I’m working on a piece about Trustee Tom Fuentes and his fascinating associations. For instance, there seems to be a Tom Fuentes/Robert Novak connection. Novak, of course, is the reporter/columnist/rat bastard at the heart of the Valerie Plame disclosure scandal that is currently preoccupying the country. He's the guy who allowed himself to be Scooter's megaphone in outing Plame!
Both Novak and Fuentes are on the board of trustees for Phillips Foundation. There are five trustees, including Thomas L. Phillips and Alfred S. Regnery--remember that name. (Phillips’ name has come up before in Dissent. Some of the trustees showed up at a ritzy party put on by Phillips in Corona Del Mar--days before Fuentes was appointed to the board.)
Novak has on occasion quoted Fuentes in his column, and I seem to remember reading an interview by Novak of Fuentes. Once, in a column that discussed the phenomenon of firms giving campaign contributions to both Democrats and Republicans, Novak quoted Fuentes as saying that, in Orange County, "we" call such contributors "whores." Novak seemed to like that. "Whores." (See Townhall.com, March 8, 2002)
Fuentes seems to be a “director” of Eagle Publishing, and Eagle Publishing appears to be the parent company of Regnery Publishing. --Yes, Regnery.
(Digression: according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in the 30s, a man named William Regnery was one of the signatories of incorporation papers for the "America First Committee," an organization opposed to fighting Nazi Germany. William's brother, Henry, created Regnery Publishing. Henry's son (I think), William Regnery II, is a prime mover in the "white supremacy" movement in the U.S. William II is an heir to the Regnery fortune. As far as I know, William II is not otherwise tied to Regnery publishing. Alfred Regnery, the current director of Regnery, is Henry's son. Got it? Wait a minute! So Alfred is William II's brother, is that right? D'oh!)
If one goes to the website for Regnery Publishing:
--one will find a section on “corporate information.” There, one finds that, indeed, Fuentes is one among six of the publisher’s “external directors.” (Pat "Wheel" Sajak is another one!)
Regnery’s catalog includes crackpot diet and health books, crackpot conspiracy books, crackpot anti-evolution books, and crackpot Ann Coulter books (is there any other kind?).
Here are some of the fascinating titles I found in Regnery’s catalog [see: http://www.regnery.com/catalog.html]:
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth?, … "Jonathan Wells has news for you. Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. Icons of Evolution will light the fires of controversy and provide a brutally honest report of who what we've truly discovered about evolution in recent years"
Kill It and Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish, … “Filled with hunting anecdotes, detailed instructions on cleaning and dressing your game, helpful hints for those new to cooking wild game….
God, Guns & Rock and Roll, … "Rock and Roll legend, Ted Nugent, contends that a lot of what is wrong with this country could be remedied by a simple, but controversial concept, gun ownership….
Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption Into the Catholic Church, Michael S. Rose…“For anyone who has asked how pedophiles or predatory homosexual priests could possibly have been tolerated—here is the answer, in the most explosive book on the Catholic Church in a generation.”
The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos, Michael S. Hyatt…“Hyatt explains the depth or the millennium crisis in layman’s terms, and discusses how the upcoming situation will affect all of us—and what you can do to protect yourself”
Profscam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education, Charles Sykes…“Sykes argues that the American universities are turning into professorial clubs where deviation from party lines means expulsion and exile, where perks are paramount, and where taxpayers, parents and students are treated with contempt”
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry , John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi…“A shocking indictment of John Kerry by some of the men who know him best.”
Women in the Military: Flirting with Disaster, Brian Mitchell…“Now former Army officer Brian Mitchell offers a sober, thoughtful, but scalding analysis of how the integration of women into our armed forces has proved a national security nightmare”
For an old Dissent article about Fuentes’ associations, see “Trustee Fuentes: some background” in ARCHIVES: September 2002