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Ashburn, Virginia , United States
|| January 20, 1948
Feb 02, 2012 10:46pm
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Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher, best-selling author, and award-winning documentary writer/director. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and produced the first syndicated radio “shorts” program, Health News. He has written 20 books, including his latest, No More National Debt, due out in March 2011; and three feature-length documentaries, including The Money Masters (1995), one of the most-watched films in Internet history; and The Secret of Oz (2010), winner of Best Documentary of 2010 at the Beloit International Film Festival.
I grew up in an Air Force family. I was born in Fairborn, Ohio on January 20, 1948 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. My dad spent 23 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Col. His last assignment was as chief scientist for the Minuteman Missile System at Ballistic Missiles Division Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
My father’s grandfather was Thomas C. Still, DO, the first osteopath in California. His brother, Andrew Taylor Still, DO, of Kirksville, MO, was the founder of osteopathy.
When my dad retired, we moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where he got a job pursuing his passion of something called “through-the-earth” communications. It was a subset of “survivable communications” that he had to investigate for the Minuteman Missile System. My father passed away in 2005 at age 86. His parents both lived into their mid-90s.
My mother, Mary C. Still, was born Mary Wilson in Denver, Colorado. During WW2, at the tender age of 25, she managed an arms depot at Wendover Air Force Base in Utah. For many years she worked as a bookkeeper in Loudoun County and was state treasurer for the Eastern Star of Virginia. At age 90, she still drives and lives in Winchester, VA.
I graduated in the middle of my High School class from Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, VA in 1965. I spent 3 years at Virginia Tech, majoring in physics & electrical engineering, but did not graduate.
Christian non-denominational, Quaker. I’ve been a member in good standing of the Goose Creek United Monthly Meeting of Friends in Lincoln, Virginia for nearly 40 years. I occasionally attend Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Ashburn, VA, and McLean Bible Church, in McLean, Virginia where I volunteer in their Television Control Room as a Shade Tech – someone who controls the iris settings of their 6-camera live broadcasts.
In 1977, I started the newspaper the Loudoun Monitor. My competition was not only the largest weekly newspaper in Virginia, but part of a 6-paper syndicate that essentially controlled Northern Virginia politics. That was the first job I really loved.
The Monitor grew to become a serious competitor; 14,000 per week circulation versus 17,500 for my competition. It frequently stirred things up. For example, I filed a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) with the County Administrator’s Office to reveal all salaries of employees making over $30,000 per year. This list had not been available to even the Board of Supervisors. I printed the list. A few weeks later, I published the same list for School Board employees making over $30,000 per year (which was a lot in 1980).
Although this made me very unpopular among certain elements of the political establishment, at one point over 99% of the members of the Loudoun County Bar Association petitioned the Chief Circuit Court Judge to take away the County’s legal advertising from the big newspaper that was my competition, and give it to the Monitor. The only dissenting member of the bar was the Mayor of Leesburg, Virginia.
I began freelancing medical breakthrough stories, and I started making more money freelancing in a few hours a week than I had been newspapering at 80 hours a week. On July 1, 1982, I closed the Monitor without debt. I was actually able to keep government relatively honest during those five years, which demonstrates the absolute necessity of an independent – and competitive – press to the preservation of the great American experiment.
Throughout the decade of the 1980s, I sold hundreds of medical breakthrough stories (remember, doctors in my genes) to major newspapers, magazines, and the tabloids. In 1982, I started the first syndicated series of radio shorts, called Health News. These were one-to-three-minute features which are now common in the radio industry.
In 1990, I wrote my first book – the first anti-New-World-Order book, entitled New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies. It showed how blood-oath secret societies have worked for hundreds of years to eliminate nation states and consolidate political, economic, and military power at the world level. It heralded the virtues of the sovereign nation state and warned against ceding power to any transnational group only with great caution.
The overall message was very hopeful; people love their national sovereignty and give it up with the greatest reluctance. I decided early on that for my children’s sake, I would never write anything with a hopeless message. This book sold well – lifetime sales of 250,000.
THE MONEY ISSUE
How did I get started on the money issue? Back in 1980, when I was still running the Monitor, I got a call one day from an older gentleman who said, “Have I got a story for you; there is no gold left in Fort Knox.”
It sounded crazy, but as it turned out, this gentleman, whose name was Ed Durell, backed up everything he said with hard documentation. I go into his story in both my film, The Money Masters (1996), my book, No More National Debt (2011), and a shortened YouTube version, The Still Report #9, Jan. 1, 2010.
I wrote the story on the Fort Knox Gold Scandal in my newspaper and it was very well received, but I really didn’t understand the issue fully for years to come. Why would the government lie about such an important topic; Fort Knox gold?
In 1993, I wrote my first book on the money topic, On the Horns of the Beast: The Federal Reserve and the New World Order. A fan of this book eventually contacted me and asked what the next step would be to reach a larger audience. I recommended a documentary video and by 1995 we were filming The Money Masters, which was released in 1996.
In 1996-7, I served as the Managing Editor for a book called Why America is Free sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati and Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. The book did very well in the home school market. During this period, I wrote many books for hire on unrelated subjects.
Towards the end of the 1990s, I started working as a technical writer, and still occasionally do so today.
I served as Secretary of the Loudoun County, Virginia Democratic Committee (1970s) and the Frederick County, Virginia Republican Committee (2000s). I was 10th District (VA) Chairman of Ross Perot’s Reform Party from 1992-1997.