trying to elicit the genuine love of the political populace, and willing to sacrifice his very life to do so. Silas Deane (1737-1789) - American statesman and diplomat. Outer: Son of a blacksmith, had an impoverished childhood. Largely self-made, thanks to his own strong ambitions. Graduated Yale Univ. at 21, then studied law and taught school. Admitted to the bar in 1761, he opened a law office. In his mid-20s, he married an older widow, Mehitabel Webb (Pat Nixon) with 5 children and a successful store. The union was made for her money, and he lived in her house, while adding one more son to their brood. Did handsomely by speculating in western lands and expanding his wife’s business. After her death in 1767, he married Elizabeth Saltonstall (Julie Nixon), the grand/daughter of a former governor of the colony in his early 30s for political connections. Able to strengthen his ties to the Connecticut aristocracy through his 2 unions, and entered politics, largely motivated by personal profit. Became a member of the Connecticut General Assembly in 1772, and served as a representative to the first 2 Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775, advocating independence as a clear economic course. Although denied reappointment, he was sent by Congress to France in 1776 as an unofficial minister, where he made munition deals and commerce treaties, and recruited several able foreign officers, while adding considerably to his own coffers. Also proposed a political alliance with France, which did not sit well with his fellow incipient Americans. Accused by fellow diplomat Arthur Lee (Alger Hiss) of profiteering off of his deals, he was brought before Congress in 1777. Although unable to clear himself, the charges were never proven. He returned to France as a private citizen, and was accused of being a traitor for fostering an American reconciliation with England, after letters to that effect were intercepted. Lived out the rest of his life in embittered European exile, financially bankrupt and broken in health. Died mysteriously on board a ship trying to return to America. Posthumously exonerated by Congress, many decades later. Inner: Affectionate father, though his business dealings hurt his family, as did his greed. Good manners, intelligent, knowledgeable. Payback lifetime spent dealing with issues of dishonesty from the perspective of a wronged but ultimately powerless citizen, who erred both economically and politically. Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1674-1722) - English statesman. Outer: 2nd son of Robert Sunderland (Howard Hughes). Became a bibliophile early in life and began to develop a library. Entered Parliament in 1695 as a zealous Whig, with strong republican sympathies. In 1700, he married Anne Churchill (Julie Nixon), the daughter of the Duke of Marlborough (JFK), gaining his support. Medium height, dour-faced. His wife tempered his extravagance, 3 sons from union, 2 dying young. Through Marlborough’s influence, he became secretary of state, appointing Joseph Addison (Walter Lippmann) as his under secretary. Despised by the high-church Tories who called for his impeachment and convinced the queen to dismiss him in 1710. In constant contact with the Hanovers during his absence from power, and when they assumed the throne in 1714, he was able to return to office. His zeal, however, was anathema to the heads of the Whig party, and he had no real influence, despite holding several posts. Devastated when his wife died in 1716. A year later, however, he married an Irish heiress. Able to oust several political foes from office and became first lord of the Treasury in 1717. Became involved in the speculative South Sea Company which caused the subsequent “Bubble” in which thousands of investors were ruined, while he was held largely responsible for it. Resigned in disgrace in 1721, and died suddenly within a year, of pleurisy. Inner: Extremely unattractive character, tactless, albeit honest with a genuine concern for liberty. Frigid, awkward and proud. Selfish, arrogant, glum and sour. Remote, although he loved his 2nd wife passionately. Quick-sighted rather than far-sighted, highly manipulative. Tricky Dick lifetime of switching over into the relatively more republican realm of politics, in order to see how his constipated character would give expression to itself. Willem II, Prince of Orange (1626-1650) - Dutch stadtholder. Outer: Father was Dutch Republic stadtholder Fredrik Hendrik (Jean-Pierre Aumont). Mother was German countess Amalia (Catherine Deneuve). Oldest of 9 children, of whom four sisters survived into adulthood. His sire ruled a domain of united Protestant provinces which were constantly in conflict with the Spanish-held and Catholic southern Netherlands, while his mother oversaw a lively Baroque court where culture, particularly art, flourished. Grew up under the influence of a pair of extremely dynamic parents, with his father doing yearly campaigns against the Spanish-held territories to the south. In 1641, he was married to England’s Princess Royal, Mary Henrietta Stuart, the daughter of Britain’s beleaguered king and queen, just as her country was about to descend into Civil War. In 1648, his father died, and he succeeded him. Immediately evinced the traits of secrecy and manipulation, for which he would be known in all his lives of rule. Opposed the peace treaty fashioned between the Dutch Republic and the ten provinces to the south, which his mother had championed, and his father had reluctantly agreed to before his death. Instead, he secretly opened negotiations with France, in the hope of extending his own territory under a centralized government. Also began working towards restoring his brother-in-law Charles II (Peter O’Toole) to England’s throne, following the regicide of the latter’s father. Fought with the province of Holland and the powerful merchants of Amsterdam over their desire to reduce both troops and expenses, fearing a lessening of his own power. Threw 8 members of the provincial assembly into prison, and sent his cousin with an army of 10,000 to subjugate Amsterdam, although bad weather curtailed the expedition. Suddenly came down with smallpox, and was mercifully removed from rule by the dark hand of fate, before creating more conflicts within his realm. His successor, Willem III (Lyndon Johnson) was born eight days after his demise, and would go on to become king of England in 1688. Inner: Manipulative, power-hungry and unable to brook any opposition to his considerable will. Slice of gouda lifetime of briefly tasting the last of his royal power, before slowly descending into the far more egalitarian world of democratic institutions in lives to come, and his ongoing internal struggles between his wish to be loved, and his wish to dominate and control. Thomas Howard, 4th duke of Norfolk (1538-1572) - English nobleman and conspirator. Outer: Father was the poet, Henry Howard (Allen Ginsberg), earl of Surrey, who was put to death for questionably treasonable activities when his son was 9. Removed from the charge of his mother and put in the care of an aunt, the Duchess of Richmond, in order to give him an education in Protestant principles. Tutored by future Protestant martyr John Foxe (Carl Sandburg), to whom he remained devoted. Restored to his title at the accession of Mary I (Rose Kennedy) in 1553, and the following year he succeeded his grandfather as duke of Norfolk as well as earl marshal, enjoying the favor of both Mary and her successor, Elizabeth I (Mae West). In 1556, he married Mary FitzAlan, the daughter of the earl of Arundel, who died in childbed. One son from the union. In 1558, he married Margaret Audley, another heiress, 2 sons and 3 daughters from union. Commanded the English forces that invaded Scotland in 1559-1560, and contributed largely to the completion of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1561, he was made a member of Gray’s Inn, and the following year he became a privy councillor. Became a widower again in 1563, and 4 years later married Elizabeth Leyburne, a noble widow who died several months later. Took on her 4 children, then married his surviving sons, after one died, to his step-daughters. In 1568, he presided over the commission convened twixt Scotland’s Protestant nobility and Mary, Queen of Scots (Marguerite Duras), who had recently fled to England. It was suggested he wed her in order to have her declared Elizabeth’s successor. Despite having been married 3 times, and being a professed Catholic, the intrigue intrigued him. Unable, however, to ask the queen’s consent or raise an insurrection, despite harboring a deep desire for the English crown. Instead, several Catholic nobles in northern England did so in his name, in order to restore Catholicism in England, but the uprising was quickly suppressed. Arrested in 1569, but was released less than a year later. Allowed himself to be drawn into the schemes of Italian merchant of menace Roberto Ridolfi (Howard Hughes) for a Spanish invasion of England, but he was discovered, imprisoned and executed. On his death, the Norfolk dukedom was once again forfeited, this time for nearly a century. Inner: Shifty, scheming and power-hungry. Never clear-headed about any of his decisions, allowing avarice to overwhelm good sense. Carrot-and-stick lifetime of arch-scheming and plotting only to have his head separated from his body for his unclear efforts. Bianca Maria Visconti (1425-1468) - Italian duchess. Outer: Illegitimate daughter to the reclusive Fillipo Maria Visconti (Howard Hughes), and the singular love of his life. One other sister died shortly after birth. Sent along with her mother to a castle in Abbiate, where she grew up and received a classical humanist education, impressing her sire with her strong character. At 6, she was betrothed to the condottiere Francesco I Sforza (Sumner Redstone), in an effort by her father to keep the latter as a protector of his realm, although he would twice try to dissolve the agreement, when Sforza made some impolitic moves. Along with her father, she loved to hunt, and the duo developed a strong bond, as one of the very few in the latter’s reclusive life who managed to have a hold on his heart. Sent to the court of Ferrara as a possible mate for its heir, Leonello d’Este (Leonard Woolf), although expressed a desire beforehand against the potential union. Spent six months at the court, then returned home, and in 1441, she wed Sforza. 8 children from the union, including Galeazzo Maria (Spiro Agnew), his father’s ultimate successor, as well as Ludovico (Michael Milken). At 17, she was named regent of the Marche area by her father, thanks to the diplomatic and administrative skills she evinced. Although her husband maintained a string of mistresses, she accepted the situation on the surface, because of his obvious attachment to her. In at least one case, however, one of them disappeared under questionable circumstances. Relations between her husband and father remained tense because of the latter’s innate distrust, and following the latter’s death in 1447, Milan was declared the Ambrosian republic. Subsequently showed her warrior mettle on a battle on a bridge, winning her lasting popularity with her husband’s soldiers. In 1450, her spouse was invested as Duke of Milan, and she subsequently regained her sire’s assets, and served as chief administrator of the duchy while Sforza spent much of his time warring, knowing his realm was in highly competent hands. Oversaw the education of her children, sponsored public works, and proved extremely shrewd politically. Following the death of her husband in 1466, their eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, became his successor. After returning from fighting elsewhere, he immediately proved as untrustworthy and suspicious as his grandfather, and relegated her to a secondary role. Forced her to leave Milan, and she willingly moved with her retinue to Cremona, her dowry city. Against advice, she returned to Milan to take part in her son’s wedding, but on coming back home, she fell ill partway there, and died, with suspicion that Galeazzo had some of his men poison her. Inner: A virago by nature, but extremely competent in all that she did. Manipulative lifetime of switching genders once again to bring out his/her aggressive female side, while maintaining the same longtime familial links with her usual crew of violent mischief-makers, and this time winding up victim of their ongoing perfidies. Richard II (1367-1400) - King of England. Outer: Of the House of Plantagenet. Oldest surviving son of Edward the Black Prince (Robert Kennedy) and Joan of Kent (Edward Kennedy), with an older brother dying when he was 5. Enjoyed a close relationship with his mother, while his warrior father, who had been sickly his last years, died when he was 9, making him next in line to the throne. Brought up negligently and indulgently, feeding into a selfish and undisciplined personality, although he was well-educated, with a literate mind and some musical talent. Succeeded his grandfather, Edward III (Duke of Wellington) at the age of 10, although governmental control was first seized by Parliament. Showed great courage at 14 in personally standing up to a Peasant’s Revolt before savagely persecuting them afterwards. The country was also full of disbanded soldiers skilled in the longbow, creating a volatile mix. Stammered, and was abrupt in speech. Had a coterie of courtiers who were much like himself, indulging in same sex relationships, much to the displeasure of his magnates. Despite a distinct lack of interest in women, in 1382, he married the daughter of the HRE, Anne of Bohemia (Julie Nixon), although the expenses of maintaining her Bohemian retinue made him vulnerable to Parliamentary demands. The childless union was probably unconsummated, despite a genuine feeling for his wife. Maintained an opulent court with her, then was devastated when she died a dozen year later, and burned her castle to the ground in grief. His 2nd wife, Isabella of Valois, the daughter of the king of France, was 6 years old when they wed in 1396, in another unconsummated match. She, in turn, was too young to attend their wedding feast, but thought her husband a perfect knight. Pathologically suspicious of plots against him, he was continually intriguing against enemies. Had endless battles with his barons throughout his reign, including his uncle John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson), who later supported him. His barons, under the sobriquet the Lords Appellant, including Thomas of Woodstock (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), Thomas Mowbray (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), Thomas Beauchamp (Eugene McCarthy) and Richard Arundel (Alexander Haig), and his successor, the future Henry IV (David Cameron), briefly ruled the country in 1388, before he reasserted his authority the following year, and later took vengeance on them, through banishment, murder and execution. Increasingly flamboyant and dilettantish, and probably mad by the end of his reign, when too many forces conspired against him, and his archers, who were the base of his power, deserted him. Finally forced to abdicate by his usurping successor, Henry IV, he was imprisoned and murdered afterwards. Ended the Plantagenet line on the throne. Inner: Brave, greedy and self-possessed. Believed God had sent him to rule. Intense political animal, extravagant and unjust, albeit intelligent and enigmatic. Arrogant, capricious, and overexaggerated in his dress. Ironically, his lords appellant would all be real or symbolic figures who would figure in his later run for the presidency in 1968. Credited with inventing the handkerchief. End of the line lifetime of falling prey to his own suspicions made darkly manifest, a continual theme of his. Isabella (1292-1358) - Queen of England. Known as the “She-wolf of France.” Outer: Daughter of Philippe IV (Jimmy Carter) of France, sister of Charles IV (Spiro Agnew). Married at age 15 to Edward II of England (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), 4 children from union, including the latter’s successor, Edward III (Duke of Wellington). Unhappy union, she was neglected by her husband over his infatuation with Piers Gaveston (Jacqueline Kennedy). Served as a mediator with his rebellious barons for her husband on several occasions. Later infuriated by Edward’s selection of advisers. Twice escaped capture by the Scots, and was deprived of her estates in 1324, when her husband showed an over-fondness for the Despensers family. The following year, she sailed for France, and re-established her court there, refusing to return until her husband’s advisers were dismissed. Took on a lover, Roger Mortimer (Howard Hughes), and along with several baronial exiles and son led a successful invasionary force into England. Executed the Despensers, deposed her husband and procured his murder, and had her son proclaimed as Edward III in 1327. She was virtual ruler of England with Mortimer, but they alienated the nobles with their rapacity. Arrested, with the concurrence of her son in 1330, at which point Mortimer was hanged, although she was cleared. Compelled to give up her riches, she was allowed to live in various places in honorable confinement. Intermittently deranged the rest of her life, joining an order of nuns at the very end, and ultimately wound up buried next to Mortimer. Inner: Headstrong and highly ambitious. Greedy and power/hungry, with the ability to make her considerable will manifest, although unable to hold her position because of her avarice and sense of vengeance. Shifty she-wolf lifetime of experiencing the madness of power and enveloping herself in its sheer passion, a pursuit of hers, no matter the gender. Richard, Earl of Cornwall (1209-1272) - English nobleman and Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Second son of King John (Henry Fonda) and queen Isabella (Jane Fonda) and brother of King Henry III of England, as well as Eleanor de Montfort (Kathleen Kennedy). Initially opposed Henry by joining the baronial revolts against him, then forced him to pay for a reconciliation twixt the 2. Saved his brother from capture during his disastrous French campaign. Began his climb to becoming the richest magnate in England, after marrying Isabel Marshall, the daughter of William Marshal (George Marshall) in 1231. Went on Crusade in 1240, after being delayed 4 years by domestic problems, then turned down the Sicilian throne. After the death of his wife, he married Sanchia (Daryl Hannah) the daughter of the count of Provence in 1243, who was also sister to the queens of England, France and Sicily. Their ceremony was a sumptuous affair paid for by a levy on all the Jews of England. Two surviving sons from the union, including his successor as earl of Cornwall. Thanks to his 2nd union, he was bound closely to the court, and helped Henry in his ongoing battles with his barons, acting as an important adviser and regent during his absences, which also aided the rise of Simon Montfort (Robert Kennedy). In 1257, he accepted the crown as Holy Roman Emperor, gaining it through excessive bribery, while shedding crocodile tears of humility in accepting it. Later realized the futility of that ambition through successive visits to Germany. Captured and imprisoned during the Baron’s Revolt, he remained loyal to the king following his release, effecting a moderate settlement of that dispute afterwards. Following the death of his wife in 1261, he married a 3rd time to Beatrice of Falkenberg, 4 children all told, with his eldest son murdered by the son of Montfort. His right side became paralyzed, probably as a result of a stroke, and he died of its complications. Buried by his second wife, with his heart interred separately. Inner: Cunning, manipulative, lecherous and loyal to his royal house, with skills as a negotiator. Conventionally pious, with little interest in the arts. Manipulative lifetime of playing a support role to the ambitions of others, while accruing to his own power and estates, while being denied his own crypto-dreams of kingship. Sejanus (20BZ-31AZ) - Roman praetor and rabblerouser. Outer: Son of an equestrian. Made a praetorian prefect with his father in 14A.Z., and then held office by himself. Married to Apicata, son and daughter from union. Had great influence over Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte), feeding into the emperor’s paranoia by casting suspicion on his family, and the family of Germanicus (JFK), as well as currying favor with the Roman mob. Probably murdered the emperor’s son, Drusus (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), after becoming lovers with his wife. Afterwards asked to marry her, but was refused because he was not a senator. Became a consul, but his humble background curtailed his greater dynastic ambitions. After the emperor moved to Capri in 26, he had complete control over who saw whom, and gained a stranglehold on official appointments, while controlling the praetorian guard and wielding more power than virtually anyone in Rome. Raised to senator in 31 and made a consul, but was accused in a letter by his sister-in-law Antonia (Rose Kennedy), that he was conspiring to overthrow the emperor. Outmanuevered by Tiberius, he was quickly condemned to death and executed, with his body subsequently dragged through the streets. Both his children were killed a few days later and his wife committed suicide. In the weeks that followed, his friends and supportors were ferociously hunted down and slaughtered as well. Inner: Devious, highly ambitious and extremely manipulative. Paranoia-plus lifetime of putting all his power lusts on display, and being undone by his own machiavellian intrigue, a theme he has continued to explore through the ages, as a unique political animal who has yet to learn how to trust his own considerable abilities, or repair a much-damaged heart, that yearns for public love and approval, and has never quite learned how to gracefully get.


Storyline: The self-defeating schemer learns his lessons at his master’s knee, but doesn’t have the depth or complexity of character to rise to his mentor’s tragic level, and winds up a footnote joke to the unkind cutting memory of his/story.

