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This was illustrated perfectly, perhaps, in the 2004 presidential election, when Americans were given a choice between a "conservative" Bonesman (Bush) and a "liberal" Bonesman (Kerry).
Damon's Yale Bonesman replies, "The United States of America.
When the question was turned over to his Democratic opponent, John Kerry, another Bonesman, he simply said: "Not much because it's a secret.
The most credible account of the Bonesmen's connection to Geronimo is supported by a newly discovered 1918 letter written by society member Winter Mead to fellow Bonesman Trubee Davison.
I was told by a Bonesman that the idea of the death motif is to remind you that life is short and that there is an unspoken pressure to achieve, and to follow in the footsteps of all of the prominent alumni before you before you die.
I've been thinking, too, of our president's other fellow Bonesman, the strands of his hair flying in the wind, leaving us with Dylan Thomas' admonition, "Do not go gentle into that good night.
So, should a Bonesman who refuses to discuss his membership in this secret society be elected to the highest office in the land?
We first cited John Kerry's membership in the exclusive Yale group in our September 24, 1991 issue, where we pointed out that because he was a member, his work in the Senate would be "acceptable to the Bonesman occupying the White House," then George Bush the elder.
The vast majority of voters are like fans in the bleachers: We participate from the cheap seats, are supposed to enjoy our place, and vote for whichever Bonesman we prefer.
A new book, Ambushed, reveals that Bonesman David Richards, now a Manhattan real estate lawyer, was the member who tapped Yale junior George W.
She does not reveal the provenance of her information; perhaps it was the same Kerry quote mentioned above, perhaps other sources, possibly a resident Bonesman at the Times.