Sunday, February 21, 2021

Today I Learned About Famous Freemasons


Mel Blanc - Best known for his voiceover work in animated movies and television series including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird etc... in the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoons as well as Fred Flintstone's best friend and neighbor on The Flintstones and thousands of other voices in a 60+ career, he also was a regular on The Jack Benny Show. Blanc was a member of Mid Day Lodge No. 88 which later merged to become Sherwood-Midday Lodge No. 164 in Sherwood, Oregon.

Clark Gable - Actor in the 1920s through the 1940s. He was a member of Beverly Hills Lodge 528 in Beverly Hills, California.

Richard Pryor - Standup comedian and actor best know for Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil which he co-starred with actor Gene Wilder, as a co-writer on Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles and the star of the NBC television series The Richard Pryor Show. Pryor was a member of Henry Brown Lodge No. 22 a Prince Hall affiliated Masonic lodge in Peoria, Illinois.

Michael Richards - Best known as the eccentric Cosmo Kramer on the NBC television series Seinfeld and as Stanley Spadowski in the "Weird Al" Yankovic movie UHF was raised a Master Mason at Riviera Lodge No. 780 in Pacific Palisades, California which later merged with Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No. 307 in Santa Monica, California.

Don Rickles - Standup comedian and actor who was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and his acting credits includes Run Silent Run Deep (1958), Kelly's Heroes (1970) and as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story and its sequels. Rickles was a member of Service City Geba Lodge No. 1009 in Astoria, Queens New York.

Military and Politicians

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. - American Astronaut who along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were the first humans to land on the Moon on July 24, 1969. Aldrin was a member of Montclair Lodge No. 145 in Montclair, New Jersey. When he moved to Texas he transferred his membership to Clear Lake Lodge No. 1417 in Seabrook.

Gerald R. Ford - Served as the thirty-eighth President of the United States following the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon on August 9, 1974. Prior to his Presidency Ford served as the 40th Vice President of the United States under President Nixon and served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 5th Congressional District. He was a member of Malta Lodge No. 465 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Benjamin Franklin - Along with George Washington he was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, served in an unofficial capacity as United States Ambassador to France, an inventor. He was a member of St. John Lodge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Served as the thirty-second President of the United States, prior to his Presidency Roosevelt was a New York State Senator and later elected the forty-fourth Governor of New York, he was a fifth cousin to Theodore Roosevelt (Also a Freemason) who served as the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a member of Holland Lodge No. 8 in New York City.

Theodore Roosevelt - Served as the twenty-sixth President of the United States, prior to his Presidency, he was Vice President under President McKinley (Also a Freemason), the thirty-third Governor of New York, Assistant Secretary of the Navy and the President of the New York City Board of Police Commissioners. He was member of Matinecock Lodge No. 806 in Oyster Bay, New York. He is a fifth cousin to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-second President of the United States.

George Washington - Commanding General of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States (1789-1797). President Washington was initiated in the Fredericksburg Lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia and later become the first Master of  Alexandria Lodge (Now Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22) in Alexandria, Virginia.