Spiro ‘Ted’ Agnew (Spiros Theodore Anagnastopoulos) (1918-1996) - American Vice-President. Outer: Only child of an immigrant Greek peddler and restaurateur who changed his name from Anagnostopoulous after emigrating in 1897. Mother was a Virginia-born widow, who had two children from her first marriage. His sire’s business failed during the Depression, but was successful afterwards, while he became a Democrat and precinct leader. Faced prejudice growing up and started calling himself Ted, while foreswearing off Greek names for his children if he had any. Studied chemistry at Johns Hopkins for 3 years before dropping out to join the army at the onset of WW II. Worked at an insurance company just beforehand where he met his future wife, then won a Bronze Star as a company combat commander in France. Also fought in Germany and later served in Korea. Returned home and went at night to the Univ. of Baltimore Law School, working as a grocery clerk and insurance salesman during the day. Married Judy Judefind, the daughter of a chemist, in his mid-20s, 3 daughters and a son from the union. 6’2”, 195 lbs. Worked as an insurance underwriter, finished his night law studies and became a lawyer in his late 30s. Appointed to a political post, then elected a Baltimore County Executive, as a Republican, pushing through liberal legislation before successfully winning the governorship of Maryland in 1966, over a racist Democrat. Used the office to line his own pockets, as well as oversee some progressive laws. Tapped in 1968 as the vice-presidential running mate of Richard Nixon, who saw him as a nonthreatening “political eunuch,” little realizing their intimate crypto- connection. Served as a voice of America’s conservatives, attacking dissidents and the media with the politics of alliterative polysyllables, until he was investigated for extortion and bribery surrounding contractor kickbacks he had received while governor. Resigned office in disgrace in 1973, to be followed less than a year later by his political mentor, whom he had felt abandoned him, although eventually he showed up at the latter’s funeral. To add to his various disgraces, his son was arrested as a peeping tom. Wrote about his malfeasance in office in novelistic guise, and eventually became a real estate salesman to foreign interests, as well as a broker of shady international deals, after being disbarred from practicing in Maryland in 1974. Garnered headlines two years later with anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic remarks, and remained a Republican pariah the rest of his life. Penned his defensive memoirs, "Go Quietly.....Or Else," in 1980, while implying he would have been assassinated if he hadn’t resigned, and urged young people not to enter government careers. Died suddenly in a hospital of undetected acute leukemia. Inner: Natty dresser, always impeccably groomed. Angry and resentful from childhood on, from perceived mistreatment by others. Innately dishonest with an acute talent for embarrassing himself. Acted as Nixon’s Nixon, as a secret longtime family member and mirror who continues to manifest his mentor’s failings. Duplicitous lifetime of experiencing the duality of taking principled public stances while maintaining unprincipled private practices. Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) - American president. Outer: Of English stock. Son of a poor farmer, Nathaniel Fillmore (Frank Nixon), he grew up in poverty. His mother, Phoebe Filllmore (Hannah Nixon), was uncomplaining through hard times, and served as an ongoing support. Eldest surviving child of 9 children, including 5 brothers and 3 sisters, all of whom he outlived. 5’9”, with a well-developed chest, deep voice, and blue eyes. Began his working life as a farmboy, then was apprenticed to a cloth finisher. At 19, he joined the class that his future wife, Abigail Powers (Julie Nixon), was teaching in order to educate himself further and the pair became intimate. Became a schoolmaster, himself, served as a law clerk, and at 22 finally became a lawyer. In his mid-20s, he married his former teacher, after an 8 year courtship. 2 children from the union, Mary Abigail (Tricia Nixon) and Millard Powers, Jr. (David Eisenhower). At 28, he began his political career in the NY state assembly as a Whig. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives for several terms, and then was rejected in a run for governor of NY. Elected Vice-President in 1848 under Zachary Taylor (Gerald Ford). An undistinguished speaker, while prolonged standing also worsened an old leg injury. Took over office on the strange death of Taylor in 1850. His singular feat as president was opening up trade with Japan, thanks to a great desire for the expansion of American power into the Pacific. Managed to alienate all sides in the various disputes of the times, and is probably best remembered domestically for signing the Fugitive Slave Law to aid in the capture of runaway slaves, which lost him the support of the northern wing of his party. Personally abhorred slavery, but felt it had to be given constitutional protection until it could be abolished without destroying the unity of the U.S. Rejected in his only elective presidential run afterwards. Ran on the ‘Know Nothing’ ticket, playing off the public’s fear of immigrants, but won only the electoral vote of Maryland. His wife died after the inauguration of his successor, Franklin Pierce (Eugene McCarthy), and his daughter passed the following year. In 1858, he married a wealthy widow (Pat Nixon) following his time in office and lived off of her money the rest of his life. A mob gathered outside his house at Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 and splashed ink all over it, perhaps as symbolic judgment of his/story on his ongoing role as a self-defeating mischief-maker of the first order. Suffered two strokes within a month of each other, which paralyzed the left side of his body, and ultimately did him in at home, in what was described as a peaceful death. His last words, while supping soup, were, “The nourishment is palatable.” After his death his son burned all his correspondence. Inner: Colorless personality, although his correspondence would probably have revealed an entirely different individual. Identified with the downtrodden and despised those who abused their power, while appearing even-tempered and kindly on the surface, having long learned to suppress his true feelings. Monumental mediocrity lifetime of having his tapes erased, allowing him to remain a blank face and name, and to some a joke, in the halls of great power. Thomas Conway (1735-1800) - American army general. Outer: Irish-born, his family fled to France when he was 6, because of English oppression. Educated there, he began a military career at the age of 14, serving for a time under Prussian king Friedrich II (Michael Milken), before coming to the U.S. in 1777, under the auspices of Silas Deane (Richard Nixon). Made a general in the Revolutionary army, but his further advancement was blocked by George Washington (George Marshall), who thought little of his abilities, despite being impressed with him on first meeting. Precipitated the Conway Cabal to undermine Washington, through a series of letters to Gen. Horatio Gates (Joseph McCarthy), and initially wound up being promoted to major general by Congress, after offering to resign, much to Washington’s seething ire, but his maneuverings ultimately backfired on him, although he was a minor figure in the affair. After further intrigues, he was severely wounded in the mouth in a duel with a general in 1778. Offering his apologies to Washington, thinking he was going to die, he recovered and returned to France, saw further action in Flanders and India, serving as governor general in the latter arena in 1787, before disappearing into further exile over his support of the Royalist cause during the French Revolution. Married a baron’s daughter, and disappeared from his/story. Inner: Braggart and continual schemer who always had his intrigues backfire on him. Capable soldier, level-headed in battle, talented administrator. Devious lifetime of inept mischief-making, only to be hoisted by his own repeated petard. Nathaniel Bacon (1647-1676) - English/American rebellion leader. Outer: Related to statesman Francis Bacon (Aldous Huxley). Tall, slender and dark-haired, with a pensive, melancholy aspect. Graduated from St. Catherine’s Hall, Cambridge and may have studied law at Gray’s Inn. Tried to defraud someone of his inheritance, and was sent to Virginia by his father in 1674, where his cousin, the wife of the colonial governor, William Berkeley (Dwight Eisenhower) gave him considerable assistance. His father also gave him money and he became a successful planter. Appointed to the governor’s council, he quarreled with Berkeley over his moderate Amerindian policy, taking the side of the frontiersmen, who chose him as their leader. In 1676, he led an attack force against a tribe that acted as tributary to the colony and was outlawed by Berkeley. Elected to the House of Burgesses, he arrived with an armed escort and was denied his seat, then was captured and brought before the governor. Begged on his knees for forgiveness and was granted a commission. Berkeley then issued a new warrant for his arrest and he escaped and raised an army of some 500 and marched on the capital of Jamestown, which fell to him without a fight, since the militia favored the rebels. After Berkeley capitulated to his demands, the former fled, and he led a larger contingent against the Amerindians. Berkeley gathered a force of loyalists and recaptured Jamestown, before he successfully besieged it again, using a shield of female loyalist prisoners while building a battery, only to burn the town when he saw he could not hold off the loyalist forces. Withdrew to the governor’s house but fell ill with typhoid and died. Buried in secret, as his rebellion collapsed. Inner: Ambitious, manipulative, demagogic and dishonest. Acted as a champion of the people and a pioneer of democratic reforms, although probably was totally driven by self-interest in his opening stab at carving out his New World resume. Shake it up lifetime of making his first appearance in the Americas as a rebellious upstart intent on rocking the boat of state. Perkin Warbeck (1474-1499) - Flemish/English pretender to the throne. Outer: Son of the controller of Tournai. Moved around the Low Countries as a child, and lived for a year in Portugal as a page to a nobleman’s wife connected to the House of York. Sailed to Ireland with a Breton, and landed at Cork in 1491, dressed in the fine silks of his master. It was noted that he bore a resemblance to the former king, Edward IV (Ethan Hawke), and after twice denying he was the king’s son Richard of Shrewsbury, who had been murdered along with his brother in the Tower of London, he agreed to the ruse. An earlier and similar ploy with Lambert Simnel (Lee Harvey Oswald), had ended in disaster for all but the principal player four years before he attempted it, although it didn’t stop this second try against Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch), whose House of Lancaster had usurped the throne from the previous House of York. Taught to speak good English, and given a quick education in the ways of the court, he didn’t find much support in Ireland, but was officially received as Richard of Shrewsbury by the sister of Edward IV, Margaret of Burgundy (Elizabeth Taylor). in 1493, he was recognized as Richard IV, by the newly crowned HRE, Maximilian I (Charles de Gaulle), giving royal cachet to his claim. Received more coaching in his role, and through the financial support of Margaret, he attempted an invasion of England with a small force in 1495. Forced to retreat almost immediately to Ireland, he found support, and then resistance, and fled to Scotland, where the king, James IV (Kathleen Kennedy), who saw the potential of mischief against England through him, accepted his presence in the country. A Scottish invasion subsequently failed, and he was summarily expelled. Married a niece of James in the interim, with several progeny from the union, and made his final landing as Richard IV in Cornwall in 1497, but fled the subsequent battle and was captured. Eventually confessed his chicanery, and was hanged after 2 abortive escapes from the Tower of London. Inner: Vain and foolish, and filled with his own sense of royal destiny. Let’s-pretend lifetime of claiming what was never rightfully his, as part of his own odd ongoing spate of misdeeds and manipulations around power at the highest levels. Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1444-1476) - Italian duke. Outer: Father was condottiere Francisco I Sforza (Sumner Redstone), and mother was Bianca Maria Visconti (Richard Nixon). Older brother of Ludovico Sforza (Michael Milken). Raised to be a ruler, on his mother’s orders. Extremely jealous, he once had the hands of a man cut off for talking to his mistress. In another instance, he forced a poacher to eat a hare whole and unskinned, which summarily killed him, while tales of other cruelties abounded around him. Had an illegitimate daughter, Caterina Sforza (Vilma Banky), whom he later legitimatized. Married into the powerful Gonzaga family, although his wife died. On the death of his father in 1466, he was called back to the city while fighting for the forces of France, to succeed him. Although at first deferential to his mother, he soon reduced her to a secondary role, then sent her packing to Cremona, so as to have no interference in his rule. Married Bona of Savoy, the daughter of the duke of Savoy and sister of the wife of Louis XI (Adolf Hitler), in 1468, which made him brother-in-law to the French king. One son and a daughter from the union, who later married HRE Maximilian I (Charles de Gaulle). Following the wedding ceremony, which his mother attended, she fell ill on the way back to Cremona, and died, with many suspecting that he had had her poisoned. Had a great love of luxury, and maintained a sumptuous court, showing an extravagance that was noteworthy even in that extravagant age. Also introduced rice growing, which would be his most enduring legacy, since it became the basis of the Milanese diet, and the source of its most famous dish, risotto alla Milanese. Had a great desire to be seen as a generous prince and a man of great learning. Increased his ancestor’s considerable library at Pavia, and enhanced the Universities of Milan and Pavia. Loved the sound of his own melodious voice, and became especially noted as a patron of music, creating a chapel that would be a centerpiece for musical ensembles, with many composers and performers from the low countries making it a cultural nexus of the time, thanks to his generous backing. Won many enemies for his high-handed ways, and after a decade of rule, he was assassinated in church, by 3 fairly high court officials, who stabbed him in the groin and chest, killing him instantly, and forfeiting their own lives in the process. Succeeded by his son, Gian Galeazzo. Following his death, his various musicians scattered, bringing their innovations to the rest of Italy, as a legacy of sorts from his abbreviated rule. Inner: Cruel, debauched, crafty, brutal, sadistic and vengeful, despite a genuine desire to be seen as otherwise. A gambler at heart, he had a passion for tennis, which became the prime betting sport of his court. Twisted sceptre lifetime of exercising power at its most venal, despite his cultural beneficence, in his ongoing inability to rein in his excesses in whatever circumstances he finds himself. Robert de Vere, 9th earl of Oxford (1362-1392) - English nobleman. Outer: Related to Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) through his mother. Succeeded his father, the 8th earl, at the age of 9, and was brought to court. In 1378 he married Philippa de Coucy, cousin to the king, then repudiated his wife for one of the queen’s ladies, only to divorce her in 1387, and later had the union annulled. His career was entwined with his close friend, Richard II (Richard Nixon), whom he dominated. Held various governmental posts, and was given stewardships, lands and great power, but he was resented by the other nobles. Made marquis of Dublin in 1385, the first Englishman to hold that title. Disliked by the king’s enemies, particularly after divorcing the niece of one of them, he was arrested on charges of treason by the lords appellant in 1387. Escaped, raised an army and marched on London, but was roundly defeated. Brought to trial for treason and outlawed. Escaped in disguise to the Netherlands, then to Paris, and finally settled in Louvain, after being attainted in 1389. Gored by a boar on a hunt and died of his wounds in exile. Solemnly reburied in England by Richard in 1395. Inner: Lightweight with little real political skills, but a troublemaker, nevertheless. More interested in enjoying the power of his position than the exercise of that power. Gored-by-a-boar lifetime of being undone by powerful enemies, a consistent theme with him, as he continues to play with loyalty, corruption and trying to rehabilitate himself in his ongoing chronicles. Charles IV (1294-1328) - King of France. Known as “the Fair.” Outer: 3rd son of Philippe IV (Jimmy Carter), mother had been queen of Navarre. 2 older brothers had preceded him to the throne, including Louis X (Gerald Ford) and Philippe V (Dwight Eisenhower). Also the brother of Isabeau (Richard Nixon), later queen of England, whom he supported in all her machinations. In 1307, he married Blanche (Ann Coulter), the daughter of the count of Burgundy. Son and daughter from union, both of them dying young. After his wife’s affairs were revealed by his sister, he had the marriage annulled in 1322, as his first act as king, and the same year, he married the daughter of the HRE, Marie (Tricia Nixon) who died giving birth to a stillborn child. His third marriage was to a royal cousin, Jeanne (Pat Nixon) after receiving a papal dispensation to do so. 3 daughters from union. Succeeded his brother, Philippe V (Dwight Eisenhower), at the age of 28 in an unmemorable reign of continuing earlier policies. Largely unpopular, thanks to raising taxes and imposing heavy duties as well as confiscating estates of those whom he disliked or fell out of favor with him. Had a great concern not to end his line, the Capets, but did so anyway. Failed in his aims for the German throne, as well as extending his influence into Flanders. His singular triumph was a successful invasion of Aquitaine and a land settlement from the English. Succumbed to a mysterious illness in his early 30s, and the crown passed to the head of his regent, from the collateral House of Valois. Inner: Probably never expected to rule, and thought he would basically be the support of his sister. End of the line lifetime of muted ambitions of rule, after which he switched genders to take on supportive roles, rather than leadership positions, while continuing to maintain his/her connection with the same karmic crew.


Storyline: The lonely war widow turns to the bottle to help get her past her sense of love and loss, after earlier using religion as a similar crutch, before resurrecting as a celebrity in the wake of her husband’s fame and finding some sense of solace in being a solitudinous somebody.

Mamie Eisenhower (Mamie Dowd) (1896-1979) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of English descent on her paternal side and Swedish on her maternal. Father was a hog buyer and meat packer, mother played the harmonica. 2nd of 4 sisters, and raised a Presbyterian. Had a comfortable upbringing in Iowa, Colorado, and San Antonio, Texas in a highly social house, where she was taught the value of money. Displayed some musical talent, with the ability to play the piano by ear. Met Dwight Eisenhower as a teenager, but he was initially more attracted to her than she to him. 5’1”, with auburn hair and blue eyes. Married DDE when she was 19, 2 sons from the union, the oldest dying from scarlet fever when he was 3. Suffered a deep and silent grief over his loss, submerging her own sense of hysteria into a continued anxiety. Their second son, John, would become a decorated military man and his/storian. Went on to suffer a lonely existence, in the shadow of her husband’s military career, while living in 33 homes during Ike’s 37 years in the army. Played lots of solitaire and developed a drinking problem in her self-created isolation. Lived in anxiety in Washington while her husband rose in importance during WW II, threatening their marriage, until her nervous frailties overwhelmed her and she collapsed at the end of the war upon Ike’s return from both battle and an extended affair with his female driver. After convalescing, she began enjoying her own celebrityhood, and enthusiastically took to the stump for his presidential campaigns to bask in the reflection of his glory. Code-named Springtime by the Secret Service after her husband won the White House in 1952. Her singular political act was in 1953, when she asked why African-American kids were outside the gates watching the annual Easter egg roll, thereby subsequently integrating that ceremony. Maintained a spotless White House, but had few personal friends, focusing on clothes and preserving her strength while in the White House, while clinging to the role of traditional helpmate. Proved a solid support during her husband’s first heart attack in 1955, monitoring his activities, and maintained a voluminous correspondence with those who wrote to the president. Had a horror of growing old, while both she and her husband slept in different bedrooms. Retired to their farm in Gettysburg after her spouse’s double run of office and outlived him by 10 years, keeping active as long as she could. Ultimately died after suffering a stroke, at Walter Reed Hospital, the same facility that had earlier claimed her husband. Inner: Supreme worry wart, with a very conventional view of wifely duties. Denied a traditional union because of her husband’s continual moving around and rise to prominence, although able to adjust to superficially being in the public eye. Sensitive to African-American needs in an apartheid era, although adamantly opposed to “women’s lib.” Nail-biting lifetime of using her own inner sense of dread and anxiety to give her the drama she needed, while submerging her own needs in drink and idle interests to compensate for her own unintegrated interior. Anna S. Harrison (Anna Symmes) (1775-1864) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of English descent. Father was a colonel in the Revolutionary War, before becoming a judge. Mother, after whom she was named, died when she was one, and her progenitor remarried twice more. 2nd daughter of 2 children, small and dimpled, with dark brown hair. At 4, her father smuggled her past the Revolutionary War being played out near her home, and brought her to Long Island, where she attended several fine schools for young women, to become the first future First Lady to receive a formal education. Taken at 19 by her father to a settlement in the Northwest Territories, she was subject to a whirlwind romance by young Capt. William Henry Harrison (Dwight D. Eisenhower). Her father, however, refused to allow her to marry him, but he did anyway when she was 20, while her sire was away. On his return, when he asked his son-in-law how he would support his wife, he responded, “My sword is my support, sir.” Mother of 4 daughters and 6 sons, of whom 6 survived, while she outlived all but one of her children. Always worried over their education, since tutors were hard to come by. An omnivorous reader herself, particularly the his/story of religions, making her into a deeply felt Presbyterian. Endured frontier military life with her husband, with little interests outside of hearth, home and church, then became a reluctant president’s wife in 1840, after losing two sons the year prior. Too ill to come to Washington for Harrison’s inauguration or his subsequent deathbed a month later, although her health improved markedly afterwards. Blamed his friends and the unhealthy conditions in the White House for his death. Bitter but silent about sacrificing him to his/story, she became the first presidential widow to be given a pension by Congress, in a lump sum of $25,000. Lost her last three daughters over the next four years, then lived out her life on her wilderness estate, before ultimately being taken in by her son John, her only child who outlived her. Extremely active in church life, she supervised the education of his son, Benjamin (Walter Mondale), a future president of the United States, while also gaining military appointments for family members. Ultimately became a Republican because of their pro-abolition stances, and encouraged her grandsons to fight for the union. Inner: Conventional, with deep-seated resentments that were never fully released, but rather buried in her religiosity. Politically aware, but put family above all other considerations. Resigned lifetime of doing her wifely duty and feeling totally subject to the fates via her intense religiosity. Jeanne (1294-1329) - French queen. Outer: Daughter of the count of Burgundy, older sister of Blanche (Ann Coulter). In 1307, she married the future Philippe V (Dwight D. Eisenhower), one son who died young and 4 daughters from the union. She and her sister Blanche (Ann Coulter) were accused of adultery by Isabella (Richard Nixon), the daughter of a previous king, Philippe IV (Jerry Brown/Joseph Biden). She strongly protested her innocence after being imprisoned, and was believed by her husband, who took her back. Her kingly spouse arranged advantageous unions for his 3 oldest daughters, while the last became a nun. Outlived him spouse by 7 years. Inner: Guilt-by-association lifetime of being forced to weather the machinations of a longtime karmic family member, only to be absolved by her husband, in a heartfelt gesture that would continue to bind them, despite her ongoing disassociation from his public roles, which only manage to bring her failings to light.


