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Brian Bex's Life

ADAPTED FROM 

SOLITARY WALKS V.2

BY BRIAN BEX

The Beginning

February 5, 1943
South Shore Hospital
6646 Stoney Island Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

If

wishes were horses,

then beggars would ride. . .

If

turnips were bayonets,

I would wear one by my side.
 

-Rudyard Kipling, 1919

Grant Park Chicago, IL

Not long after

We honor Liberty

in name and form.

We set up her statues

and sound her praise.

But we have not

fully trusted her.

And with our growth

so grow her demands.
She will have no half service!

-Henry George

The duty of man is not

a wilderness of turnpike gates,
through which he is

to pass by tickets

from one to the other.

It is plain and simple,

and consists but of two
points.
His duty to God,

which every man must feel;
and with respect to his

neighbor, to do as he would
be done by.
-Thomas Paine

Brian and Friends
Lake Michigan

1945

Brian’s mother,

Jeanne,

as a sophomore
at the University of Chicago
Elected Phi Beta Kappa in
math and physics

John Bex

(Brian’s father) staff judge advocate
WWII Intelligence Officer. Okinawa, Japan

1943-1944.

(Right to Left)

H.L. Scharbau,

Rowena Scharbau, Jeanne Scharbau (Bex) and Indian guide

on their lake in Northern Wisconsin.

 

(Brian’s
maternal grandfather,

maternal grandmother,

and mother).

John and Jeanne Bex
(Brian’s mother and father)
OCS

(Officers Candidate School),
Yale University.

1945.

1127 Master Drive
Decatur, Indiana

Brian with mother (Jeanne) and
brother (John David)

Decatur, Indiana

Brian’s first dog,

Una,
She loved to work.
Decatur, Indiana

Brian and father (John) at home in
Baltimore, Maryland

Fishing in Chesapeake Bay
The first Blue Gill (Sun Fish)

Brian Bex in

2nd grade.

Can you identify him?
 

(Mrs. Chestnut’s class.

Her husband was Brian’s 1st basketball coach.)


St. Joe Center Grade School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Athletic competition began with Little
League Baseball
and expanded into football,
basketball and track and field.

Brian Bex under Rodin’s

The Thinker

Fort Wayne, Indiana
(perhaps it began there)

From first base to a

left-handed pitcher.
He lettered in 4 sports in high school
but his first love was

baseball.

A society won’t remain economically robust

if its discipline disappears.

Its politics won’t be healthy

if honesty rots away.

I think, therefore I am! 
-Descartes
I Am; Therefore, I’ll think.
-Rand
If you don’t think, you ain’t!
-Bex

Bex family at 4607 Haffner Drive,

Fort Wayne, Indiana
John, Jeanne, Brian and David

Always building:

Brian, brother David
and a friend build “a fort”

in the backyard
on Haffner Drive

(Also a place “to target”
for hitting homeruns)

College bound at age 17
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania to the
Sigma Chi Fraternity House

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois

It was Prom night

with the preacher’s daughter
Camp Hill High School, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Then off across the river

to William Penn High School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
(The Hawaiian lei was the hit of the evening)

1959-60.

His brow is wet with honest sweat, He earns whate’er he can,
And he looks the whole world

in the face,

For he owes not any man.
-Longfellow
The Village Blacksmith

Jacob Bex

Civil War

H.L. Scharbau

(Brian’s maternal grandfather)
A builder of hundreds of homes in

Wausau, Wisconsin
Lost it all in depression.

The preacher Bex and his wife
The church and graveyard

(dating around the time of Jefferson)

still exist in Mitchell, Indiana.

Great, Great Grandparents

Grace and Clena Bex

(Brian’s paternal grandmother and grandfather)
School teachers and basketball coach

Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

The educational initiative had sound roots.

Rowena Webster Scharbau (maternal grandmother)
at the University of Chicago

A descendent of

the author of the Dictionary

(Noah Webster)

The Oracle of Delphi

Brian’s mother, Jeanne,

with Governor and Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller

When welfare worked and the “poor” actually benefitted
Joseph Bex, Brian’s Uncle in Western Europe working
for the original C.A.R.E.

Brian’s father, John,

with the 38th President

of the United States,

Gerald Ford

You do not have the right to anything

that coercively places

an obligation on another.

Is there such a thing as “Moral Glue”? Yes. . .
This answer, is astonishing;

a Puerto Rican diplomat was found

to be in substantial agreement with

an Italian banker and

a Sri Lankan journalist as well as

the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; not to mention a 100 year old Maori woman
living in the remote village of

Pangru, New Zealand – when he said,

The effect of one upright man is incalculable.”
-Kris Bex

The classics

do their best work when they

are discovered by thinking,

not by rote. And they do their best work too, when a student and a society says,

yes this is a basic concept, but it can be refined further. That process is the essence of education.

-Minor Myers, Jr., Former President,

Illinois Wesleyan University

. . . The devil no longer moves
about on cloven hooves,

reeking of brimstone.

He is an affable, efficient fellow.

He claims to want to help us all along to a brighter, easier future,

and his sales pitch is very smooth.

I was, as the old song goes, almost persuaded.

Anyone who liked might listen;

anyone who liked might pass by.

-Albert J Nock

Remains of Delphi
Present Day Temple

..."led 3 lives."

 

...had "3" wives.

& ..."raised" 3 sons.

BEX

ECON 101

(at least it should be)

IF I DON'T GO

I DON'T GET

-from a man running a ferry

in MIssissippi

(at least tried to)
I. Necessity, II. Responsibility, III. FREE CHOICE
I. Personal, II. Private, III. OTHER

Socrates was twice married, but of the two wives given him, we know nothing except of the famous Xantippe, by whom he had a son named Tamprocles; Xantippe rendered herself celebrated by her ill-humor, and by the exercise which she afforded to the patience of Socrates.

