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Some interesting events in Bill McGaughey’s life represents one of the most extensive personal websites ever created in terms of the number of articles published. There are more than 200 articles originally written in English that have each been translated into eleven other languages - French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, and Russian - to create sets of parallel pages.

The articles are organized in twelve categories:

a. personal information
b. McGaughey’s family background
c. proponent of shorter work hours and humane trade regulation
d. world history told in Five Epochs of Civilization
e. personal storyteller
f. teller of other stories
g. philosophical, analytical, and creative writings
h. chapters in a book, Rhythm and Self-Consciousness
i. landlord advocate
j. political candidate
k. legal challenges
l. summary of web pages


Among the articles of possible interest are stories of:

(1) how President Zachary Taylor appointed a namesake, Edward W. McGaughey, (unrelated to Bill) the first territorial governor of Minnesota but the Senate declined to confirm the nomination (1840) (See this.)

(2) how somewhere among his misplaced belongings is an autographed photograph of President William Howard Taft inscribed to his father. (The web creator's full name is William Howard Taft McGaughey, Jr.) (1912) (See this.)

(3) how he was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 21, 1941(1941) (See this.)

(4) how his father dedicated a wartime novel, “Roll out the Tanks”, to him when it was published (1942) (See this.)

(5) how as a boy, he owned and raised a raccoon which his aunt had picked up abandoned on the highway (1950) (See this.)

(6) how he handed pen and pad of paper to presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower who was sitting in a convertible after a campaign event in Detroit (The car pulled away before Eisenhower could write anything. McGaughey later received an autographed photograph of the future president courtesy of a Detroit city official.) (1952) (See this.)

(7) how Walt Disney, while negotiating sponsorship of the Disneyland television show, gave his father an original celluloid from a Mickey Mouse film that was personally inscribed to him (1954) (See this.)

(8) how George Romney, then head of an automobile company and later governor of Michigan, took him and Romney's older son, Scott, to a Detroit Tigers baseball game after they had completed night courses in welding and house-wiring at Cass Technical High School in Detroit (1956) (See this.)

(9) how he was selected to join the Telluride Association summer program (TASP) for high school juniors in Deep Springs, California, as the Detroit-area representative (1957) (See this.)

(10) how he was employed by the Wall Street Journal during the summer as a copy boy at its offices on Broad Street in New York City (1960) (See this.)

(11) how he foolishly turned down tickets to the Tonight Show (starring Jack Paar) offered by the NBC president but later went on a short canoe trip with Jack Paar's daughter, Randy (1960, 1964) (See this.)

(12) how he dropped out of Yale in the middle of his junior year but returned to graduate two years later (1961) (See this.)

(13) how he spent much of his time memorizing poetry during the first few months at home (1961) (See this.)

(14) how he was a guest at Anne Ford’s debutante party in Grosse Pointe (1961) (See this.)

(15) how the three-game-winning Boston Red Sox pitcher and star of the 1912 World Series, who knew his parents, picked him up as a hitchhiker in Pennsylvania (1961) (See this.)

(16) how he accompanied his father to a meeting with the owner of the iconic Times Square building in New York and recommended its purchase by American Motors (1961) (See this.)

(17) how, living in West Germany for a year at the height of the Cold War, he was arrested in Berlin by East German border guards (1961) (See this.)

(18) how, shortly after his arrival in Germany, he was contacted by E.F. Schumacher, author of "Small is Beautiful", and had a stimulating philosophical conversation at Schumacher's mother's home in Munich (1961) (See this.)

(19) how he climbed a mountain in Austria in the late winter to celebrate his 21st birthday (1962) (See this.)

(20) how, after his return to college, he took a course in English literature taught by the first U.S poet laureate (1964) (See this.)

(21) how, having never been to Minnesota before, he moved to that state where he has since lived for more than fifty years (1965) (See this.)

(22) how after a year he quit a secure job with the State of Minnesota to become a full-time writer but found he could not write anything of worth (1966-69) (See this.)

(23) how, with the backing of the campaign manager, he tried to organize a marathon on behalf of the successful Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota (1966) (See this.)

(24) how he passed the CPA examination on the first try after cramming for this test (1971) (See this.)

(25) how Gerald Ford, then a Congressman from Michigan, sent him a copy of a speech that he had given at the National Association of Manufacturers, describing how someone could become President of the United States without winning a national election - something that Ford himself later did (1972) (See this.)

(26) how he received a letter from Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, promising to play a board game that he had invented based on a presidential election (His father’s room mate at Depauw University, later a General Electric executive, was Reagan’s boss as host of General Electric Theater.) 1976 (See this.)

(27) how he counted cranes in the factory yard working as an accountant at American Hoist & Derrick in St. Paul (1978) (See this.)

(28) how he began working as cost accountant for the public-transit agency in Minneapolis-St. Paul where he spent the next 15 years (1980) (See this.)