Storyline: The geriatric general tries to bridge the civilian corps in his desire to expand his leadership lessons, while continuing to enjoy a reputation for probity and like-ability.

Dwight Eisenhower (Dwight David Eisenhower) (1890-1969) - American president. Known as “Ike,” a nickname he picked up in high school. Outer: Mother was cheerful and strong-minded. Father was a mechanic, albeit a financial failure, as well as serious and god-fearing. Had wanted to be an engineer, but his sire insisted he be a farmer. Also a pacifist, he was disappointed in his son’s decision to join the military. 3rd of 7 sons, one dying in infancy. 5’10 1/2”, 170 lbs. Played football in high school, until he injured a knee tackling famed multi-sport athlete, Jim Thorpe (Herschel Walker). Good student, avid reader and a disciplined writer. Had wanted to attend Annapolis, then conducted a letter-writing campaign to get into West Point. A class clown there, receiving more demerits than most of his fellow cadets, although was extremely popular. Graduated in the fabled class of 1915, and began his military career, serving as a noncombat captain in WW I, while organizing an army camp for training tank troops, although was bitterly disappointed he missed partaking in battlefield action. In his mid-20s, he married Mamie Dowd, daughter of a hog buyer, 2 sons from union, the eldest dying as a child from scarlet fever. Went to various military command colleges, graduating in the top spot from the Army War College, while showing a facility for allowing people to project their positive traits on him. Served as special assistant to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and rose to lieutenant colonel by 1936. Had a largely undistinguished career until WW II broke out, then rose rapidly in command in the European Theater, beginning as chief of the war plans division. Assumed command of the U.S. forces in Britain in 1942, and directed the invasion of French North Africa the same year. During the war, he became involved with his driver Kay Sommersby, who may have been a British agent assigned to control him, while his wife whiled away her time drinking. Had thought of divorcing Mamie, but was warned against it. Proved impotent with his paramour, and ultimately separated from her at war’s end. In 1943, he commanded the invasion of Italy and Sicily, and in 1944 he became supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Western Europe, a multi-national fighting force that he was able to handle. Organized the D-Day invasion of Normandy that year, a monumental task, considering the many nations and high-power individuals involved. Ultimately accepted the surrender of the German army at war’s end, and then was made commander of the U.S. occupied zone in Germany, before succeeding George Marshall as Chief of Staff of the army after the war. A four pack a day smoker during the conflict, he was able to quit afterwards. Offered the Democratic presidential nomination in 1948 but declined. President of Columbia Univ., a position he took on the proviso of not raising money, hiring faculty or being responsible for the curriculum, before becoming Supreme Commander of NATO in 1951. Drafted by the Republicans for the presidency in 1952, although his political affiliations were unclear. In the intervening years, he had changed from pro-Russian and pro-Democrat to rigid anti-communist. Code-named Scorecard and/or Providence by the Secret Service. Ended the Korean War, and pointedly tried to keep America out of international conflicts, while refusing to engage in an arms race with the Soviet Union. Inadvertantly appointed Earl Warren as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court, calling his liberal presence there the greatest mistake of his career. Became the first president to be baptised while in the White House. Served 2 terms, overwhelmingly defeating Adlai Stevenson in both elections, and, despite heart attacks, he was a very popular, grandfatherly figure, overseeing a decade of conformity, while deliberately downplaying change and social justice in favor of post-war harmony and tranquility. Refused to denounce rabble-rousing Sen. Joseph McCarthy (Ann Coulter) in public, allowing him to run rampant before the latter orchestrated his own downfall. Vacillated on many public issues before his hand was forced, and averaged 150 days a year on the golf course. Clumsy speaker, better writer. Largely an undistinguished president, noted mostly for his blandness, although he held down military spending, despite conservative clamoring for the opposite, and was able to suppress the rampant inflation that afflicted America later on when it wasn’t held in check. Warned of the power of the military-industrial complex on leaving office, although quadrupled defense spending during his 2 terms. Nevertheless, understood implicitly that the U.S. would be continually subject to meaningless wars in the future, because of the interweaving of defense contractors and politicos. Unable to fully endorse his v-p, Richard Nixon, in his presidential run in 1960 either. Retired to his Gettysburg farm and later died of a 7th heart attack at Walter Reed Hospital. His Presidential Library is in Abilene, Kansas, where he and his wife are buried. Inner: Good communicator within a confined context, able to bring diverse elements together. Open, candid, honest, friendly, trustworthy, ambitious, and extremely stubborn with a strong sense of duty. Good strategist with a formidable command of military his/story, and, despite pedestrian tastes, exhibited the intelligence to effectively run the country. Strong temper, but able to keep it under control, using pranks as an outlet. In that regard, his White House staff were well-warned, if he was wearing a brown suit, stay away from him that day. Amateur artist and expert cook, and also subject to stress-induced illness throughout his life. Full potential lifetime of using all his abilities, and rising to the occasion, both in war and peace, as a peacemaker between egotistic allied martial artists and a caretaker between the volatile eras of WW II and the 1960s. William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) - American president. Outer: Father was Benjamin Harrison, who signed the Declaration of Independence and became governor of Virginia. Mother was the niece of a sister of Martha Washington (Pearl Mesta) and had an upper middle-class upbringing. A spurious log cabin background was later invented for his presidential campaign, although he was actually raised in wealth and power. Youngest son. Father wished him to be a doctor, but he preferred a military career. 5’8”, slim, erect. Attended Hampden-Sidney College, then entered the army as an ensign in 1791 on his father’s death, and rose quickly to the rank of captain. After a whirlwind romance, he married Anna Symmes (Mamie Eisenhower) over her father’s objections. 10 children from union. Appointed secretary of the Northwest Territory in 1798 and the following year, he was made its first delegate to Congress. Served as the first governor of the Indiana Territories from 1801-1812, and negotiated several boundary territories with the Amerindians, but as white settlers continued encroaching on their grounds, the Amerindian leaders Tecumseh (Eldridge Cleaver) and his brother, the Prophet (Martin Luther King, Jr.), fought to unite the tribes east of the Mississippi. Hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe which ended the Prophet’s run, and which gave him his nickname, after successfully undoing the indigenous uprising and its incipient confederation. Good soldier, honest and decent. Also effective during the War of 1812, defeating both British and Amerindian forces. Despite an unsuitability for politics, he became a U.S. congressman in 1816, then a state senator, before being elected U.S. senator from Ohio in 1825, where he was identified with anti-indigenous peoples’ views. After serving as minister to Colombia, he was perceived by the powers of the Whig party as an ideal candidate, more for his heroic form than his political substance. Made an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1836, before finally winning that office in 1840 over Martin van Buren (FDR), in the first relatively modern imagistic political campaigns, replete with rallies, a candidate willing to stump the country, songs and slogans, “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too,” and a totally fabricated log cabin past to make him seem like a heroic man of the people. All the hoopla brought out some 80% of the eligible voters, and set the standard for all national political campaigns to come. Had the longest inaugural speech and the shortest presidency. Died of pleurisy and pneumonia, brought about by going coatless at his inauguration, as well as an overabundance of medical attention a month after taking office, beginning a cycle of presidents dying in office every 20 years for the next century and 1/3. Inner: Amiable and personable, albeit far more suited for the battlefield than political office. Mold-making lifetime of serving as a political stalking-horse for all presidential campaigns to come, as well as inaugurating America’s death-of-a-president cycle. Sir William Pepperell (1696-1759) - American colonial military commander. Outer: Father was an emigrant Englishman who had done well as a lumber and fish merchant, and was one of the most prosperous of his fellow reinvented New Englanders. Had a half-hearted education, before enlisting in the milita at 16, and then joined his father’s shipbuilding and mercantile businesses. In 1723, he married Mary Hirst, the grand/daughter of Samuel Sewall, a judge of Salem witch trials fame, 4 children from the union, with 2 surviving infancy. In 1726, he was elected to the Massachusetts General Court while rising to the rank of colonel in command of the Maine milita. Named to the colony council and served on it the rest of his life, acting as acting governor in 1756. By the age of 33, he had, on his own, acquired several Maine townships. Made chief justice by his friend, the neighboring governor, and hurriedly began studying law, recreating himself as a capable judge. When his father died in 1734, he inherited a considerable fortune, making him both rich and powerful. A decade later, he fought for the English against the French in the War of the Austrian Succession, and though he was ignorant of siege-craft, his troops made the day. Became the first native American to be created a baronet for his military record. Also served in the last of the French & Indian Wars, ultimately rising to the rank of lieutenant general, and dying soon after. His considerable holdings were left to a loyalist grandson, who fled to England, and all his property was confiscated. Inner: Do your duty lifetime of rising from privilege and competently meeting varied responsibilities - military, judicial, economic and political - as part of his process of steadily building his American resume over the centuries as a well-liked leader, with a desire to do even better in the future. William Berkeley (1606-1677) - Colonial governor. Outer: From a family that was long-favored at the court of the Stuart kings. Received his MA at Oxford, and enjoyed some small success as a playwright, before being knighted. In 1642, he went to Virginia as a colonial governor, and save for a few short trips to England, remained there for the rest of his life, until its near-end. Able to resolve factional disputes, and crushed an Amerindian uprising 2 years after arriving. Did some crop experimentation, and provided an exemplary model for the other colonists with his proper habits. Also persecuted Quakers and other religious dissidents, and bragged there was neither a printing press, nor a free school in his colony. During the English Civil War, he made Virginia a haven-in-exile for Cavaliers and royalists, and strongly opposed an expedition sent by the Commonwealth to depose him in 1652, before surrendering when terms were offered for the colony’s benefit, and retiring to his plantation. Upon the Restoration in 1660, he was reinstated as governor, and showed he had lost none of his authority in dealing with the church and state functions of the colony. When rebellious sentiments began to be voiced, he called on the people to elect a new assembly and to examine his record to see if they wished to replace him. Although the assembly begged him to continue, he was forced to deal with the abortive uprising of Nathaniel Bacon (Spiro Agnew), who besieged and burned Jamestown, and compelled him to flee. After troops ended the rebellion, he was censured for the repressive policies he instituted following the uprising and was replaced. Sailed to England to appeal the ruling, but he died before gaining audience with the king. Inner: Haughty and imperious, although a highly effective governor, fighting against the restrictions of the mother country placed on his colony, and bringing both law’n’order to a difficult charge. Charming early in his career, although later inflexible and far more tyrannical, bringing on the rebellion that ultimately undid him. Governor-in-exile lifetime of doing his duty within the context of an imperial age, only to ultimately be besmirched by a member of his loose karmic family, as a means of further dethroning him in the democratic age to come, and allowing more benign elements of his character to flourish. William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450) - English general. Outer: Grandson of Michael de la Pole, the 1st earl of Suffolk (Howard Hughes). 2nd son of his son, the 2nd earl of Suffolk, mother was the daughter of an earl. Spent his entire early career engaged in the 100 Years’ War in France. Seriously wounded in 1415, in the same battle where his father was killed. The following annum, his older brother died in the Battle of Agincourt, and he inherited the family title as the 4th Earl of Suffolk. Made earl of Dreux in 1426. By 1429, he had become co-commander of English forces during the seemingly successful siege of Orleans. When Jeanne d’Arc (Petra Kelly), however, rallied the French troops, he was forced to retreat, and wound up a prisoner of Charles VII (Leon Blum) of France, along with another brother, while a third sibling was killed in the fighting. Soon ransomed himself, and received another command at Caen. During this time he married the widowed Countess of Salisbury, who was the granddaughter of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer (Ezra Pound). His only legitimate son from the union succeeded him. Also fathered an illegitimate daughter with a nun, Malyne de Cay, earning him much opprobrium. Returned to England, after 17 years of fighting and became a constable of Wallingford Castle, and a steward of the royal house, as well as a close friend and cohort of Henry Cardinal Beaufort (Rupert Murdoch), the most powerful man in the country. Saw that peace was the only viable pathway in France, and continued to push for that policy against a recalcitrant Parliament. Helped negotiate the marriage of Henry VI (Harold Nicolson) and Margaret d’Anjou (Vita Sackville-West) in 1444, which made him a marquess. By 1447, with the death of Beaufort, he had become the power behind a very weak throne, and was given several important posts, including Chamberlain and Admiral of England, while being raised to Duke of Suffolk in 1448. His end career, however, proved calamitous, when he was forced to take some of the blame for the loss of English possessions in northern France, winning the opprobrium of Parliament, despite remaining in the good graces of the king. Arrested in 1450, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and charged with a host of violations by the Parliament, then suffered a sentence of banishment for 5 years, by a reluctant Henry. On his way to France off the English coast, his ship was intercepted, and he was summarily beheaded while being denounced as a traitor by its crew. Inner: Solid commander, with a good instinct for power, despite his victim stance at the end. His cohabiting with a habited woman, also indicates a willingness to flaunt ordinary rules of behavior, through his own elevated status. Bitter pill lifetime of discharging his duties as best he could, and understanding in his warrior’s heart that more fighting would not resolve anything, only to bear the brunt of his country’s larger failures at go-round’s end, and give his later house an unsettling legacy that would continue to play itself out with self-destructive intrigue. Philippe V (c1293-1322) - French king. Known as “the Tall.” Outer: Of the Capetian line of French kings. 2nd son of Philippe IV (Jimmy Carter), mother had been the daughter of the king of Navarre. Younger brother of Louis X (Gerald Ford), his predecessor. In 1307, he married Jeanne (Mamie Eisenhower), the daughter of the count of Burgundy, one son who died young and 4 daughters from the union. His wife was later accused and then cleared of adultery charges. Served as regent during the interregnum, and succeeded to the throne in 1316, after the death of his 5 day old nephew. Invoked the Salic law to exclude his brother’s daughter from the throne. Quickly restored the kingdom to the order of his father’s time, reorganizing the government from top down and instituting a hierarchy of militia officers responsible to him, during his brief 6 years of rule. Died of dysentery at age 28, and was succeeded by his brother, Charles IV (Spiro Agnew). Inner: Competent, efficient, although largely a blank page as far as remembered personality goes. Brief run lifetime of exhibiting a sure sense of authority in the short time allotted him, before switching over to England and America to play out his desire to both lead and govern. David I (c1082-1153) - King of Scotland. Outer: Youngest son of Malcolm III Caenmore (JFK), mother was the saintly Margaret (Caroline Kennedy). Brother of Alexander I (Robert McNamara). Became a prisoner of his uncle Donald Bane (Donald Bane), but escaped and was raised at the court of Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), making him familiar with English and Norman ways. Well-treated by the English king, and, at the latter’s behest, in 1114, he married Matilda, a widowed heiress to English lands, 4 children, although his heirs to the throne predeceased him. Ruled for his brother in Cumbria and South Lothia from at least 1113, giving him considerable administrative experience before assuming the throne of Scotland at the age of 44. Dedicated his long reign to modernizing his Scottish realm, using his peripatetic court as an administration center. Able to bring cohesion to his kingdom, augment trade, extend borders, and bring a sense of style to court and country. Many great Scottish families were founded or created by intermarriage during his reign. Failed in his attempt to extend the Scottish reach into England during the confused succession following the death of Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), although he escaped capture, and retreated to focus on his own realm. Supported the Church, reorganizing it along continental lines, and founded many religious communities. Began a central administration and grounded the throne of Scotland. Had a peaceful death, leaving a well-ordered kingdom behind him. Succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV (Alexander Haig). Inner: Moral, upright, generous, pious and chaste, with an excellent sense of organization and administration. Shadowy figure to contemporary his/storians, his deeds were greater than specific memory of him. Hidden lifetime of grounding himself in the administrative and financial structures of modern rule, while letting his organizational facilities supersede his personality, an ongoing theme of his.


Storyline: The helmet-less hero is thrust into exalted positions of power, without the proficiency or skills to realize them, making him an accidental, accident-prone executive, and a footnote figure to his more accomplished longtime team/mates who transcend his times.