He had married her, he said, from a persuasion that

if he were able to bear with her bad temper,

there could be nothing which he might not support

-DIOGENES

Jay Douglas
Howe Military
Howe, Indiana

Charles Andrew
Culver Military Academy
Culver, Indiana

Kristophor Aaron

while studying at Oxford University
Thetford, England
The birthplace of Thomas Paine

It all began in a duplex apartment
Brian Bex helped build

in Bloomington, Indiana.

2530 W. 3rd Street.

Remember something:

The only thing government can do

when it goes beyond proper bounds

is to confiscate private property;

its excuse for confiscation is always that it distributes the proceeds among the “deserving”;

the fact is that most of what it takes it keeps and spends on itself. Its purpose is to gain support from those it subsidizes.

It buys power with other people’s money.

Original

library

in the middle bedroom of duplex apartment

Members of Congress,

Richard Roudebush and John Myers

from the Indiana Delegation
present Brian Bex

with a flag flown above
United States capital
,
1968

Expansion to Indianapolis

Chamber of Commerce Building

1968

American Communications Office
1970

Claudio Jo

catching salmon
Southeast Alaska

Always at the Edge

HOW THOSE IN THE KNOW REMAIN SO!

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else - more than ruin - more even than death... Thought is subversive, revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privelege, established institutions and comfortable habit.

 

Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid.

 

Thought is great, swift and free,

the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

-Bertrand Russell

"The flow of information

and the 'social media'

elevates the irrelevant

to a place of prominence.

 

Results?

 

Mediocrity."

-Brian Bex

Brian Bex Report

television broadcast.

1968.

The Brian Bex Report,

television version. Aired weekly

1968-1992.

2 guests on television broadcast
Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Birch Bayh

Mayor of Indianapolis, Richard Lugar and Brian Bex following television appearance at headquarters

in Knightstown, Indiana.

Brian Bex continued the weekly television program through 1992

 

115 stations

weekly,

30 minutes without commercials.

 

With that exposure ranging in air time from Sunday morning to prime time, he never made a solicitation for funds.

Senator Vance Hartke following television interview

Moved to Knightstown, Indiana
1971

American Communications Network
Freedom Study Center
Knightstown, Indiana

1972

American Communications Network Administration
Knightstown, Indiana

A young Richard Lugar and a younger Brian Bex open

American Communications Network Study Center

at press conference.
Knightstown, Indiana

A television script is created

Visitors, by the hundreds, learn.

National press interview on

American Communications Network

educational programs.

Youth following daily tours

Student Groups, Boy Scouts, Civic Organizations
Labor Unions, Management Groups.

Congressman, Andrew Jacobs Jr. and the general public

learn American history

from books and artifacts

Along the banks of the Nettle Creek

 

American Communications Network, The Brian Bex Report

opened its headquarters in

Hagerstown, Indiana

1980.

Former congressman Philip Sharp with two American Communications
Network interns at headquarters in
Hagerstown, Indiana.

Educational programs continued to spread nationwide

American Supply Association National Convention,

New York City

Air War College

Maxwell Air Force Base
Montgomery, Alabama

for the Department of Defense

5,000 people at

a fairground in Pennsylvania
with then congressman, George Goodling.

Question and Answer session
Denver, Colorado

Reserve Officers Association opening ceremony of National headquarters
1 Constitution Avenue,

Washington, D.C.

Eisenhower Society Annual Meeting
Chaired by Leroy Smith
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Speaking Engagements

I would urge that you be dissatisfied.

 

Not dissatisfied in the sense of disgruntlement, but dissatisfied in the sense of that 'divine discontent' which throughout the history of the world has produced all real progress and reform.

 

I hope you will never be satisfied. I hope you will constantly feel the urge

to improve and perfect not only yourself,

but the world around you.

 

My purpose is

AS THE GRAIN OF SAND TO THE OYSTER

- to irritate a little -

someone else must make the pearl.

Contemplating television in studio.

Bex at Hagerstown headquarters

TO BE CONTINUED...

An elderly farmer once found me

"stuck in-the-creek" literally - he taught me how to "split my brakes" - out of the creek I came. Then followed discussion about The State of Our Republic - he exclaimed as he faded from the field:

 

There are 2 kinds of farmers:

ONE

makes his money in the country

and spends it in the city -

 

THE OTHER,

makes his money in the city

and spends it in the country.

You, Bex, are obviously the latter,

but you are learning.

Parade Marshall

at Canal Days,

 

Cambridge
City, IN
.

 

Yep!

That's him driving the Queen.

IF I HAVE SEEN FARTHER, IT IS MY STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS,"

SAID FULBERT OF CHARTRES.

 

TO OVERTHROW A GIANT, IT IS NECESSARY EITHER

TO BE A GIANT ONE'S SELF,

OR ELSE A DAVID FAVORED OF THE LORD;

 

and few of us are either. THEREFORE WE YIELD TO THE SEERS -

the PROPHETS and POETS and PHILOSOPHERS of the Great Tradition - as authorities,

because without their guidance we would wander hungry in a dark wood.

Government is not made in virtue of NATURAL RIGHTS,

which may and do exist in total independence of it; and

exist in much greater clearness,

and in much greater degree of

abstract perfection. 

Government, by perceiving a right to everything,

WANTS EVERYTHING

and Americans being so enamored of EQUALITY seemingly would rather be equal in slavery

than unequal in FREEDOM.

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