Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University. Every year since 1833, 15 people (men only prior to 1991) have been “tapped” at the end of their junior year to join the society. Its most famous members have been President William Howard Taft (who also became Chief Justice), Senator Robert A. Taft (“Mr. Republican”), Henry Luce (Time Magazine), George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, John Kerry, and William F. Buckley. Either way, the 2004 Presidential election would have resulted in a Bonesman as President. Yet neither of them was allowed to discuss his membership. Lifetime silence is part of their vows.
There was a 1970 TV movie based on Bones, Brotherhood of the Bell. But its name was never mentioned.
The public was unaware of Bones until Esquire Magazine ran a story on it in September 1977. That is a long time after 1833.
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