Gerald Ford (Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) (1913-2006) - American president. Outer: Parents divorced when he was 2, and his mother remarried a paint store owner, with an 8th grade education. 3 more sons from second union. Revered his commonsensical stepfather. His real father, a businessman, did not meet him until he was in high school, much to his shock and surprise, since he hadn’t known about his beginnings. Took his stepfather’s name, symbolically relinquishing his being a hidden king. Good athlete, making all-city and all-state in football, before going to the Univ. of Michigan, where he was team MVP. 6’2”. Despite a bid to turn professional, he got his law degree at Yale Univ. where he was also an assistant football coach. Joined the Navy during WW II, where he served as a lieutenant commander, and won 9 battle stars, as well doing a heroic stint on a burning ship, saving shipmates. In 1948, he married Betty Bloomer, 3 sons and a daughter from union. Entered politics after the war, taking advantage of his stepfather’s position as Republican county chairman, and won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving 11 undistinguished terms there. His party loyalty made him House Minority Leader, although his ultimate ambition to be Speaker of the House was thwarted. Served Richard NIxon as liaison in the House, and then was chosen by Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew when he resigned from the vice-presidency in 1973. Following Nixon’s resignation in 1974, he succeeded to the presidency, the singular chief executive who was never elected to national office. Subsequently chose Nelson Rockefeller for his vice-president, and served as a healing balm to the wounds of Watergate, offering his decency and honesty as antidote to his predecessor’s secrecy and deviousness. Code-named Pass Key by the Secret Service. Oversaw a largely ineffectual presidency, thanks to his nomination of mediocrities for the Supreme Court, and his inability to bring the country out of a prolonged recession, while doing losing battle with a recalcitrant Democratic congress. Well-liked, but viewed as a bumbler without the intelligence that high office demanded. His repeated pratfalls spurred the imitation of comedian Chevy Chase, falling all over himself, as well as a commentary by Lyndon Johnson that he had played too much football without a helmet, despite his probably being the best athlete who had ever held his position. Pardoned Nixon for his crimes in office, which sent his previous high approval rating plummeting, and he never recovered politically, and subsequently lost his re-election bid in 1976 to Gov. Jimmy Carter for a full term because of that act. After his White House run, his wife admitted to alcoholism and pill addiction, and subsequently opened the Betty Ford Clinic, which became a dry-out facility for celebrities. Tried to negotiate his way onto the Reagan ticket in 1980 as a co-president, but the idea was quickly dropped. Dedicated the rest of life to making lots of money off of his brief moment of power, through his being named to the boards of a number of corporations. Also supervised and participated in sporting events, mostly golf, taught at the Univ. of Michigan, skied and gave paid speeches. Suffered a mild stroke during the 2000 Republican convention, as a last hurrah, and in 2006, had to have a pacemaker inserted. Also gave a secret interview in 1994 in which he questioned the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, which was not made public until after his death. Entered the record-books as the longest-living ex-president later that year, when he surpassed Ronald Reagan, and died at home shortly afterwards of undisclosed causes. Given a state funeral, he expired the same week in between two out-sized personalities, singer James Brown and tyrant Saddam Hussein, as a final coda to his humble place in the larger schema of his/story. Buried at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Inner: Modest, candid, decent and simple with no pretensions. Close family man, strong sense of duty and patriotism. Strongly religious, although never exploited it politically. Probably felt a need on some level to complete a presidential term of office, after earlier having been denied the opportunity. Last of the 14 presidents who were Freemasons. Overextended lifetime of rising to political heights well beyond his capabilities as recompense for his earlier summary removal from office, while maintaining his innate sense of decency and moderation. Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) - American president. Known as “Old Rough and Ready.” Father was a soldier and collector of taxes. Mother was the daughter of a lieutenant colonel. One of 9 children. Born in a log cabin, although his family later attained a fairly comfortable material level. Received little formal education, and volunteered for the army in his early 20s. Received a commission as a first lieutenant in 1808, and gradually rose through the ranks through his military skills on the frontier in campaigns against the British and Amerindians. Married in his mid-20s, to the daughter of a captain, Margaret Smith (Betty Ford), 6 children from union, 2 dying young from malaria. 5’8”, 170 lbs., slovenly, tobacco-chewer, muscular, respected by his men for being one of them. Resigned in 1814 after being reduced in rank in an army reduction, but was reinstated as a major by the president. After seeing duty around the country, he was breveted brigadier general following a successful campaign against the Seminoles in 1837. Acquired his sobriquet of “Old Rough and Ready,” and became a national hero during the Mexican War, where he was an inspiring leader, receiving a tumultuous welcome afterwards. After a 40 year military career, he was considered by the Whigs as a presidential candidate, even though he had never voted in a presidential election, and he was also a slaveholder. Elected president in 1848 on his military record, despite having no knowledge of political processes. Undistinguished in office, he was far more suited to soldiery than politics, with an inability to countenance opposition to his will, particularly the sectionalism of the Southern leaders. His wife was frail and sickly in the White House and kept under wraps. Suffered a scandal involving 3 of his cabinet officers, and died shortly afterwards of a stomach ailment from eating milk and cold cherries in the sun. Some question remained as to whether he was poisoned, and his remains were exhumed well over a century later, but no proof was found to the allegation. Succeeded by his vice-president Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew). Inner: Modest, unpretentious and courageous, with the ability to get the job done. Tender and sentimental family man. Far less adept in the political realm, with a simplistic overview of things and an inability to compromise his conceptions. Steppingstone lifetime of bridging the martial and political worlds, without the depth of perception to translate his talents from one sphere to the other. William Jasper (1750?-1779) - American soldier. Outer: From a humble obscured background. Enlisted in the infantry in South Carolina at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, and was made a sergeant, by impressing his superiors with his martial character. Offered a commission for planting a flag on a parapet in full view of the enemy, but declined because of his lack of education. Became a roving scout in Georgia and South Carolina, before serving under several generals, where his courageous exploits became legendary. Killed while planting the colors of his regiment on a parapet. Inner: Brave, active, adventurous, also illiterate. Courage-flaunting lifetime of derring-do on the battlefield, while being consciously aware of his larger limitations, forcing him ultimately to sacrifice himself to his own legendary sense of bravado. Sir William Phips (1651-1694) - American colonial governor. Outer: From an impoverished background, on the New England frontier. 26th child in his family. After his father died, he was apprenticed at 18 to a ship’s carpenter, and continued as such for many years. Went to Boston to ply his trade, and taught himself to read and write. Married Mary Hull, the widow of a Boston merchant, and the daughter of a retired sea captain, one adopted child from union. Became a shipbuilding contractor afterwards, taking some of them to sea himself, usually down to the West Indies. Became interested in sunken Spanish treasure ships via the gossip he had picked up in Caribbean seaports, and secured backing through influential friends in Boston, who gave him connections to English circles, and he wound up with a loan of a captured ship by no less than Charles II (Peter O’Toole) for a share in the profits. His initial rowdy crew tried to mutiny on him and turn pirate, but he stood them down, after an initial prospect proved untenable. Lost two years of work in the process, but fate dealt him a new hand with another wreck, as well as another syndicate to back him and he struck it rich in 1686 off the coast of the Dominican Republic, dredging up a fortune in gold and silver, of some £200,000, of which his share was £12,000. Knighted for his efforts, he was also made provost marshal general of Boston by the king, James II (Martin Sheen). While in England, he worked with the Puritan cleric Increase Mather (Carl Sandburg) to reinstate the old charter system, which had been replaced by dominion rule. Returned to Boston, where he built a home for his wife, who had hardly seen him in the previous 5 years, and continued working with the Mather family, before successfully leading a contingent of troops against the French in Nova Scotia. Returned a hero, then sailed for Quebec with a large contingent, but failed to take the city and returned to New York. Made the first royal governor of Mass. in 1692, but proved an ineffectual administrator, with his singular achievement the diffusing of the witchcraft trials then prevalent, by the rejection of its spurious evidence. Beat a king’s collector of customs with a cane when the man refused to recognize his authority. Failed to mollify the area’s religious groups, irked its merchants, was negligent in collecting custom taxes for the crown, and offended nearly everyone with his nouveau-riche manners. Eventually recalled to England, he died there of a sudden fever, almost 8 years to the day of his discovery. Inner: Aggressive, opinionated, hard-working, and a roughneck, lacking in the larger vision of rule. Self-made lifetime of showing an unerring eye for accruing wealth, and a braveheart for battle, but a distinct incapacity for the delicate art of politicking, in his ongoing quest to integrate all three. Louis X (1289-1316) - French king. Known as “the Headstrong.” Outer: Eldest son of Philippe IV (Jerry Brown, Joe Biden), mother had been the daughter of the king of Navarre. Brother of Philippe V (Dwight Eisenhower), his successor. His first wife, Marguerite of Burgundy (Kate Millet), the daughter of the duke of Burgundy, whom he had married in 1305, was convicted of adultery, and either died of starvation in prison, or was strangled on her husband’s orders in order to allow him to marry again. Their daughter, Jeanne II of Navarre (Rita Mae Brown) would subsequently be denied a regency or access to the throne because of her disputed paternity. Ascended the throne on his father’s death in 1314. Participated in rioting in the streets following Philippe’s death, winning him his headstrong nickname. Inherited a nation in disarray, and was continually dealing with baronial and clerical unrest via charters, as well as unrest in the streets, during his brief reign. Married the daughter of the king of Hungary, Clemence (Betty Ford), one posthumous son from the union who died after 5 days. Sold French serfs their freedom, beginning the end of French serfdom. Died prematurely of pneumonia after drinking a tankard of iced wine while overheated, after playing a game of indoor tennis, a demise he would later repeat as Zachary Taylor in an unconscious admission of his inability to integrate his dreams of power with their actualities. Inner: Compleat dullard. The instability of France probably inspired his death by a combination of heat and cold. Sense of internal imbalance also symbolized by the posthumous birth of a dying baby. Headstrong lifetime of dealing with and reflecting the disintegrative elements of a nation and his own ongoing inability to solve complex problems of state.


Storyline: The debilitated dancer uses her position to publicize her own experiences of repair, before becoming a beacon for other bruised celebrities and deep-pocketed depressives, who need clinical help in overcoming their demons.

Betty Ford (Elizabeth Anne Bloomer) (1918-2011) - American political helpmate. Outer: Mother was related to a wealthy manufacturing family. Father was a traveling salesman with firms dealing in industrial supplies. Had 2 older brothers, and enjoyed a comfortable upbringing. Developed a strong interest in dance at the age of 8, and, at 16, she joined Martha Graham’s classes at Bennington College for the summer, after graduating from a local dance school. 5’6”, 108 lbs. The same year, her father died of carbon monoxide poisoning while working under his car in an open garage, in what have been an inadvertent suicide the day before his 60th birthday. Despite wanting to move to New York to continue her schooling, her mother insisted she live at home until she was 20. Practiced and taught dance, before joining the Graham Auxiliary Group in NYC, and working as fashion model to pay for her schooling. Although urged to make it a career, she returned home at her mother’s behest to become a fashion coordinator, as well as a model and dance instructor. In 1942, she married William Warren, an alcoholic furniture salesman in poor health. Took care of him through a coma and convalescence, before finally divorcing 4 years later, after a childless and largely unpleasant union. Met Gerald Ford a few years afterwards, after first turning him down for a date. The pair were married in 1948, two weeks before he was elected to his first term in Congress and she went with him to Washington. 3 sons and a daughter from the close union. Her husband was often away, making some 200 speeches a year, and the pressures of keeping their home together and loneliness caused long periods of pain as well as partial paralysis, from a pinched nerve in her neck. Became addicted to painkillers, beginning in 1964, as well as alcohol to assuage her unhappiness with his career, which she hoped would summarily end. Had to forego dancing, although medical help was not enough. Finally began seeing a psychiatrist, and healing herself. When her husband was suddenly thrust into the presidency in 1974, she suffered breast cancer soon after moving into the White House, and was able to act as a beacon for American women who had to face surgery and cancer, while serving as a highly accessible and extremely forthright and sometimes controversial first lady, a role she never wanted. Code-named Pinafore by the Secret Service. Outraged conservatives with her opinions, but was always popular with the public-at-large, who hailed her outspokenness, since there no issues she shied away from. Upon leaving the White House, she changed her outward appearance through a noticeable facelift, and her family intervened in her addictions. After curing herself, she became a healer for both celebrities and anonymous, albeit, well-heeled addicts, by setting up the Betty Ford clinic, in Rancho Mirage, California, which would go on to have a Hollywood roster of alcohol and pill-dependent stars needing to dry out. Described her recovery process in a 1987 book, “Betty: A Glad Awakening,” while remaining an outspoken supporter of women’s rights. At the same time, she recovered from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, without complications. Enjoyed her affluent retirement years with her husband, while publicly speaking about substance abuse and breast cancer awareness. Lost her husband in 2006, and suffered from blood clots in her legs, which curtailed her public life. Died of natural causes five years later, surrounded by her family. Inner: Forthright, candid, courageous and upbeat. Healing lifetime of publicly dealing with her wounds in order to be an exemplar for others to do the same. Margaret Taylor (Margaret Smith) (1788-1852) - American political helpmate. Known as “Peggy.” Outer: Of English/Scottish descent. Daughter of a tobacco plantation heir and grand/daughter of a general. Youngest of 7 children, with three brothers and three sisters. Little is known of her early life, save that she was raised in prosperity, and probably socialized with others of her elevated class, while her family was intertwined through marriage with the area’s elite. Lost her mother when she was 10, and her father 6 years later. Went to live with an older sister, at whose home she met her future husband. Medium height, with brown hair and eyes. Married Zachary Taylor (Gerald Ford) in 1810, and the following year went with him to the Indiana Territory, to begin life on a series of military posts. The pair had 6 children, 5 of them daughters, one of whom died of malaria as a child. After the death, she refused to expose the rest of their children to ongoing military hardships and sent them with relatives to live. Her 2nd daughter died of malaria several months after marrying Jefferson Davis (Lyndon Johnson). Followed her husband from post to post in an extremely close relationship, while becoming more and more religious, as an antidote for fearing for his life in battle. Ill and unhappy when he was elected president in 1850, thanks to his war heroics. Lived in seclusion in the White House, unmindful of gossips who erroneously projected she was pipe-smoking white trash, whereas she was a cultivated, albeit, sickly woman. Avoided all public functions, while attending church daily. Focused her energy on her family, rather than the nation. Fainted on her dying husband and fell prostrate on him when he succumbed to stomach cramps in 1850. Remained hysterical afterwards, and could not attend his funeral. Died 2 years later at her son’s home, completely worn down, without having made any public appearances following her spouse’s demise. Inner: Good soldier’s support, physical, able to endure hardships. Adverse to both fame and fortune. Felt politics only deprived her husband from her, and used religion as a tonic to deal with the various vicissitudes thrust at her. Mettle-testing lifetime of reluctantly being shoved centerstage as a hero’s wife, while dealing with her own ongoing sense of disintegration in the public eye. Clemence of Anjou (1293-1328). Outer: Mother was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, father was the French titular king of Hungary, mother was a Hapsurg princess. Niece of Louis IX’s (Michael Eric Dyson) younger brother Charles I of Anjou (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his first wife Marguerite (Maria Shriver) and therefore directly related to the royal Capetian line. Following the death of Philippe IV (Jerry Brown/Joe Biden) her future husband Louis X (Gerald Ford) succeeded to the throne in 1314. His first wife, Marguerite (Kate Millet) had earlier been found guilty of adultery on hearsay and locked up for a decade. In order for him to remarry so as to produce a legitimate heir, he had her either starved or strangled in 1315. Immediately afterwards, the duo were wed, and she was subsequently crowned queen. The following year, while she was pregnant, her husband died suddenly and prematurely of pneumonia. Her son, who was born a king died after only a few days. Rumor had it that he was pricked by a pin by an evil court member. Years later a false claimant to the throne came forth stating he was that child, but was swiftly routed. Subsequent to the birth, she was denied a regency, as was Jeanne (Rita Mae Brown), the daughter of her predecesser. Her brother-in-law subsequently seized the throne as Philippe V (Dwight Eisenhower). Had no choice but to leave the court and went to Avignon, before entering a Dominican convent in 1318. Found the life there unappealing and returned to Paris several years later, before dying prematurely, as a footnote to the French royal line. Inner: Pawn lifetime of linking up with her longtime mate on a royal level, only to almost immediately lose him, and be denied any power afterwards, leading to a premature exit on her part as well.


Storyline: The long-suffering spouse continues to walk hand-in-hand with her machiavellian mates down the long corridors of power, allowing them to use her for both their financial and emotional needs, while accepting her subordination for the status and subjugated support it brings her.

Thelma ‘Pat’ Nixon (Thelma Catherine Ryan) (1912-1993) - American political helpmate. Outer: Born in a miner’s shack, grew up on a 4 acre truck farm with little plumbing and no electricity. Father was a good-humored itinerant miner, while her German-born mother had a son from a previous marriage, and prevailed on her husband to give up mining when their daughter was one. 5 children all told. Adored her father, while the whole family labored on the farm. Her mother died of cancer when she was 12, and her father when she was 17. Thanks to her impoverished upbringing, she never forgot the slights of her youth. Headed for NYC at 18, where she worked as a secretary and X-ray technician. Returned to California, and spent 7 years getting a cum laude degree at USC in merchandising. Wanted to be a dept. store buyer, and financed her education through walk-on roles in films. Couldn’t find store work, and, instead, taught shorthand and typing. Met her future husband at a little theater, during auditions for the play, “The Dark Tower,” where he proposed on their first meeting. Both won parts in the play, and RMN used to drive her to dates until she finally accepted him. Engaged for 2 years after meeting and married at 27, 2 daughters from union. Despite being a loyal political wife, she never liked public roles, coming across as stiff and subservient to her husband’s ambitions, while dutifully listening to his speeches with a thin smile. Urged her mate to fight when he was almost thrown off the ticket in 1952, but wanted out of their political life after her husband’s 2 turns as v.p. Wept openly after he first lost the presidency in 1960, her singular display of public emotion. Reportedly was socked by her husband in 1962, following his embittered loss for the governorship of California. When he won the presidency in 1968, she promoted various education programs as First Lady, but shied away from real activism. Code-named Starlight by the Secret Service. Went into seclusion with her husband after his fall from office in 1974. A secret smoker, she suffered a stroke in 1976 that partially paralyzed her left side for a year. Enjoyed their affluence following his political career. Suffered a 2nd stroke in 1980, but also recovered from it. Became an invalid, suffering from emphysema. Died of lung cancer. Inner: Highly controlled and conventional, albeit warm and gracious in private. Never enthusiastic about her husband’s career, and was rarely herself in public. Intelligent and sensitive, miserable during her husband’s rise’n’fall run across the political landscape, offering advice and intuitions, but they were rarely taken. Stoic lifetime of compensating for a deprived childhood with an emotionally deprived adulthood, which was eventually internalized into her own physical incapacitation. Caroline Fillmore (Caroline Carmichael) (1813-1881) - American political helpmate. Outer: Married a prominent Albany merchant and railroad president in 1832, in a childless union. Wrote remedy and recipe books. When her husband died, he left her a wealthy widow, although she became a chronic invalid. In 1858, she married former president Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew), signing a prenuptial agreement so that her fortune would be in her own name, although it wound up in his control. He used it for an extended honeymoon in Europe and then for a large Victorian house in Buffalo. Enjoyed her elevated status despite her sense of being a bankroll to her spouse, and after his death in 1874, she gave voice to her growing distemper, while growing ever more infirm and eccentric as a footnote figure in American his’n’herstory. Inner: Subject to melancholy, with a sense of being used by her husband. Exploited lifetime of material comfort but a deep sense of unfulfillment, which was internalized, into her ongoing physical incapacitation and need for more than what she got from her mates. Mehitabel Deane (Mehitabel Webb) (1732-1767) - American helpmate. Outer: Married a storeowner, 5 children from union. Left widowed but well off. In her late 20s, she married Silas Deane (Richard Nixon), who took advantage of her income, lived in her house, and used her wealth as the basis for his own accumulated fortune. One son. Died before her husband began his political career, serving as his financial meal-ticket in order to do so. Inner: Support lifetime of being exploited by longtime mate, before disappearing into death well before he publicly embarrassed himself once again. Jeanne (1310-1371) - French queen. Outer: Father was the youngest son of Philippe III (Eliot Spitzer), and count of Evreux. Married Charles IV (Spiro Agnew) in 1325, as his third and final wife, 3 daughters from union. Her husband did not want to end the Capetian line, but fate dictated otherwise through her inability to produce a son and heir. Pregnant at the time of his demise, but posthumously pumped out a last daughter and the collateral line of Valois, after holding its collective breath for several months, ascended to the throne. Outlived her mate by over 40 years, although her later existence is ill-recorded, save for her final interment with her husband. Inner: Subsumed lifetime of support, while once again failing to make her will manifest.


Storyline: The loyal daughter stands by her longtime karmic familial ally no matter his indiscretions, in her ongoing education by proximity in the political arena at the hands of a master manipulator who has shown nothing but unwavering love for her.

