It is a little known fact that we rednecks do
foregather with intellectuals once in a while and
when we do it can get interesting. During a recent
visit to an intellectual friend he gave me a book.
He seemed to get upset when he told me it was
written by a ‘world famous’ writer and I claimed not
to have heard of him. The book is The Notebook of
I further frosted his tomato when I asked if said
author was a relative of L. Ron Hubbard. When you
want to see somebody turn red in a heartbeat, just
ask a stupid question.
So after leaving my friend steaming like a boiling
pot of potatoes, I decided to research this ‘world
Elbert Hubbard was born on June 19, 1856 in
Bloomington, Illinois. During his life he was a
writer, publisher, artist, founder of the Roycroft
artisan community, and philosopher.
He was described as an anarchist and a socialist
who believed in social, economic, domestic,
political, mental, and spiritual freedom.
In 1913 he was convicted of, and plead guilty to,
circulating “objectionable”, or obscene, matter. He
was fined $100 and lost his publisher’s rights. Mr.
Hubbard asked William Howard Taft for a presidential
pardon and was refused. In 1915 he asked Woodrow
Wilson for a presidential pardon and received it,
obtained a passport, and left the country on
May 1, 1915.
He and his wife sailed on the RMS Lusitania and
died on May 7,1915 when the ship was torpedoed by
a German Uboat. The book I received was published
posthumously in 1927.
I think I’ll read his book.
Comments are always welcome.