The Press: King Storke

Tucked snugly between Southern California's Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific coast, the expensively attractive city of Santa Barbara (pop. 60,000) is a natural harbor for old bones. There, under a gentle sun, the retired well-to-do live out their twilight years, nourishing a vehement conservative concern for the state of the nation. It was a natural place to organize an active cell of the radical right-wing John Birch Society. But less inevitable was the fact that it was the leading citizen of Santa Barbara who first peeled the bark off the Birchers. The man who did it was Thomas More Storke,...

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