Julie Eisenhower (Julie Nixon) (1948) - American political offspring. Outer: Father was Richard M. Nixon, mother was Pat Ryan Nixon. Younger sister of Tricia Nixon. Very supportive of her sire throughout his tumultuous career, with a lifelong interest in politics, and a noncritical view of her progenitor’s multiple duplicities. A graduate of Smith College, although she did not attend her graduation because of student protest threats, where she was regarded as a traitor to her generation for her traditional values. At 20, she married David Eisenhower, whom she had met as a child, when his grandfather and her father were both in the White House, 3 children from union. Urged her father not to resign in 1974, although stood by him when he did. Worked as an editor of the “Saturday Evening Post,” and wrote 5 books, including a biography of her mother, as well as a collective family biography. Served as a continuous apologist for her progenitor, after his fall. Thoroughly enjoyed her life out of the spotlight, although not without some secret political ambitions of her own. Eventually became estranged from her sister, however, over the direction and control of her father’s library and the bequests it engendered, with her desire to maintain an outside-family foundation to administer them. Inner: Intelligent and highly loyal, cool and calm. Support lifetime of marrying her previous son, while playing a faithful daughterly role to a longtime mate, as well as continuing to develop her own communication skills, in her ongoing education in the political realm. Abigail P. Fillmore (Abigail Powers) (1798-1853) - American political helpmate. Outer: Daughter of a prominent Baptist minister, who died when she was 2, leaving her mother, who was the daughter of a Baptist minister, as well, to raise her and her siblings in poverty. Became the first First Lady to rise from the lower economic rungs of society. Youngest of 7, with 5 brothers and a sister. Her mother would eventually remarry when she was 18, adding nine more step-siblings to her family. Self-taught through her father’s library, the single thing he bequeathed his family. 5’6”, with light auburn hair and blue eyes. Became a school teacher at 16, and met Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew) when he came to her for lessons. Encouraged him to study law, and, after a courtship of 8 years, she married him in her late 20s, 2 children, Mary Abigail (Tricia Nixon) and Millard Powers (David Eisenhower). Continued to teach after their marriage, against bridal custom of the time, while also raising funds to create the first circulating library in the state of New York. A very supportive helpmate, she served as her husband’s political adviser in his subsequent unspectacular career. Taught herself French and music in her 30s, and had family recitals with her daughter later on. Sickly, she wasn’t able to act as White House hostess, when her vice-president husband became president in 1850 on the death of Zachary Taylor (Gerald Ford), and, instead entrusted her daughter with those duties. Started the White House library, when she saw the mansion didn’t have a Bible. Died of a cold after the inauguration of her spouse’s successor, Franklin Pierce (Eugene McCarthy), when she insisted on attending the formality. Inner: Temperate and modest, active curious mind. Support lifetime of shepherding her mate to the White House, then dying just after his undistinguished presidency, having fulfilled her political duties, with little interest in continuing on afterwards. Anne Spencer, Countess of Sunderland (1683-1716) - English political wife. Outer: Daughter of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Jacqueline Kennedy) and John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (JFK). Favorite of her father’s and very close to him. Married politician Charles Spencer, 3rd earl of Sunderland (Richard Nixon) in 1700, helping his political career enormously by linking him with her powerful house. 3 sons from union, 2 dying young, and the 3rd becoming a soldier in service to the crown. Helped to temper her husband’s extravagances and was a loyal adviser and support to his up-and-down career. Died suddenly during one of his down periods, which devastated her father, as well as her mate, although he married an heiress a year later to begin yet another ascent back into the power arena. Inner: Clever, very political. Ballast lifetime in her ongoing political lessons from her longtime mate, as well as his longtime political rival. Anne of Bohemia (1366-1394) - Bohemian Queen of England. Outer: Eldest daughter of HRE Karl IV (Angela Merkel), by his 4th wife, Elizabeth of Pomerania. Little known of her early life. Probably educated at court. For political reasons initiated by Pope Urban VI to unite his divided empire with England against the anti-pope, she was proposed as English queen. Following much negotiating, at 18, she married Richard II (Richard Nixon) of England, after having the arranged nuptials delayed 3 years because of a peasant rebellion and then further impeded by French military action in the English channel. After finally making their union official, she was crowned two days later. Much grousing over expenses ensued, since she brought no dowry with her, although she enjoyed a close relationship with her husband, while slowly winning over her skeptical subjects, once they got to know her. Her large Bohemian retinue, however, added considerably to the king’s expenses, forcing him to struggle with Parliament over money. The couple was childless since the king had little interest in women, although he was singularly devoted to her, and both lived relatively opulently, enjoying their position, while traveling often together. The marriage was probably unconsummated, because of the king’s homophile tendencies and cultish devotion to the chastity of his predecessor, Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright), despite his need of a male heir. Died of pestilence before her husband’s fall from power. Deeply embittered at the loss, he burned her castle to the ground, while she was universally mourned. Inner: Politically astute and well-liked, despite her foreign origins, while rarely interfering in affairs of state. Support lifetime in the ongoing saga of her close relationship to her longtime husband/father, while dying well before he fell into his usual state of disgrace.


Storyline: The care-taking custodian takes it upon himself to protect and serve his family reputation through depiction and deletion, while viewing his/story up close and personal and subtly affecting it.

David Eisenhower (1948) - American political offspring. Outer: Grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, friends with his future wife from childhood on, thanks to their shared view from the White House, with her father serving his grandfather as vice-president. Father was an officer in the army. Only child. His earlier life drew much media attention, with projections of a political career on him, although he gradually faded from view. At 20, he married Julie Nixon, 3 children, close family life. Had a strong interest in sports, with initial thoughts of becoming a sportswriter. Became a lawyer, instead, and a military his/storian, including Eisenhower: At War 1943-1945, liming his grandfather’s exploits in WW II in highly detailed fashion. Like his wife, he much preferred being out of the spotlight, and was supportive of his beleaguered father-in-law. His singular claim to fame was via his association with 2 political families, rather than his own accomplishments, despite being a dogged researcher, with a love for statistic and story. Inner: Modest, detail-oriented, more the chronicler than the doer. Custodial lifetime of being given a first-hand view of his/story in his ongoing secondary education on rule. Millard Fillmore, Jr. (1828-1899) - American lawyer. Outer: Son of Millard (Spiro Agnew) and Abigail Fillmore (Julie Nixon). Elder of 2 children. Studied law at his father’s office and at Harvard. Served as a private secretary to his sire, practiced law and was later made a federal court judge, when his progenitor was president. Unmarried. Destroyed his father’s correspondence after his death, keeping Fillmore an enigmatic figure to his/story, and, in a sense, erasing his sire’s own potential Watergate tapes. Inner: Nondescript, but completely loyal to his father’s memory. Reverse chronicler lifetime of deletion, rather than addition, to the archives of his/story, playing a role that his subsequent father-in-law would probably have loved if he had repeated it.


Storyline: The quiet traditionalist ruffles no feathers in her ongoing proximity to power, preferring to serve as a bland, blank counterpoint to her drama-inducing serial fathers’ machinations around high offices.

Tricia Nixon Cox (1950) - American political offspring. Outer: Father was Richard Nixon, mother was Pat Ryan Nixon. The older sister of Julie Nixon, she was born 9 days after her father first declared for Congress. Traditional and conventional, she always acted the quiet, uncomplicated, compliant daughter. Graduated Finch College, then worked tutoring poor children afterwards. Uncomfortable in the limelight, she was dubbed, ‘the mysterious princess,’ by the White House press, after her father was elected president in 1968. Had a White House wedding in 1971, married a lawyer and settled in NYC, 2 children from union. Faded from public view when her father’s career ebbed in order to lead a conventional upper middle-class life, and feeling quite grateful to be out of the spotlight. After her sire’s death in 1994, she became estranged from her sister because of her desire to keep her father’s library and subsequent received bequests within family control, while the latter wished them run by a foundation. Inner: Quiet and shy, rarely reveals feelings to anyone, including close friends. Hidden lifetime of acting in accordance with tradition, giving ballast to her father’s need for illusion of conventional normalcy. Mary A. Fillmore (1832-1854) - American political offspring. Outer: Daughter of Abigail Fillmore (Julie Nixon) and Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew). One older brother, Millard, Jr. (David Eisenhower). Very much like her mother, sharing a similar interest in music. Also conversant in several languages. Separated from her parents at 6 when they moved to Washington. Went to several all-girl schools, before rejoining her parents when her father became president in 1850. Acted as White House hostess in place of her mother, when her father succeeded to the presidency in 1850. Died at the age 22 of cholera after taking ill while visiting her grandfather, spurring her father to try to return to politics, after being defeated for a 2nd full term. Inner: Conventional and self-expressive. Support lifetime of performing dutiful roles in the service of others, before doing an early fade to suppress any budding talents she might have that would in any way rock the future family boat. Marie (1305-1324) - French queen. Outer: Daughter of HRE Heinrich VII (Helmut Kohl). Became the second wife of Charles IV (Spiro Agnew) in 1322, following his divorce from his first adulterous mate, but got involved in a carriage accident and was seriously hurt while pregnant. Died of puerperal fever, giving birth to a premature stillborn son. Inner: Abbreviated lifetime of adding to the end of the line miseries of the Capet dynasty, along with all her fellow longtime family members.


Storyline: The abject failure somehow manages to sire presidents, providing his serial sons with an ongoing excellent example on how not to do it so as to propel them far beyond his own limited and limiting abilities.

Frank Nixon (1878-1956) - American presidential patriarch. Outer: Of Irish descent. Father was a teacher, part-time farmer and postal worker. Mother was a teacher and the daughter of a shopkeeper. Middle of 5 children. The family was forced to move around, and after his mother died in 1886, he was sent to live with his sire’s younger brother, before rejoining his original crew when his father remarried. His stepmother beat him, leaving him wounded and combative from his insecure upbringing. At 14, he had his only formal schooling for a few months, before dropping out and running away from home. Initially a Democrat, he was complimented on a horse he was riding by William McKinley (Richard Nixon), in an odd irony, since he would later become his son. Became a Republican afterwards. Drifted, worked as a farmhand, and then a trolley-car motorman in Ohio, among numerous jobs. Vengefully organized workers to improve conditions when he got frostbitten on the job. A Methodist, he adopted Quakerism when he married Hannah Milhous, 5 sons, including Richard Nixon. Moved out west with his wife in 1908, a few months after meeting her. Her parents were less than impressed with him, but love prevailed. Lost his motorman job after an accident, then failed with a lemon grove, worked in the oil fields and later opened a gas pump and general store. Failed at everything he did, despite an industrious capacity for hard work. Later moved back east, and named his cattle after movie stars, while living long enough to see his son give him some vindication as a vice-president, despite passing on many of his negative characteristics to him. Inner: Foul-tempered failure with a martyr complex. Outspoken, quarrelsome, quick to anger and prideful. Reverse-psychology lifetime of injecting his personality deficiencies into his famous son so that the nation-at-large would have to deal with them. Nathaniel Fillmore (1771-1863) - American presidential patriarch. Outer: Father was a sea-captain who later chronicled his own adventures in print. 2nd son by his 2nd wife. Had the same name as his older brother, as a symbolic negation of himself. Became a hard-luck bumbling adventurer. Moved his family to upstate NY to farm a plot that was ill-suited for cultivation. Husband of Phoebe Millard (Hannah Nixon), 5 sons, of whom Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew) was the oldest. Made a scant living, and was forced to move several times, providing his eldest son with little to send him on his way on his rise to the presidency. After his first wife’s death in 1831, he married a widow and had 5 more children. Became the 1st father of a president to visit his son in the White House. Inner: Hard luck, hard-scrabble lifetime, once again, of material incompetence and failure to live out dreams for himself, in order to spur his serial sons to far greater ambitions.


Storyline: The stalwart stoic does her duty in trying to raise her boys right, despite a disagreeable mate who can barely support her, forcing her to accept her lot through an ongoing faith in the mysterious ways of her God.

Hannah M. Nixon (Hannah Milhous) (1885-1967) - American political matriarch. Outer: Of Irish descent. Daughter of a prosperous nurseryman. Raised a Quaker, and had a secure upbringing. A good student, but she forsook her studies to marry Frank Nixon in 1908 despite her parents disapproval of him, and went on to stoically bear his personality defects and his business failures. 5 sons from union. Wanted her 2nd son Richard, whom she named after Richard the Lion-heart (Richard Burton), to become a Quaker missionary. Breast-fed a cousin when he was 6 months old, then had mastoid surgery when RMN was 9, to underline his lifelong sense of disconnection. Sent him off to school every day in a starched white shirt and bow-tie. When her eldest son developed TB, she left the family and took him to Arizona, where she operated a clinic where other TB patients came to die. Rejoined the family when he died 5 years later. Also lost a 2nd son. Served as a grounding figure of quiet perseverance for Richard Nixon and he was deeply attached to her throughout his life. Her last words to her son were, “Don’t give up. Don’t anyone tell you you are through.” Faded out just before he gained his lifelong ambition of the presidency in a final act of disconnection, much to his dismay, and he later invoked her as a source of pride during his downfall from the same office. Inner: Saintly, but depressive, controlling and humorless character. Accepted her lot in life and the difficulties that fate had for her, and did the best she could with it, according to her own vision. Testing lifetime of being confronted with out-of-control fate to test her martyred matriarchal sensibilities. Phoebe M. Fillmore (Phoebe Millard) (1780-1831) - American presidential matriarch. Outer: Daughter of a doctor. Had a comfortable upbringing, then endured a hardship marriage to Nathaniel Fillmore (Frank Nixon), who had great difficulty in supporting his family, despite a capacity for hard work. 5 sons, with future president, Millard Fillmore (Spiro Agnew) the oldest. Put most of her energy into her eldest son in an adult life of little material comfort. Died of dropsy. Inner: Sickly, but uncomplaining through hard times. Descending lifetime of moving from comfort to deprivation in accordance with her own martyr and saintly sensibilities.


Storyline: The bashful billionaire proves that money can buy everything, including madness, in his ongoing self-imprisoning search for his own elusive center.

