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thanks for sharing Wills' story . I enjoyed your email as always!
Great read. Pretty sure the Latin for being caught in the very act is “in flagrante delicto” not “in flagro delicto.”
A lot of people would have pulled that tape and moved on. Even more likely wouldn’t have even noticed.
A moment of silence and respect for Mr. Wills.
And “sine qua non” not “sine quo non” for essential prerequisite in Latin.
Enjoyed this, glad he pulled the tape and called the police. Thanks for sharing his story. I just watched the movie last weekend.
The article on the Louisiana mother is insane. I sure hope there is a positive outcome on this one. I live in the south. Even so, what happens in some of these really backwater areas never ceases to amaze.
I read an article some time ago that said Whistle Blowers lives are never secure afterwards, even if what they did saved the world. Wills is one of them. It’s almost like there’s a conspiracy on both sides to silence them and make their lives miserable. It almost seems that the side they supported must have had some bad things going on that they didn’t want to be known either. Yet, these people put their livelihoods in danger to do their “right and honorable duty”. When I see this, it can’t help but make me sad.
I would be very interested in a follow up on the Louisiana mother. It just sounds too insane to be true, but I’m sure it is. I hope she gets justice.
History is full of what mights and what did nots. We were in Boston last week and learned of Sir Edmund Andros, the British Governor of the 13 colonies who wanted to build an Anglican Church. In 1686 he built the church on part of the Cemetry that was used by the Purtain settlers. The church is Kings Chapel and it is located on the Kings Chapel burial ground. It is speculated that this event was such an affront to the Putains who had come to Boston to get away from the Anglican Church that it was the spark that led to the ultimate war of independence 90 years later. One decision likely changed the course of history.
Thanks for teaching me Frank Wills's name. I was disgusted by the crypto story, the rape story, and pretty much any mention of billionaires, but I liked the ploy to get me to the "Give Well" website. So thanks for ending on a high note.
What a beautiful but sad story. Our world needs many more Frank Wills! Bless you and Rest In Peace Mr. Wills!
How very sad about Mr. Wills, the true hero in the Watergate scandal! And the Louisiana mother article, how could this be happening in this day and age!?!
Thanks Bill, for yet again another great newsletter!!
I loved "You versus a Millionaire" It really puts things into perspective!
Good morning Bill. Having just finished watching GASLIT, I knew the ending to Frank Wills life. Given the times and happenings going on here it was, sadly, no surprise. Mr Wills was just doing his job but he is an unsung hero in this country’s history.
God bless the soul of Frank Wills. A true unsung hero, and like your title, just doing his job. Imagine if he had stayed on at the assembly line…
Wills was featured in the recent limited series "Gaslit". It was about Watergate from Martha Mitchell's point of view, starring Julia Roberts as Martha and Sean Penn as John Mitchell. It shows Wills discovering the tape twice and it also shows his life and circumstances. His role is given its fair due. But it's a shame that he never made any money from all this, especially since it seems everyone else did. Maybe he was just doing his job, but a lot of people wouldn't have noticed or cared. He did his job with excellence and he changed history.