(29) how, working as an accountant for the transit agency, he resolved a $129.64 discrepancy (1982) (See this.)

(30) how he published opinion articles advocating a shorter workweek in the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor (the last coauthored with the director of Japan’s Leisure Development Center) (1979, 1982, 1990) (See this.)

(31) how he coauthored a book advocating shorter work time with former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, Eugene McCarthy (1989) (See this.)

(32) how he returned to Germany 28 years after his original visit just as the Cold War was coming to an end and visited Leipzig (1990) (See this.)

(33) how, as part of an effort to oppose a North American free-trade agreement, he went to Mexico City to witness a union election and produce a report on this event for U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (1991) (See this.)

(34) how he personally handed presidential candidate Bill Clinton a self-published book opposing free trade (1992) (See this.)

(35) how he and his brother stopped by uninvited at the Michigan home of George and Lenore Romney, only to learn that their son, Mitt, who later became Governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was running for U. S. Senate against Ted Kennedy (1994) (See this.)

(36) how a girl friend arranged for him to visit Prince’s compound at Paisley Park where he met the rock star (Prince’s father once lived in an apartment across Glenwood Avenue from the house where he presently lives.) (1995) (See this.)

(37) how he became an inner-city landlord and was promptly attacked by the president of the Minneapolis city council who organized a meeting of “neighbors” to demand that he evict all his tenants (1995) (See this.)

(38) how, having watched the singer's iconic apperarance on the Tonight show, he attended Tiny Tim's funeral service at the basilica in Minneapolis (1996) (See this.)

(39) how seven years later he and other landlords shut down a meeting of the Minneapolis city council led by the same woman and created a political environment in which she and several others on the council were defeated in the next city election (1998) (See this.)

(40) how he found his brother lying dead on the floor next door during a heat wave (1999) (See this.)

(41) how he celebrated the turning of the millennium with thousands of others in Times Square (2000) (See this.)

(42) how he developed a new theory of world history and published it in a book titled “Five Epochs of Civilization” (2000) (See this.)

(43) how at long length he was able to complete and publish his philosophical masterpiece, a book titled "Rhythm and Self-Consciousness" (2001) (See this.)

(44) how he ran for U.S Senate against the Independence Party's endorsed candidate and received 30 percent of the vote (having published a book about third-party candidacies) (2003) (See this.)

(45) how he was himself a candidate for President of the United States, finishing fifth among seven candidates in Louisiana’s Democratic presidential primary (2004) (See this.)

(46) how he received 22,000 votes (nearly 7% of the total) in 2008 as a third-party candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th district running against Keith Ellison, currently deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura complimented him for that effort.) (2008) (See this.)

(47) how he owned and raised a pet squirrel (2008) (See this.)

(48) how he encountered some beautiful Russian women at an academic conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan (2009) (See this.)

(49) how for the past 25 years he has participated each month in a “Sufi” singing group with Robert Bly and several other men (1993-2017) (See this.)

(50) how he wandered off by himself in Tiananmen Square and was temporarily trapped in the Forbidden City but finally reunited with his wife (2010) (See this.)

(51) how he served on the board of Harrison Neighborhood Association for several terms but was expelled from the board for complaining about mistreatment of a business owner who had wanted to rent a facility in the neighborhood (2010) (See this.)

(52) how he learned that Burma Shave, a facial product once advertised by iconic road signs, had been produced a half mile from his home when this site later became the scene of Minneapolis' worst murder (2012) (See this.)

(53) how he has been married to women of all three racial groups, each time becoming divorced but later remarrying one of his former wives (1973-2017) (See this.)

(54) how he gained revenge of sorts against a Minnesota judge who had screwed him over in divorce court by posting an unflattering account of the judge’s conduct on the web which appears near the top when a Google search is made of the judge's name (2016) (See this.)

(55) how at the age of 75 he crashed both physically and politically as a candidate in the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary (2016) (See this.)

(56) how he has created and posted hundreds of pages on 12 different web sites, many translated by machine into foreign languages(2017) (See this.)

(57) how an unfinished project is to publish another book, "History of the Triple Existence", sketching history in its broadest scope from the beginning of the cosmos into the future (2017) (See this.)

(58) how, himself childless, he and his wife are raising her 4-year-old, half native American grandson (2017) (See this.)

(59) how his little fox terrier dog, Do Do, follows him around the house wherever he goes and sleeps next to his bed at night (2017) (See this.)

(60) how, after he dies, he expects to be buried in a grave next to his two younger brothers at the Milford, Pennsylvania, cemetery less than 50 feet away from the grave of Gifford Pinchot, founder of the U.S. Forestry service, and his niece, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a murder victim who is alleged to have been President John F. Kennedy’s mistress (See this.)

- How he is now trying to keep his memories perpetually alive after that event through a personal website.


Take a look at these articles and, if interested, tell others about them. They’re about personal identity.


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