Howard Hughes (Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.) (1905-1976?) - American financier, aviator, inventor and aerospace engineer.. Outer: Only child and son of a multimillionaire oil drill manufacturer. Had a lonely childhood, with a great desire to prove himself. His mother was obsessed with germs, which she passed onto her son. Never finished high school, thanks to his father’s constantly taking him traveling. His mother died when he was 16, while his father passed 2 years later, and he dropped out of California Inst. of Technology and Rice Univ. to build an empire on his sire’s tool company, buying out all the other heirs and inventing an oil drill that made his fortune. Became an aviation enthusiast in his teens, and began investing in Hollywood films at the age of 20. 6’4”, with black hair and dark brown eyes. Married Ella Rice, a Houston socialite in 1925, after members of his family arranged the union. Largely loveless, it ended 4 years later in divorce. Eventually made his name in 1930 with Hell’s Angels, an aviation spectacular, in which he suffered the first of 4 plane crashes, while 3 pilots died during the filming. Abruptly left Hollywood in 1932 and took a job as a copilot with American Airways, staying for only 2 months, but thoroughly learning the business, before becoming a designer, builder and pilot of advanced aircraft. Founded the Hughes Aircraft Company, and broke numerous speed records in the latter half of the 1930s in aircrafts of his own design, including a record round-the-world jaunt in 1938 that culminated in a ticker-tape parade in New York. Returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s as director and producer of The Outlaw, designing a cantilevered bra for its full-figured star, Jane Russell, although it was almost immediately recalled and not released again for several years, garnering much publicity in the process. In the early part of his career he had numerous brief affairs with actresses, and eventually married one, Jean Peters, in 1957, no children from the union. The duo were separated for much of their union, according to his oddball dictates, and divorced in 1971. Designed a huge wooden seaplane during WW II, nicknamed the Spruce Goose, which took 5 years to build, as well as $18 million of taxpayer money. Flew it only once in 1947, and then kept it in storage, as a monument to his eccentricity, although it provided technical knowhow for the future aerospace industry. Had a spectacular crash flying a photo/reconnaissance plane of his own design in 1946, suffering severe injuries, including a lacerated skull. After his recovery, he underwent a profound transformation, gradually turning himself into a total recluse. In 1948, he gained a controlling interest in RKO studios and theater chains, and turned it into a ghost company through his distant management policies, although he eventually sold it for a profit. In the mid-50s, he left Hollywood for Las Vegas, and began conducting more and more business by phone rather than in person. Also started using body doubles, in his desire for absolute secrecy around his dealings. In late 1966, he moved into the penthouse suite of the Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas, and gradually dipped into his own madness and paranoia, where he was protected by 5 Mormon male nurses, hiring them for their cleanliness, while seeing no one else, including his wife. Obsessed with germs and privacy, he lived mostly in rooms that were sealed with Kleenex, using 12 boxes a day, feeling air and light were unhealthy. Used an electronic communications network to commandeer his multi-billion dollar empire, while buying more Vegas hotels, casinos, land, a local airline and a TV station, and becoming a major, albeit invisible, economic power in that city. Strong supporter of Richard Nixon, giving him a controversial loan, as a solidarity gesture with the former’s equally obsessive anti-communist stance. Lost control of Trans World Airlines, by refusing to appear in court, although he also sold his shares for a huge profit in 1966. Constantly on the move with his retinue of Mormon aides after 1971, flying from one secret place to another, including the Bahamas, Nicaragua, Canada, England and Mexico, while always living in a black-curtained room. Briefly flushed out by a bogus autobiography in 1971, where he was forced to deny it in a media hook-up. A year before, documents show he may have married Eva McClelland in Panama, using the name Nik Nicely, a CIA agent who had disappeared several years before. In 1973, he went through detox and resumed flying. Near the presumed end of his life he had more than 6500 prescriptions, mostly in his aides’ names. Officially died on an airflight of kidney failure, long-haired and emaciated, from years of hardly eating or sleeping and excessive drug-taking, although that person may have been a 94 pound body double, a mentally ill drug addict who was employed to allow him to disappear. The body was quickly buried, with only cousins and a CIA agent at his funeral, and no aides. Numerous forged wills appeared after his death, including a claim by Melvin Dummar, a gas station owner, that he had saved his life in 1967, when he emerged from the Utah desert completely disheveled although it, too, was declared a forgery, while garnering a considerable amount of publicity, as well as a well-received 1980 film, Melvin and Howard. Actress Terry Moore claimed she had secretly married him in 1949, and they had never divorced, which won her an undisclosed settlement from his estate in 1984. Several illegitimate children also laid claim to his money. According to his last wife, the couple eventually settled in Alabama, under his assumed new name, and he continued his eccentric ways, as she slowly realized who he was. The duo often separated, although always got back together again, and he ultimately died in his 90s. His body was then cremated and his ashes were scattered over Florida, according to wishes. Inner: Unique figure with a monomaniacal penchant for mystery, and facility for making money. Felt he could buy anyone he wanted. Curious emblem of America’s love affair with finances, allowing him to exercise all the excesses of his own madness because of his fortune. Highly racist, among his huge catalogue of fears and fixations. Invisible man lifetime of being a prisoner of his own making, while literally trying to ascend to another plane of himself and wrapping himself in endless mystery and speculation. of being a prisoner of his own making, while literally trying to ascend to another plane of himself. William Duer (1747-1799) - English/American financier and political leader. Outer: 3rd son of a wealthy plantation owner, who held estates in the West Indies. Mother was the daughter of a British army officer. Went to Eton, and then while he was still underage, he became an ensign in the British Army. Served as an aide to Robert Clive (T.E. Lawrence) in India, but couldn’t deal with the climate, and returned to England for 5 years, leaving the army. Went to the West Indies following his father’s demise, and looked after his sire’s estates there, some of which he had inherited. Came to NY for lumber supplies, and wound up buying land and building large sawmills there. Made a colonel of militia, a judge and a member of the provincial congress in the Revolutionary War period. Subsequently, built his fortune on naval supplies, becoming one of the largest contractors to the Continental army. Active in NY state politics, he was a delegate to the Continental Congress. In 1779, he married Catherine Alexander, the daughter of Scottish-American general William Alexander, his son of the same name was a judge, while another son also became a jurist. After the war, he was a member of the state legislature and was appointed Asst. Secretary of the Treasury. 2nd only to Robert Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) as a financier of his period and like him, fell victim to excessive land speculation, which caused his ruin, as well as great loss for many others. Except for a short period, he spent the last 7 years of his life in prison, during which time a mob threatened to seize and disembowel him. Inner: A doer who overextended himself in his acquisitiveness. Tireless energy, far-sighted, with a persuasive eloquence. Undertook too much, no attention to detail. His execution was not equal to his conceptions. Despite democratic ideals, he pursued aristocratic lifestyles. Undone lifetime of imprisoning himself through outer rather than inner activities. Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (1641-1702) - English politician. Outer: Close connection to his mother, who was renowned for her beauty and her charity. Only son and heir of the 1st earl. Impetuous and insolent when young, more self-confident with age. Father died when he was 3, mother remarried when he was 12. Studied in southern Europe and at Christ Church, Oxford. Married a rich heiress, Ann Digby, 7 children including Charles Spencer (Richard Nixon). Thanks to the support of one of the king’s mistresses, Louise de Keroualle (Joan Crawford), he gained political employment on embassies to Madrid and Paris. In 1679, after a payment of £6000, he became Secretary of State and exerted much influence in the cabinet over the next 18 months, although he was ultimately dismissed for various intrigues and forced to make an abject submission to the future James II (Martin Sheen) before regaining his position. onverted to Catholicism to further his career, while continuing his intrigues, then later renounced his conversion when it became expedient to do so. Married his eldest daughter Anne to the profligate James Hamilton (Bob Hope) to curry favor with the new king, but was forced to flee to the continent when the Glorious Revolution of 1688 gave the throne to William III (Lyndon Johnson). Reverted to Protestantism, afterwards, while sending the proposed new king numerous suggestions and ingratiating himself once more into the royal court. Made himself indispensable to William, after abandoning the previous dethroned monarch, James II. Used his diplomatic skills to great success and was made lord chamberlain in 1697 as well as one of the lord justices. Ultimately driven from office by parliamentary opposition, although he retained his great wealth, as well as his influence until his death. Inner: Universally disliked for his dishonesty, despite his diplomatic gifts. Crafty, rapacious and unscrupulous. Savagely sarcastic, but had a quick grasp and detailed knowledge of foreign affairs. Excellent sense of business, able to make himself indispensable. Manipulative lifetime of playing with power through his devious sense of control, and suffering ultimate rejection, for his underhanded ways. Roberto di Ridolfi (1531-1612) - Italian financier and conspirator. Outer: From the prominent Florentine family of Ridolfi di Piazza. Trained as a merchant and banker and entered into mercantile relations with London merchants. Settled in London after the accession of the Catholic Mary I (Rose Kennedy) in 1553 and worked for the English crown, but secretly supported discontented Catholics, while intriguing with the French and Spanish ambassadors. Participated in revolts in Northern England in 1569, was arrested on suspicion but not proven guilty. Plotted an English revolution with Felipe II of Spain (Adolf Hitler), as well as the pope, to overthrow the English government with the aid of the Spanish army. Thomas Howard, the duke of Norfolk (Richard Nixon) was implicated and executed, and his agent was arrested, although he was in Brussels at the time, and he simply returned to Italy, ending his career as a Florentine senator in 1600. Inner: Ardent Catholic, and compulsive intriguer. Double-dealing lifetime of acting out his facility for finances and compulsion for intrigue, without the usual self-punishment at the end. Filippo Maria Visconti (1392-1447) - Italian Renaissance prince. Outer: Member of a powerful Italian family. Father Gian Galeazzo (John D. Rockefeller) was the ruler of Milan, who, through cunning, diplomacy and violence, greatly enhanced the family’s power and fortunes. In 1412, he inherited the title from his brother, who may have murdered their mother, and whose own personal violence led to the former’s assassination, which he viciously avenged. Known for his physical ugliness, which made him a recluse, rarely appearing in public. Never allowed his portrait to be painted. Married Beatrice Lascaris, the widow of a condottieri twice his age for political and financial reasons, but the union was never consummated. Had her confess under torture of an affair with a page, then had her beheaded in 1418, when she began showing more of an interest in state than he deemed comfortable. Fomented a bellicose environment in northern Italy with his territorial winning some and losing some through his condottieri throughout the 1420s. His 2nd marriage, in 1428 to Maria, the daughter of the Duke of Savoy, was also a union of political convenience, and was also unconsummated, while he supported her father for a decade reign as an anti-pope. Restored his duchy by remote control, using adept mercenaries, reorganizing finances and introducing the silk trade, proving to be an efficient ruler over a 3 and 1/2 decade period. Lived in a darkened castle where no one could see him. His reclusiveness and obsession with privacy eventually drove him to paranoia. Had two illegitimate daughters, including Bianca Maria (Richard Nixon), and married her to the condottiere, Francesco Sforza (Sumner Redstone), who ultimately claimed his duchy for his family following the paranoid prince’s death, which ended his family’s direct male line. Inner: Superstitious, ruthless and obese, with little love for anything other than pure power. Puppet-master lifetime of being a prisoner of his own making, while getting ever deeper into his own profound sense of alienation and madness, a theme he would continue to explore. Michael de la Pole, 1st earl of Suffolk (1330?-1389) - English nobleman. Outer: Eldest son of a successful merchant who advanced large sums to the regency of Isabella (Richard Nixon) and Roger Mortimer, a former incarnation of his own son. In 1345, he married the daughter of the earl of Stafford, 5 sons and 3 daughters from the union. Knighted at the age of 16, and occupied himself from that time onward with the ongoing war with the French. Took part in the siege of Limoges in 1370. Attached himself to the powerful noble John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson). Appointed admiral of the north in 1376, and became the most trusted adviser of the young king Richard II (Richard Nixon) on the retirement of John of Gaunt. Appointed chancellor of England in 1383, although he garnered much distrust because of his great wealth. Opposition to him was spearheaded by Thomas, duke of Gloucester (Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.), and he was dismissed because of his large pecuniary demands to further the war, despite Richard’s reluctance to let him go. Articles of impeachment were drawn up against him for misappropriating funds and other remissness in his duties. Convicted on 3 charges, and sentenced to the loss of his lands and his grants, as well as to prison until he paid an adequate fine. Released by Richard and had his fine remitted, as well as being reinstated as the king’s adviser. In 1387, however, he was compelled to flee the realm when he was condemned to death and his title and estates were forfeited. After great difficulty, he reached Paris, where he died. Son of the same name eventually was restored to his title and estates under the next regime, although the family would breed intriguers against the crown further down the line. Inner: Unscrupulous and avaricious. Comeuppance lifetime of overextending his reach, despite royal protection, and suffering the consequences for his hubris. Roger Mortimer, 1st earl of March (1287-1330) - Irish nobleman and conspirator. Outer: Descendant of Norman knights, eldest son of an Irish baron. Inherited wealth and estates and his father’s title in his late teens and was knighted 2 years later. In 1301, he married Maude de Braose, an Irish heiress, which added considerably to his real estate portfolio, 4 sons, 8 daughters from union. Put under the stewardship of Piers Gaveston (Jacqueline Kennedy), at the death of his father in 1304, and was knighted two years later, at which point he came into his full inheritance. Did battle with his wife’s relatives, was defeated and withdrew to England. Empowered by Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), he returned to Ireland and successfully repelled Edward Bruce (Edward Kennedy) as well as his wife’s family in 1317. Became involved in the struggle against the king’s advisers, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1322. With the help of Adam Orleton (Whittaker Chambers), he escaped to France 2 years later and joined Queen Isabella (Richard Nixon) there, becoming her lover, which forced the duo to retreat from court to Flanders. Invaded England with her in 1326, was implicated in the murder of Edward II, and became virtual ruler of England for the first 4 years of Edward III’s (Duke of Wellington) minority reign because of his influence over the queen. Popularly seen as the agent for the king’s murder, while forming numerous plots and intrigues to dispel blames for his failures. His flawed character, however, soon alienated the English nobility, and he was seized, tried for usurping royal power and being a regicide, and was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor. Inner: Unscrupulous, opportunistic, avaricious, arrogant. Comeuppance lifetime of bringing all his character defects into play, and suffering the usual recompense in an ongoing series of experiences that found him growing ever more devious and deceptive.


Storyline: The dark-spirited demagogue switches genders but retains tactics by continually rousing the rabble with pet bete noirs, to see if she will completely spend herself in yet another misspent effort to redefine her times according to her own ongoing need to be politically stage center by veering off harshly to the right.

Ann Coulter (Ann Hart Coulter) (1961) - American lawyer and political commentator. Outer: Of British, Irish and German descent with a touch of Dutch. Father was an attorney. Youngest of 3, with 2 older brothers. Grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut under upper middle class auspices, in a household that celebrated conservative Christian values. 6', slim with green eyes and blonde hair. Graduated cum laude from Cornell Univ., where she launched a newspaper that reflected her views, “The Cornell Review,” before going on to receive her law degree from the Univ. of Michigan, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. While there, she founded a local chapter of the Federalist Society, and also trained at the National Journalism Center. Tall and slim. Extremely ambitious, she served as a clerk for a justice of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, then labored as an attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Briefly worked as a private attorney in NYC before eventually becoming a litigator with the Center For Individual Rights. In 1996, she was hired by MSNBC as a legal correspondent, inaugurating her highly public career as a media pundit, although she was fired the following year for opining to a paralyzed Vietnam veteran who claimed it was mostly American soldiers who stepped on their own land-mines, “No wonder you guys lost.” Quickly became a favorite on the conservative TV and radio circuit for her overheated commentary and bulldog view of loopy liberalism, building a large fan base that shared her sentiments and heard high humor in her mean-spirited observations. Served as an unpaid legal adviser to Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against Pres. Bill Clinton. Tried to amp the case up, leaking a description of Clinton’s anatomically incorrect organ to the press in an attempt at sabotaging a settlement, only to find her client’s claim summarily dismissed in court, and the president more than willing to part with a very large sum, $850,000, to insure the decision wasn’t appealed. In 1998, she wrote a book in response to the case, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, and suddenly found her ultimate niche in penning bestsellers around her nose-holding disdain of liberalism and its practitioners. As she continued her polemics against the left, she swiftly discovered that the more outrageous her statements, the more copies of her books she sold, and acted accordingly, with her next 4 tomes, often playing fast and loose with facts, for which she has been liberally scolded by various liberals. Championed Joseph McCarthy, an earlier life of hers, in her third book. Flirted with running for Congress from Connecticut as a spoiler on the Libertarian Party, although its leadership failed to endorse her. Later incurred charges of voter fraud for misinformation on forms in cases still pending. A newspaper columnist, who has often been replaced by other conservatives, after crossing over invisible lines, as well as a popular college speaker in some circles, a Fox TV analyst and a source of visceral protest in others. Made the cover of Time magazine in 2005, and the following year, she raised the hackles of nearly everyone with her claim that the widows of 9/11 were glorifying in their celebrity, while her book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, shot up to number one on the best seller lists, allowing her to laugh all the way to the bank, while much of the rest of America shook their symbolic fists at her. A great favorite of those who share her views, despite being a sloppy writer, a slipshod researcher and a profoundly mean-spirited social thinker. Also a popular speaker for the irately anti-permissive set, thanks to her homophobic innuendoes against those who do not measure up to her mothball sense of masculinity. In her yearly nose-thumbing book promotion tour in 2007, she managed to insult Jews by casually calling for their conversion to Christianity in order to perfect them, in yet another blatant desire for bestsellerdom through her own highly successful self-branding as a calculatedly conservative controversialist. In 2008, she broke her jaw and had her mouth wired shut, just in time for her yearly stunt-filled release of the same book she keeps rewriting and re-titling over and over again. Endorsed Mitt Romney as the great white hope of the Republican Party in 2012, despite his thin conservative credentials, while showing a particular antipathy toward Newt Gingrich, in spite of his far closer ideology to her particular strain of unempathetic traditionalism. By 2015, she had become so predictable in her incendiary bomb-throwing as to elicit no interest in anything she had to say, thanks to the limited shelf life that sheer negativity usually has on the public stage for all its practitioners. Nevertheless, she dedicated all of 2016 to her support of the Donald Trump candidacy for the presidency. The book that resulted from it, “In Trump We Trust,” was immediately undermined by his flip-flopping on immigration and within a week of its launch, it was already marked down 40%. Later harshly critical of some of Trump’s immigration policies. Has a net worth of $8.5 million. Inner: Sharp-witted, and unafraid of offending everyone who doesn’t agree with her. Strong Christian sensibilities, with an abiding faith in Jesus Christ as her savior, despite a complete lack of heart towards anyone outside her cultural blinders. Strong admirer of Joseph McCarthy, both a past-life of hers, and a template for this go-round as well. Usually apologizes by giving even greater exaggeration to her nettling claims. Clown in a black cocktail dress lifetime of trying to make the world a little worse for her having been in it. Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) - American politician and rabble-rouser. Outer: Of irish and German descent. Father was a farmer, raised as a Wisconsin farmboy, the fifth of seven children. Withdrawn and insecure as a child, he shunned strangers and clung fearfully to his mother. Later claimed an injury he suffered from falling off a ladder while horsing around, was a war wound. Had a rudimentary education in a one-room schoolhouse, and worked on the family farm until 1929, when he managed a grocery story. Despite a fearful childhood, he became loud and aggressive as an adult. Completed high school in one year in 1929 with the aid of its principal, then got a law degree from Marquette Univ., graduating in 1935, and was admitted to the Wisconsin bar. An enthusiastic gambler because of money shortages, he proved inept at cards, although usually won, thanks to a skill at bluffing. Unsuccessful in his initial run as a Democrat for district attorney of Wisconsin County. Several years later, he was elected judge, but his term on the bench was controversial and he was reprimanded for ‘highly improper trial procedures,’ while spending a goodly amount of time playing poker. Nevertheless, he got reelected. Volunteered for the Marines in 1942, and served as a first lieutenant with the intelligence corps in the Pacific. Later inflated his war record, to make it look as if he were an active combatant, winning the sobriquet, ‘Tailgunner Joe.’ Returned to the U.S. in 1944, while still on active duty, and ran for the Senate but was defeated, this time as a Republican. Narrowly won the seat 2 years later through false charges, and established himself as a conservative with close ties with the real estate lobbies. Made personal attacks on other senators, making him non-too-popular with his colleagues, and remained in relatively obscurity until 1950, when he waved around a sheaf of papers in a speech in West Virginia to a Women’s Republican Club and claimed to have lists of communists everywhere in the government, some 205, which were later reduced to 57, although he never uncovered a single one. Far more the mischiefmaker than the committed ideologue, he took full advantage of the paranoia of the Cold War, and a series of spy scandals of the time. Bullied everyone he could from Democratic Pres. Harry Truman on down and bragged to reporters, “If you want to be against McCarthy, boys, you’ve got to be either a cocksucker or a communist.” Gained much support from the Catholic community, as well as the Kennedy family, who felt his rise might grease the way for their own to become president. Won reelection handily in 1952, and despite a newly elected Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, continuing his diatribes against communist infiltration in the government, much to the latter’s displeasure, although he did nothing about it. Married in 1953 to Jean Kerr, a longtime member of his staff, and the duo adopted a daughter months before his death. Shortly afterwards, he began an inquiry into the U.S. Army, which raised a lot of hackles, and in return, the following year, the Army counterattacked, accusing him of trying to get favorable treatment for a former aide of his, G. David Schine, who was a private the the time. During a live televised hearing, his star quickly faded and he wound up censured by the Senate, after an elderly army counsel asked him, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” Ignored by the press, afterwards, as well his fellow senators, he descended into alcohol and ill health and died of acute hepatitis brought on by acute alcoholism. Inner: Flagrant liar, with a talent for invective, and a flair for self-dramatization. Extremely combative and unable to retreat from his positions. Inflexible, and a crude practical joker. No real ambition save for rabble rousing, making him a ludicrous figure of fear and irresponsibility, who nevertheless became a definitive character on the political landscape and added McCarthyism, or prosecutorial accusations with no real substance, to the American vocabulary. J’accuse lifetime of playing a crude practical joke on the nation-at-large, as a means of establishing his own unique sense of self-expression without regard for consequence. James Lane (1814-1866) - American army officer and politician. Outer: Father was a lawyer. Had a frontier upbringing, then followed his father’s profession, studying with the latter, and admitted to the bar in 1840. Lean, haggard and unkempt. Married in 1841 to Mary Baldridge, the grand-daughter of Gen. Arthur St. Clair (John Glenn). Divorced 15 years later. Made a reputation for himself in the Mexican War later in the decade, and he rode it to a lieutenant governorship of Indiana, and one term in the U.S. House of Reps. Moved to the Kansas territory in 1855, and took martial advantage of the explosive situation there between proslavery and antislavery forces. Organized a Free State militia, and was elected a jay-hawking senator, although the senate refused to recognize him. Collected an army of irregulars and began raiding and ravaging proslavery settlements. Made a major general of militia in 1857, the same year he remarried, and became a recognized senator in 1861, when Kansas officially became a state. Breveted a brigadier general of volunteers by Pres. Abraham Lincoln, and was instrumental in recruiting a brigade of African-American troops for the Union. A controversial character both at home and in Washington, with a penchant for provocation, he eventually became embroiled in a scandal surrounding Amerindian contracts, after winning enmity for his support of the president’s Reconstruction program. Returned home in deep depression, and killed himself. Inner: Sarcastic, full of invective, harsh and raspy-voiced, a born agitator. Unbalanced lifetime of playing on the compassionate side of a divisive issue, only to allow his overall lack of integration, once again, to overwhelm him. Horatio Gates (1728-1806) - English/American general. Outer: Father held a variety of positions, revenue officer, army officer, clergyman and greengrocer. Mother was a housekeeper to the Duke of Leeds. Named for his godfather, Horatio Nelson (Moshe Dayan). Entered the Army at an early age, and served in Nova Scotia. Married Elizabeth Phillips in 1754, one son from the union. Severely wounded the following year in the French & Indian Wars. Took part in the conquest of Martinique in 1762, and then returned for a near decade to England, during which time he retired from the army with the rank of major in 1765. Settled in Virginia on a plantation at the behest of George Washington (George Marshall) in the early 1770s, and espoused the patriot cause in reaction to the English caste system. As a friend of Washington and a Virginia planter, he was able to maintain a social position denied him in England. Commissioned a brigadier general in 1775, he ultimately rose to major general, while proving a successful commander in upstate NY. Made president of the War Board in 1777, then became involved in the Conway Cabal, when a series of letters by Gen. Thomas Conway (Spiro Agnew) suggested he replace Washington as commander-in-chief. Never implicated, although not adverse to the proposed promotion. Continued his own command, although saw little combat until 1780, when a disastrous defeat at Camden, the worst of the war for the American forces, led Congress to call for an investigation. He was not indicted, but he was relieved of his command, and he was replaced. Retired hastily to much sarcastic commentary. Did one more brief run of service under Washington in 1782 and in 1783, he retired to his plantation. His wife died in 1783, after his son passed 3 years earlier. He was rejected by the widow of Richard Montgomery, and married an heiress in 1786 worth several hundred thousand dollars. Emancipated his slaves in 1790 and moved to NYC where he died on his farm. Inner: Good administrator, but mediocre strategist. Vigorous, but also at times wavering and indecisive. Exceedingly unpopular among the best officers in army, and had a habit of turning people off the better they knew him. Tenaciously moral, staunch Whig with liberal views. Bedeviled lifetime of trying to make amends for manipulations of the past, only to be ultimately undone by his limited sense of generalship, as well as karmic associations, to wind up with a mixed career, tainted once again by controversy. Titus Oates (1649-1705) - English cleric and rabble-rouser. Outer: Son of a Baptist minister, he was expelled from school his first year there. Shifted to several colleges at Cambridge, although he took no degree. Managed, however, to be ordained in the Church of England, and he became a vicar of Bobbing in 1673. While serving as a curate in Hastings the following year, he made an outlandish charge against a schoolmaster, and was charged with perjury, only to escape before the trial and become a navy chaplain, but was thrown out for misconduct. Became chaplain to the Protestants in the Roman Catholic household of the duke of Norfolk. A fellow intriguer, Israel Tonge (Guy Burgess), convinced him to join the Catholic Church, but he was subsequently tossed out of 2 foreign seminaries, before the duo invented the Popish Plot in 1678, whereby Jesuits were planning to murder the Protestant king, Charles II (Peter O’Toole), and take over the throne. Caused a frenzy of anti-Catholic feeling in England, as well as the execution of over 30 people and a wave of terror. Hailed as a hero for his revelations, although his fabrications swiftly began to unravel and he lost both his support and a pension that had been granted to him. In 1685, he was tried for perjury before Jeffreys of Wem (Roy Cohn), and was sentenced to stand in the pillory annually, be flogged, and imprisoned for life. After the Catholic James II (Martin Sheen) fell from the throne in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, his sentence was reversed, and he was released. In 1693, he married a rich widow, and was later given a pension again. Became a Baptist, and frequently preached but was expelled from that Church as well in 1701, as a ‘disorderly person and a hypocrite.’ Died in obscurity. Inner: Arrogant and blustery, with a fondness for obscenity, and a unquenchable penchant for alienating people. Face totally dominated by his mouth. Finger-pointing lifetime, once again, of stirring an entire nation into paranoia and terror through the irresponsibility of his own imagination, and then paying for his excesses, with his ultimately punishment, obscurity. Blanche (1296-1326) - French queen. Outer: Father was the count of Burgundy, mother was the countess of Artois, younger sister of Jeanne (Mamie Eisenhower), who preceded her on the throne. Married the future Charles IV (Spiro Agnew) in 1307, but proved extremely flirtatious, involving herself in a number of affairs. 2 children, both of whom died young. Her improprieties were revealed by her sister-in-law, Isabelle (Richard Nixon), later queen of England, and she was imprisoned in a fortress, while one of her lovers confessed under torture and was executed. To show her absolute contempt for her circumstances, she had a child by her jailer. Confessed and ultimately was banished to a nunnery, after her marriage to the young king was annulled upon his enthronement in 1322, as his first regal act. Inner: Seductive and manipulative. Mischief-making lifetime of playing with her position, amidst longtime family members, only to be outed, before switching genders and continuing her/his ongoing assaults on the moral sensibilities of her/his times.


Storyline: The injudicious justice shows no judicial restraint in employing his innate brilliance in service of himself, while keeping his true nature well-hidden from the judgments of others, in one memorable career after another.

Roy Cohn (Roy Marcus Cohn) (1927-1986) - American lawyer. Outer: Only child of a doting mother and a Jewish judge who was politically active in Bronx Democratic politics, as well as being a courthouse wheeler and dealer. His parents were unhappily married; his father was cold, while his mother was totally fixated on her beloved son, who lived with her until she died in 1969. Precocious and brilliant, he was already a fixer and mover in his mid-teens. Avoided the draft by repeatedly applying to West Point and being rejected until the Korean War was over. Sped through Columbia Univ. and Law School in 3 years, and began working for the office of the U.S. Attorney, where he helped win a number of cases related to the Communist Party, particularly as a prosecutor of the 1951 Rosenberg spy case, in which the two were convicted and executed. His aggressive tactics got him the position of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s (Ann Coulter) chief counsel during his subcommittee’s televised Army hearings in the early 1950s which were centered on rooting out Communists in the military. Won out over Robert Kennedy for the position, but Kennedy later got even by prosecuting him for perjury and jury tampering. Used his influence to try to get preferential treatment for staff member G. David Schine, who had been drafted, which led to the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954, which would prove the death knell for McCarthy’s career. Despite the negative publicity, he went into private practice, and became a highly successful N.Y. attorney afterwards, as an inveterate manipulator who was well-threaded through the power structure of both the city and the country. Despite being a nominal Democrat, most of his support went to Republican candidates, as he built up a high profile list of clientele. Gave public pretense as a heterosexual, although by the 1970s he gradually made more open forays into the homophile netherworld, while maintaining an overt homophobic stance, since he derived no power from being a gay man. As his attorney, served as a mentor for a young Donald Trump, teaching him the tactics that would later serve him in his political rise. Greatly feared in the courtroom for his ruthless style, so that many opponents settled for out-of-court judgments, rather than doing battle with him. Less successful in legal battles when he couldn’t pull strings and had to go through standard court procedures. Amassed great wealth and power through his powerful contacts, and lived extremely well. Did continuous battle with the IRS, liquidating all his assets and owning nothing in his own name. Called before a grand jury 6 times, he was tried and acquitted 3 times on various federal charges, until he was finally disbarred for dishonesty, fraud and deceit, and died of AIDS immediately afterwards, while insisting to his dying breath that he had liver cancer. Buried in a small private family mausoleum. Inner: Supremely self-confident and aggressive, with a sure instinct for power and wealth, but little social conscience and no shame over its absence. Homophobic homophile, probably harbored some sense of self-dislike. Tarnished golden boy lifetime of turning his verbal and social gifts into supreme self-interest, and enjoying a long run for his money, before having his conflicted nature finally catch up with him. Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884) - Confederate statesman and British barrister. Outer: Born into a Sephardic Portuguese-Jewish family of shopkeepers, on St. Croix, which was under British rule at the time. His parents divorced when he was in his teens, after moving to Charleton, S.C. when he was 2. Later, his father helped found the first Reform synagogue in America. Relatives aided him in getting into Yale, although he was thrown out 2 years after entering, under cloudy circumstances. Gave English lessons in French in New Orleans, and married one of his pupils, Natalie St. Martin, an upper class Roman Catholic, in 1833, but the pair were often separated and his wife had several affairs during those times, one daughter who became a Catholic. Became a clerk for a notary, which prepared him for a legal career. Quickly made a considerable reputation for himself, and became a wealthy, powerful lawyer specializing in civil and commercial law, while co-publishing a digest of Louisiana Supreme Court decisions. Damaged his eyesight with overwork, while buying half-interest in a sugar plantation, although lost his holding through financial reverses. Speculated in railroads as well. Elected as a Whig to the Louisiana state assembly in 1842, and a decade later, he won a seat in the U.S. Senate. Re-elected for a 2nd term, the first acknowledged Jew to do so. A pro-slavery senator, he delivered a notable secession speech in 1860, before resigning his seat at the outbreak of the Civil War. After the establishment of the Confederacy, he became its Attorney General, Secretary of War and in 1862, Secretary of State and intimate of Jefferson Davis (Lyndon Johnson), writing many of his messages. Known as “the brains of the confederacy,” yet was subsequently mentioned only twice in the latter’s huge two-volume memoirs, while also holding the dubious distinction of being the most hated man in the Confederacy. Unable to raise European money for the South’s cause, or gain foreign support, despite a call for emancipation at war’s nearend to do so. After the collapse of the southern effort, he took an open boat to the Bahamas, then to Havana, and finally came to England. Won admission as a barrister to Lincoln Inn, after only 5 months study, an extraordinary achievement for an American. Subsequently had a brilliant career, rising to the position of Queen’s counsel, and finally regaining some financial security in the process. Began suffering from diabetes in 1880, and after a heart attack at the end of 1882, he retired the next year and moved to Paris. Destroyed all his papers before his death, received Catholic last rites on his deathbed and remains a figure of mystery. His books on commercial law became standard, and his orations were widely admired. Inner: Unprincipled and highly ambitious, indifferent to his religion, save when he was attacked for it. Cheerful and attractive personality, made friends easily. Never recorded his inner life, leaving his internal workings a mystery. Projected a surface geniality, but had a cold, rational mind. Could not understand sentiment, never complained about personal attacks against him for his religion, nor his unhappy union. Brilliant capacity for analysis and extraordinary facility for oral self-expression. Grin and bear, but not bare, it lifetime of effectively operating as an alien from the Christian norm, while keeping his true self hidden from all, including, probably, himself. George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1645-1689) - English judge. Outer: 6th son of Welsh gentry, with royalist leanings. Educated in London, he left Trinity College, Cambridge after one year and became a barrister. Tall, with piercing eyes and a commanding forehead. Had wanted to marry a heiress, but her father forbade it, and instead in 1667, he wed Sarah Neesham, her companion and the daughter of a cleric, with whom he had engaged in a clandestine correspondence. 4 sons and 2 daughters from the happy union. Extremely ambitious, he actively pursued contacts and friendships to further his career, while arguing cases in both royal and civil courts, gaining the reputation as a fearsome advocate in court. Prospered and became landed with a Buckinghamshire estate, Temple Bulstrode, and was appointed solicitor general in 1677 of the duke of York, later James II (Martin Sheen), while being knighted the same year, in his ongoing pursuit of royal favor through cultivating intelligence sources and passing the information on. Made recorder of London in 1678, but was reprimanded by the House of Commons for continuing to play advocate on the bench and forced to resign that post in 1680. After his wife’s death in 1678, he married Ann Bludworth Jones, a widow and the daughter of London’s ex-lord mayor in 1679, 2 sons and 4 daughters from the union, all of whom died in infancy, save for his eldest daughter. Created a baronet in 1681, and the following year, he was named lord chief justice of the King’s Bench and a member of the Privy Council, despite the low opinion of Charles II (Peter O’Toole) of him. Continued in that role under James II, despite his Protestant faith in the service of a Catholic king. Presided over the Popish Plot trial of Titus Oates (Ann Coulter), severely sentencing him, and later prosecuted the “Bloody Assizes” trial of insurrectionists, savagely ridiculing the defendants, and sentencing many to execution or sale into slavery, while extorting money from victims of his harsh justice. An influential royal adviser, he forced the Church of England to accept the Catholic policies of the king. Held numerous posts and was present at the birth of the king’s presumed heir, James Edward (Rob Lowe). Created baron as an exceptional favor in 1685. Tried to escape the country disguised as a sailor when William III (Lyndon Johnson) gained the throne in 1688, but was arrested and died shortly after of kidney disease in the Tower of London, after petitioning for a pardon. Following his demise, his effigy was burned and gibbeted by a London mob. Inner: Willful, zealous and highly political. Also witty and convivial, with a gluttonous taste for both drink and food, and a strong sense of loyalty to friends. Displayed great acuity in civil suits but was notoriously brutal in criminal cases. Noted for incredible harshness and cruelty on the bench, as well as corruption, in his inability to let go of his earlier role of advocate in favor of being an impartial dispenser of justice. No mercy lifetime of exercising an unjust sense of justice, despite being personally corrupt and holding an alien religious view from the empowering authority. Edward of Norwich, 2nd duke of York (c1373-1415) - English nobleman. Eldest son of Edmund Langley, 1st duke of York, cousin and favorite of Richard II (Richard Nixon), whom he served in diplomatic capacities. Given numerous posts, as well as titles, and took a leading part in Richard’s attack upon the usurping lords appellants in 1397, for which he was rewarded with large land grants, including the duchy of Albemarle. Also made constable of England, succeeding his uncle, the duke of Gloucester (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Married twice, first to a Portuguese princess who died, then a widow, Philippa de Mohun, but was childless in both unions. Deserted Richard when he fell, and was accused of murdering his uncle, although he was only deprived of his later land grants, and lost his ducal title. Succeeded as duke of York in 1402, then served against the Welsh rebels. Accused by his sister in 1405 of being part of her conspiracy against Richard’s successor, Henry IV (Leslie Hore-Belisha). Imprisoned in the Tower of London, but was later pardoned when the evidence proved untrustworthy. Joined the English forces in France and was killed at the famous Battle of Agincourt, where he was commander of the right wing. Author of the oldest English book on hunting. Inner: Highly ambitious and conspiratorial, but seemingly blessed by good fortune because of his valued skills. Shifty lifetime of intriguing and manipulating affairs to his advantage, while developing the communication skills that would serve him so well in later lives.


Storyline: The murderous malcontent continually sets his rifle sights on the highest profile targets available, only to find himself singing his own executioner’s song in recompense.

Mordred - Son of King Arthur and his half-sister Morgawse, in an unconscious act of incest. Led a revolt against his father in which both were mortally wounded in the final battle of Camelot. Archetype of the weak, failed or willful seed that brings a line to its end. Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) - putative American assassin. Outer: Father died of a heart attack 2 months before he was born, and was the 2nd husband of his twice-married mother, who was the youngest daughter of a southern working-class family. One older brother, and one older half-brother, from his mother’s second marriage. The family was reduced to penury afterwards, with low-paying jobs and thwarted enterprises, while he and his brother were forced to spend a year in an orphanage. Well-mannered child, with a curiosity about things, although a poor student. His thrice-wed mother married an electrical engineer for a brief period of stability, although he proved inconstant, and filed for divorce in 1948, plunging the family into economic stress again. Wound up moving some 19 times before the age of 17, including a stint in NYC in 1952, where he was often truant from school, preferring to educate himself through his own selected readings, while evincing flashes of violence, including pulling a knife on his sibling’s wife. Moved to New Orleans with his mother, and then Ft. Worth, Texas. Held a dual fascination with the Marines, from his older sibling’s experience in them, as well as Marxism, while feeling himself destined to be a his/storical character. 5’9”, slender and blue-eyed. Turned down initially for being too young, he had to wait a year before finally joining the Marine Corps in 1956, after dropping out of school in the 10th grade. Spent 13 months in Japan as a radar operator, was often picked on, while showing himself to be a mediocre shot, despite several incidents around accidentally discharging firearms, which got him briefly imprisoned. Finally mustered out on a hardship discharge, claiming his mother needed him. Shortly afterwards, he emigrated to Russia, having taught himself rudiments of the language, with the intention of defecting and becoming a Soviet citizen. Tried to renounce his American citizenship, and attempted suicide when asked to leave, which got him into a Soviet hospital for observation. Distrusted by the Soviets, he was sent to Minsk, as a lathe operator in an electronics factory, which totally soured him on his Russian experience. While there, he married Marina Prusakova, a Russian pharmacology student, shortly after meeting her in 1961, 2 daughters from the union, the second born shortly before he entered his/story, per his fervent wish. Repatriated in 1962, he moved to the Dallas area, near his mother and brother. Proved to be an abusive husband, with a desire to send his wife back to Russia, while eliciting interest from various government agencies, and trying to limn his experiences on paper. Became involved with vague political groups in a shadowy poorly documented existence, that would prove later on to be totally open to speculation, including his being a CIA asset. Became involved with vague political groups in a shadowy poorly documented existence, that would prove later on to be totally open to speculation, including his being a CIA asset, and helping to work on bio-weapons. Mentored closely by George de Mohrenschildt, a well-connected conservative Russian émigré and oil geologist, who got him work and living quarters. Lived under the name O.H. Lee in Dallas, and made an attempt on the life of right-wing retired Gen. Edwin Walker, a fervent anti-communist, but missed his target, despite his sitting by a window in his living room. Numerous sources have him in constant contact with Federal agencies during this period, despite his reputed Marxist leanings. After several fitful attempts at gainful employment, including another brief move to New Orleans, he went to Mexico to try to get a visa to Cuba, but was turned down. Returning, he took a job at the Texas School Book Depository, where he allegedly positioned himself on the 6th floor with easily traceable mail-order rifle in hand on Nov. 22nd, 1963, and supposedly took 3 rapid-fire shots at the passing presidential motorcade. Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the brief barrage, and the governor of Texas, John Connally, was wounded, although the exact dynamics of the affair would remain forever clouded, as would his motivation. Hid the rifle, then fled the scene, after casually sipping a soda in the lunchroom, and went back to his rented rooms, where he grabbed a pistol. Later evidence indicated that he may have been the fall guy of a much larger underworld and/or government conspiracy. The fact a gun, a Mannlicher-Carcano mail order rifle, directly traced to him was discovered at the book depository is mute testimony to his claim he was set up, since no assassin would ever leave a weapon so easily linked to him or herself. In addition, three spent cartridges were found neatly lined up one inch apart from one another, on a window ledge, giving lie to a hasty, frantic secretive act. Allegedly killed a policeman who stopped him, J.D. Tippit, who was a JFK look-alike. Some conspiracy theorists later opined, it was the latter’s body that was displayed in order to prove the lone gunman theory. Afterwards he walked into a movie theater without paying for the ticket, where a double bill of Cry of Battle and War is Hell was playing. Some believe he was to meet with CIA operatives there, instead he was apprehended by the police with gun in hand and was arrested without further incident. Claimed he was a patsy who had been set up, circumstantial evidence giving truth to his claim. The fact that a gun discovered at the Book Repository, a Mannlicher-Carcano mail order rifle, could be directly traced to him is mute testimony to his assertion, since no assassin would ever leave a weapon so easily linked to him or herself. In addition, three spent cartridges were found neatly lined up one inch apart from one another, on a window ledge, giving lie to a hasty secretive act. Two days after he was taken into custody, he was shot at close range in the stomach by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner with mob connections, on national TV, much in the same manner that his earlier incarnation, Leon Czolgosz had assassinated William McKinley (Richard Nixon) in full public view. Several security breeches allowed Ruby access to him, while he was separately handcuffed to two policeman, making him a totally unprotected target. Just before the second patsy died from lung cancer, he admitted, he, too, was framed, since the larger plot was all about overthrowing a far too liberal government. Nevertheless, the official Warren Commission report would render the verdict he acted alone, a summation continually questioned ever since, with a majority of Americans believing more gunmen were involved in the assassination. Originally buried in a Houston cemetery under the name of William Bobo, then his mother gave him an ornate grave marker with his full name and birth and death dates, along with a cross and a floral border. Four years after the assassination, the marker was stolen, and on its return. his mother replaced it with a marker that simply read Oswald. Inner: Loner and malcontent, with a desire to make a name for himself, although his internal processes remain largely unplumbed. Direct payback lifetime of dying in the same exact manner that he had earlier unleashed on another object of assassination, creating a perfect circle of malevolence that may or may not have released him from his longtime cycle of going after the top dog as his antidote to his ongoing sense of forever being on the bottom. Leon Czolgosz (1873-1901) - American assassin. Outer: Of Polish-Russian descent. Father was a Polish émigré and sewer worker. One of seven children, he grew up in abject poverty on a small farm near Cleveland, from the age of 8 onward, before going to work at 10 as a laborer in a steel and wire mill. Lost his mother at 12, in childbirth. Showed himself to be quiet, solitary and quick-tempered, a classic loner. Ill health in his mid-20s ended his regular work life as a laborer, and he returned home in 1898, to live contentiously with his stepmother and challenge his family’s Roman Catholic beliefs, while absorbing socialist and anarchist literature. May have suffered a mental breakdown, during this period. Inspired by the speeches of anarchist Emma Goldman (Lori Berenson) he became an anarchist, after showing a fascination with the assassination of Umberto I of Italy at the turn of the 20th century. Completely distrusted by the anarchist community who thought him a spy or provocateur, he moved to Buffalo, New York with the express purpose of killing the president, William McKinley (Richard Nixon). Bought a handgun, and stood on a receiving line in the Temple of Music during the Pan-American Exposition there, with a handkerchief wrapped around his hand and a gun hidden beneath it, which drew little notice. Thinking he had been wounded, McKinley reached for his left hand to shake it, but he dropped the handkerchief and fired 2 shots at the president, striking him in the stomach at close range, and announcing, “I done my duty.” In an odd irony, McKinley had had an ongoing handkerchief melodrama with his wife, Ida (Jacqueline Kennedy), throwing it over her face every time she had an epileptic fit in public. Apprehended immediately, and beaten, he offered no defense at his trial, and was executed less than two months later in the electric chair, uttering "I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people—the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime,” then added, “I am sorry I could not see my father,” as his last words. Inner: Loner and malcontent, with a great hatred for the U.S., and its perceived profound imbalance between rich and poor. Make-up lifetime of actualizing his failure of nerve in his previous go-round to go through with a dastardly act, no matter the consequences. George Atzerodt (1835-1865) - Prussian/American assassin. Outer: Emigrated from Germany to the U.S. when he was 8 with his family, although never became a naturalized American citizen. Lost his father when he was 18. Small, with shifty eyes, he became a woodworker, as well as a coach maker, opening his own carriage repair business, along with a brother. Despite the success of the enterprise, the two siblings separated. During the Civil War, he ferried contraband across the Potomac to the South. Drank far too much, and always looked dirty, although was sensitive to slights against him. Joined a conspiracy plot, along with 6 others, including ringleader John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy), to kidnap and then assassinate Pres. Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg) in the waning days of the war, as well as some of his top officials. The kidnapping plot fell through, however, when the president changed plans. Couldn’t go through with his part in assassinating vice-president Andrew Johnson (George Wallace), despite drinking heavily to work up the courage. Arrested five days later at a cousin’s home. At his trial, he was presented by his defense as a congenital coward, incapable of carrying out any untoward acts. Convicted through the testimony of several witnesses, he was hanged with Lewis Powell (Jack Ruby), Mary Surratt (Anna Nicole Smith) and David Herold (Howard Rollins) on a public gallows several months later. His last words were, reputedly, “Goodby gentlemen. May we all meet in the other world. God take me now.” Originally buried in an unmarked grave, before being reburied under the fictitious name of Gottlieb Taubert. Inner: Sense of uncleanness and disconnection, as well as a great need to escape himself via intoxicants. Thwarted lifetime of failed nerve at a murderous act and paying the piper for his involvement in it. This trio of lives, where the assassin refuses to assassinate, then does it in a highly public place at close range to a highly public figure and finally has it done to himself could signal completion of this particular role for him. Lambert Simnel (c1477-c1535) - English royal impostor. Outer: Of humble birth, and the son of a tradesman, although his beginnings are extremely clouded. His real name is unknown., and it may have been John. Made a handsome impression as a youth, which gave him the illusion of being of far better birth than he was. When he was 10, rumors were rife that the two Yorkist sons of Edward IV (Ethan Hawke), including Edward V (Prince Edward), who had been murdered in the Tower of London, were still alive, following the accession of Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch), and his usurping Lancastrian house. Richard Symonds, a young Oxford priest, conceived the plot of putting the lad forth as the rightful king, with himself gaining the archbishopric of Canterbury for pulling off the ruse. Instructed his charge in royal fare and manners, while switching his identity to that of the earl of Warwick, the son of the Edward IV’s brother George, the Duke of Clarence (Guy Burgess), since it was an easier ruse to pull off. Enlisted the aid of the Yorkist, John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln (Robert Dole), who had been a legitimate heir himself until the usurpation. Taken to Ireland by Symonds, he received much support from a bevy of Irish nobles and churchman, who genuinely believed he had escaped from the Tower. When Henry VII heard of the conspiracy, he showed the real 10 year old Warwick in public, which muted the plot in England, but not Ireland. Crowned as Edward VI in Dublin at the age of 10, and soon afterwards, landed in England, along with several thousand Flemish mercenaries and Irish soldiers to do battle with the king for the crown, although they found little popular support. The Royalists easily defeated his forces, killing de la Pole and the other co-commander, along with about 4000 of his men. While Symonds spent the rest of his life in a dungeon, the king recognized the boy as a dupe for the others, and pardoned him, allowing him to be a lowly scullion in his kitchens. Eventually he became a royal falconer, and afterwards was a servant in the household of a noble. His date and place of death are unrecorded in keeping with his reduction in status as nonentity. Inner: Puppet lifetime of playing into the fantasies of others, before being returned to the anonymity from whence he had come, which probably fed into his later fantasies of being someone through violent upheaval, as a means of making his mark on his/story. Leo II (c467-474) - Byzantine emperor. Outer: Son of Zeno (John Fitzgerald) and Ariadne. Made Caesar by his grandfather and namesake Roman emperor Leo I (Robert McNamara) in 473, and promoted to Augustus around the latter’s death in early 474, since he was the emperor’s closest male relative. Ruled nominally on is own for several weeks, before declaring his father co-Augustus. Although his subsequent death later that year may have been from natural causes, more than likely either his mother or his sire had him killed, and he was succeeded by the latter. Inner: Shadow lifetime of being on the other side of the assassination coin of his loose family, setting up the patterns that would take him through the next two millennia as an compulsive assassin looking to write his name large in his/story.


Storyline: The conspicuous consultant does a double-life run as maker of presidents, in his ongoing self-education in out-foxing any and all opponents through his thorough understanding of how to manipulate public opinion into an extension of his own traditionalist beliefs.

mRoger Ailes (Roger Eugene Ailes) (1940-2017) - American TV executive and political consultant. Outer:Father worked as a maintenance foreman at Packard Electrical Plant, and also moonlighted as a housepainter. Mother was competitive and overbearing. Younger of two brothers who were both brutalized by their cruel progenitor, who often beat them with his belt, while teaching them to trust no one. During his growing up, he was often hospitalized for hemophilia, and was pounded on for his overt weakness by neighborhood bullies. After one beating, his father told him, that the worst that could happen was for him to die, and if he wasn’t afraid of that, he shouldn’t be afraid of anything. Peddled his mother’s hand-made handkerchieves door-to-door to help out his family, and his parents wound up divorcing in his late teens. Active in his h.s. drama club, then went on to graduate from Ohio Univ, with a BA in Fine Arts, and was a DJ while there. 5’10’’, and ultimately 245 lbs, Began his career working for a TV station in Cleveland, ultimately serving as executive producer for the popular talk-variety Mike Douglas Show, which became syndicated nationally. Won Emmys for his efforts in 1967 and 1968, while becoming a political consultant to Richard Nixon, in his successful bid for the 1968 presidency, after meeting him on the Douglas Show. Arranged “man in the arena” formats for him, where he would appear in front of a pre-picked panel of questioners and a studio audience. Stage-managed all aspects of his appearances, and became an indispensable member of his team, utilizing his media expertise as a sales tool, with the candidate as a product to be consumed by the electorate. Formed Ailes Communications afterwards, as a consulting firm for businesses and politicians who shared his same conservative views. In 1977, he married Norma E., a TV producer with Mission Media Ministries, one daughter from the often compromised union, who also became a TV producer. Expanded into theater production as well as TV, winning 4 Obies for “Hot-l Baltimore,” which ran Off-Broadway during the mid-1970s. Continued with his political consulting through the decade and into the 1980s, returning to presidential politics with Ronald Reagan in 1984, giving him his money’s worth after his disastrous first debate with Walter Mondale, with a coaching session that returned him to form for the second debate. Credited with guiding George H.W. Bush to victory in his presidential bid in 1988, then co-wrote a tome, “You Are the Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators,” revealing his campaign ploys. Added an Emmy to his mantleplace for a TV special on TV and the presidency during the decade, and in the early 1990s, in one of his few failures, served as producer for Rush Limbaugh’s addition of TV to his roster, although it proved a poor fit of medium and messenger. After retiring from political consulting in 1992, he became president of NBC’s cable channel CNBC, where he hosted his own nightly talk show, then left the network and his various creations for his most significant move, to service Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel, bringing a host of people with him. After putting everyone through their paces in preparation for a conservative network dedicated to counterbalancing his perception of liberal bias of most news outlets, he launched his creation in the fall of that year, promising a fair and balanced reading of the day’s events from a highly traditionalist perspective. Fox News became a huge hit, thanks to a line-up of hard-nosed talking heads, and was soon the number one watched cable news network, a position it would hold for the next decade, while he remained a major player in cable news.After divorcing, he had a second marriage in 1998 to TV executive Elizabeth Tilson, who retired following their union, which produced one son. In 2005, he was made Chairman of the Fox TV Stations Group, following the departure of Murdoch’s son, while continuing to tinker with and expand his highly successful product, with an occasional slip-up along the way. Added competition, as well as an unpopular president, George W. Bush, whom the network unquestioningly supported, would see Fox News turn more and more to tabloid sleaze to compensate for its threatened ratings, in a larger environment where both viewership and electorate began questioning the country’s political leadership more and more. Tapped by Murdoch to head Fox’s startup Fox Business Network, he showed his usual intense competitiveness, although it failed to make initial inroads on its main competitor, and his old network, CNBC. Used his position at Fox News to serve as a strong backer of Republican primary candidate Rudy Giuliani, having earlier served as a media consultant for his first mayoralty campaign, only to run into questions concerning his own ethics, via a lawsuit by high profile publisher Judith Regan, which was settled out of court. Continued as a denigrating force all through the double Obama administration, during which time he had his contract renewed in 2012 for four more years, while remaining the hidden voice behind all his talking torsos, and a telling force in rightwing American politics. As such, much to his surprise, he was challenged in 2015 by faux-populist Donald Trump, for the loyalty of his longtime listeners, thanks to a genuine disgust on the part of the public with professional politicians and their media supporters. After being sued for continual sexual harassment by newscaster Gretchen Carlson, a host of other women came forward with similar charges, and he was forced to resign in disgrace. Became a consultant for Fox head Rupert Murdoch afterwards, who temporarily took over his position, while also serving in the same capacity for the Donald Trump campaign. Inner: Clever, quick-witted, manipulative, and a good reader of the public pulse. Content to be behind the scenes and pull strings, rather than grandstand out front. Undone finally by his complete disregard for the women who worked for him.After multiple accusations of sexual harassment by women who worked for Fox News and claimed he demanded they service him, he was fired in 2016 and forced into retirement, while separating from his wife. Died of a blood clot after hitting his head in a fall at his home and falling into a coma. Had a net worth of $25 million. Inner: Clever, quick-witted, manipulative, lecherous and a good reader of the public pulse. Content to be behind the scenes and pull strings, rather than grandstand out front. Undone finally by his complete disregard for the women who worked for him. Also paranoid and fearful with an underground bunker in his home and a six month supply of food, as well as a pistol in his office desk Supersalesman lifetime of marrying his communication skills with modern electronic media and fashioning a high-powered and highly influential career out of the mix. mMark Hannah (1837-1904) - American politician and businessman. Outer: Scotch-Irish on his father’s side, Huguenot, Irish and English on his mother’s. Father practiced medicine, then joined his brothers in a wholesale grocery business, mother was a schoolteacher. Raised in the Quaker tradition. Attended Western Reserve College, but dropped out after a student prank and went to work for a grocery firm where his father was senior partner. After his sire’s death, when the latter was in his mid-20s, he joined the family business. Served briefly in the Civil War, and in 1864, married Charlotte Rhodes, the daughter of a steely coal & iron magnate, and later joined his father-in-law’s firm, which was reorganized in 1885 as M.A. Hanna & Company. At the same time, he was a successful entrepreneur in resource, banking, transportation and the publishing fields in Cleveland. Entered politics, seeing it as business corollary, dominating the Ohio Republican party. Supported John Sherman’s (Robert MacNamara) presidential ambitions, then was the power behind the rise of William McKinley (Richard Nixon), running the first successful modern presidential campaign for him in 1896, as well as supporting him financially, after helping him win the governorship of Ohio. Chairman of the Republican National Committee, uniting business interests with politics for economic rather than graft purposes. Oversaw the distribution of more than 120,000,000 pieces of literature in 10 languages to reach the electorate, while sending editorials to small newspapers al over the country. His methodical and highly effective approach would become the template for every election afterwards, thanks to its efficiency and thoroughness. Rejected a cabinet post and was appointed senator from Ohio in 1897 and then elected to a full term the next year. Changed his positions on key issues according to popular views, although remained a champion of big business. Possible presidential candidate, even though he did not want the office, when he suddenly died. Inner: Unbounded energy, earnest and honest. Gregarious, generous and paternalistic. Excellent political strategist for others, united business and merchandising principles with politics, presaging the modern era of the selling of candidates to a gullible public. Believed in labor’s right to organize, and his companies were never struck. Once said, “There are two things that matter in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is.” Deep pockets lifetime of integrating the principles of business and politics, proving a highly effective behind the scenes power, while less effective as a legislator himself, causing him to go with his strengths the next time around, and allow others the political limelight.


Storyline: The self-styled avenger has a strong sense of social justice even though he has little respect for the law.

Jack Ruby (Jacob Leon Rubenstein) (1911-1967) - American night club owner, mobster and self-styled executioner. Outer: Both parents were Polish-born Orthodox Jews, who ultimately settled in Chicago in 1903. His exact birth date has never been confirmed. Father was a carpenter, parents ultimately separated in 1940. 5th of 10 surviving children. Grew up in a poor Jewish neighborhood, and hung out with street gangs, while serving as his family’s main support from the age of 10 through a variety of scams, while refusing to work for anyone other than himself. Spent time in foster homes, and was a street fighter, with great anger towards the German American Bund in his neighborhood. Short and stocky. Never graduated from high school, and initially did odd jobs, including door-to-door salesman and ticket scalper. Lived for several years in Los Angeles, hustling and scamming as well. Drafted in 1942, he served in the Army Air Force during WW II working as an aircraft mechanic, before being discharged in 1946. Joined his brothers in a family company and then in 1947, his sister Eva started a night-club in Dallas. Moved there to help her out and began hanging out with mobsters, while changing his name so it wouldn’t sound Jewish for business purposes.Owned and sold several nightclubs over the next decade. Arrested a number of times during this period for minor infractions while maintaining connections with organized crime, and earning the reputation of a publicity seeker. Never married and had no known political views. After Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassination on Nov. 23rd, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the putative assassin, and was taken into custody. The following day, Oswald was transferred to the county jail flanked by detectives, from the basement of the Dallas County jail. While this was happening, he suddenly lunged forward from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot to the abdomen from a concealed .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver. The incident was captured live on TV camera and as he was wrestled to the ground, he shouted, “You all know me. I’m Jack Ruby.” Oswald died soon afterwards in a hospital. while he was charged with murder, claiming he had done it so Jacqueline Kennedy wouldn’t have to come to Dallas for the trial. Defended at his own trial by well-known attorney Melvin Belli, who said that psychomotor epilepsy had caused him to lose control of his mental facilities and he should be treated leniently, for an action not totally of his own making. The jury deliberated for only two hours and found him guilty of murder with malice aforethought and sentenced him to death in the electric chair. The Texas Court of Appeals reversed the conviction on the grounds he couldn’t receive a fair trial in Dallas and a new trial date was set for February of 1967. In December of 1966, however, he was admitted to the same hospital where Oswald had died with pneumonia and he was quickly diagnosed with lung cancer. Died soon afterwards from a blood clot on his lung. Much conjecture would follow around his true motive, which may have been a desire to be a hero, and may have been a cover-up for a much larger conspiracy, Buried in an Illinois cemetery with the inscription, “Beloved Son and Brother.” Inner: Extremely egocentric, and quick-tempered, with a great desire to be in the limelight. Felt his Jewish beliefs motivated his actions, Claimed to have deeply moved by a rabbi’s eulogy for JFK, which stirred him to seek revenge for the president’s death. Self-styled execution lifetime of allowing his emotions to rule all other elements of his being, while probably also subconsciously desiring his own place in his/story. Lewis Powell AKA Lewis Payne (Lewis Thornton Powell) (1844-1865) - American conspirator. Outer: Father became an ordained Baptist minister when his son was 3, and the family moved to Georgia where he had a congregation and freed the slaves he owned. A quiet, introvert child, he was the youngest son in a family of 8 children, showing compassion for others, while exhibiting a stubborn nature with an occasional hot temper. The family lived on a farm, and when he was 13, he was kicked in the face by the family mule, which broke his jaw. Forced to move to Florida, when his progenitor faulted on a loan, and lived on another farm there. 6’1 1/2” with black hair and blue eyes and strongly built. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in a Florida infantry company, lying about his age to do so. Proved to be a good soldier and re-enlisted after his first tour of duty. Shot in the right wrist in 1863, and was captured, and interred as a POW in Pennsylvania. Formed a romance with a nurse, Margaret Branson, who helped him escape and took him to her mother’s boarding house in Baltimore. Headed south soon after and joined Mosby’s Rangers, evincing an extremely violent ferocity in battle. After a year with the unit, his personality changed again, and he became morose and introspective, with the realization that the Confederate cause was destined to end in failure. Deserted at the beginning of 1865, and became involved in a conspiracy to kidnap Pres. Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg), with the actor John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy) at the head of it. The conspirators met at Mary Surratt’s (Anna Nicole Smith) boarding house in Washington, DC.. More machinations on his part followed as the kidnap plot became an assassination plot, Given the task of killing Secretary of State William Seward (Howard Cosell). Armed with a revolver and a large knife, he came to the latter’s home, and claimed to have been sent by Seward’s doctor, since the Secretary had been recently injured in a carriage accident. After pistol-whipping the Secretary’s son, he gained access to his bedroom and knifed Seward in the head and throat, although the canvas splint he was wearing on his jaw saved him Also stabbed a second son, shouting “I’m mad! I’m mad”. Saw his partner David Herald (Howard Rollins) had abandoned him and rode off on his horse and hid in a cemetery, before being captured when he tried to return to the Surratt boardinghouse. Subsequently identified and formally charged with attempted assassination, he was held aboard a ship docked at the city’s Navy Yard. Found guilty of his assault by a military trial and sentenced to death by hanging Expressed regret the night before he was hung, blaming Confederate leaders for their failures in the war. Along with Mary Surratt, David Herold and George Atzerodt (Lee Harvey Oswald), he was hanged in the courtyard of an arsenal. Buried in a gun-box along the east wall of the prison yard where he had been held. His remains would be later disinterred and moved several times. His skull, which was identified by a broken jaw bone from being kicked by a mule, would subsequently be removed from his body and showed up in 1991 in the Smithsonian Institute with its indigenous skull collection, and was ultimately claimed by a Florida relative after the FBI did one final scan of it. Inner: Odd mixture of hyper-violence and a sense of justice and compassion. Strong believer in the Confederate cause, ultimately feeling that it had been betrayed by its leaders. Vengeance is mine lifetime of feeling a great need to act out his sense of political justice, with, perhaps, a desire to be an his/storical figure of some importance.




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