Until now, the story of our 'Trio' has remained untold, and for good reason: The story behind the events that brought the 'Trio' together was a mystery; a suspense thriller from the past, and a geopolitical documentary that is still playing out in the present.
Not wishing to tangle with the works of the tribe who call themselves 'historians', the 'Trio' began to refer to everything that was not related to today, as being related to yesterday, and thus they became 'YesterTecs'. That did not happen overnight, because their investigation into events of yesterday came about due to a series of questions. In fact, the beginning work of the YesterTec Trio was so gradual that they were individually unaware that they were investigating an expansive subject matter that stretched back in time, not just over years, but over decades, and even into the mists of human existence.
This is a true story.
It is a complicated story, because when the 'Trio' began their investigation, it was after the passage of many years since the foundational events they were enquiring into had taken place. More than that, those foundational events each had different authors, and the individual creators of those events were secretive about they were actually doing, rather than making it known what they were really doing.
Human rivalry: jealousy, and greed all played their part to confuse, mislead and disguise the fact that there is a continuing master storyline to be discovered. But in the beginning, the 'Trio' merely came into contact with individuals who knew intriguing pieces of what is in fact a gigantic jigsaw puzzle with thousands of interlocking pieces. But the complete 'picture on the box' of this particular jigsaw puzzle is yet to be seen, because not all of the pieces have been located. However, enough pieces have now been found and assembled so that we can begin to offer this description about the mystery that it has concealed from view.
We can refer to a jigsaw with thousands of pieces, or we can liken this mystery to a pebble being dropped into a pool of still water where its plunge has created a displacement that creates ripples radiating in all directions which in turn creates more ripples of displacement, and they continue to do so until the originating energy has dissipated into stillness once more.
There was an original discovery of a single piece of the jigsaw puzzle, or to use the alternative analogy, a very small stone was dropped into a body of liquid, and it created a radiating chain of ripples. That originating piece of a puzzle, or the pebble that was dropped into water, came in the form of a question posed during 1985. That event took place after the 'Trio' had already come into close contact with Don Pierson and Ben Toney.
The question became memorialized within the text of an academic paper during 2008 when it was published as part of the contents of British and American Studies, volume XIV, issue 14, page 218: “Why can you play rock and roll all day on the radio in America, but not in the United Kingdom?” The relationship to the year in which this question was asked, is relative to the rules and regulations governing the public playing of recorded music on the British airwaves at that time. The event that triggered this question was a failure to restart 'Radio London' as a successful American network show, and as a new offshore radio station personally promoted by Don Pierson, and managed by Ben Toney.
According to one popular publication of October 1972, in that year only four books were still in print that related to offshore broadcasting, and three of them had the earmarks of the same author. Of those only one of actually dealt with the period from 1964 to 1967; another publication by that same author was a redacted translation about events in Sweden prior to 1964, but which laid the groundwork for events that followed in the United Kingdom, and one publication was authored by a paid ghost writer working for a public relations firm engaged in 'selling' a political story about the Radio Caroline twin station venture of the Sixties.
Unfortunately, most of the information that was bobbing around about the years of offshore broadcasting from 1964 to 1967 was of a dubious nature, because it was either hearsay; vanity publishing; misreporting, or intentionally misleading propaganda. It was not until 1980 that the 'Trio' began to form as a group and take a unitary interest in this subject. That grew out of a business relationship with Don Pierson which led to an involved relationship with Ben Toney. A sequential chain of events then led to the question about playing rock and roll all day on the radio. But that question from 1985 was not published until 2008 when it first appeared in the journal called British and American Studies, under the title of The Pedigree of America's Constitution: An Alternative Explanation.
Although that academic publication was not the first in the related series that followed, it was because of that question that the 'Trio' then began to document all aspects of their ongoing investigation into the real story of British broadcasting. It is a story with many strange twists and turns due to the varied interests of those who are its authors. The 'Trio' who are also referred to as 'YesterTecs' are obviously not the authors of this omnibus story, they are but enquiring observers. The only way for us to document any of our findings is to place them within the context of events as they unfolded, and that has resulted in more of our published works appearing in academic journals, rather than in the popular press.
However, it is the general interest press and various forms of 'vanity' publishing in which a populist history of British broadcasting has been appearing. Those accounts are not peer reviewed, and neither do they meet court room standards of evidence. They are mostly fictitious and fanciful fables that contradict each other, and reality. Consequently, many followers of that 'social' form of publishing become displeased to find that our research is continuing to unmask their claims as gossip and hearsay.
In this recital we are now able to reveal the context in which a parallel but contradictory twin version of events has taken place. The question from 1985 about rock and roll, is directly related to an involvement by the Trio with Ben Toney, and his relationship with both Don Pierson and Philip Birch.
There also are five timelines related to the 'Trio'. One of them predates events of 1964. Another one stretches from 1964 to 1967. A third begins in approximately 1980 and lasts until about 1999. The fourth begins in 2000 and lasts until approximately 2014, and the final one (we hope), began in 2014 and continues through until the present time.
In other words, this is not a single-track timeline relating to a single and well-defined topic of research. It has many twists and turns, and most of them fall into the category of 'serendipitous' or any other word that describes events that are more than happenstance; more than planned, and more than fortuitous that combined lead to a unique trail of discovery in which each piece of new information reveals a little more of a picture that those putting it together have not yet seen before or in its entirely. For that matter, neither has anyone else. So, in explaining this story we will be touching upon these several timelines within the context of this investigative report. This is where the story becomes of interest to our 'Trio', but not all together, that is, not all three simultaneously.
A previously noted, Philip Birch was hired by Don Pierson to manage the pass-through advertising sales, and Ben Toney, who was also hired by Don Pierson, was given the job of both managing activities on board the ship and coordinating management of broadcasting and sales when he was on shore. It was this set of responsibilities that created friction with Philip Birch who had a genuine advertising agency background, while Ben Toney had a background in working on the programming side of small-town radio stations in Texas.
Then there was Burton Kanter in Chicago. He had the favor of a number of shareholders in Texas, because Kanter was able to save them from having to pay taxes on their profits gained from investments in Pierson's enterprise. Clearly Birch understood the American auto industry and the way it sold its products to the American public, because Birch worked for one of America's largest advertising agencies, and therefore Kanter and Birch had a similar understanding of the way to "work the system" for the benefit of shareholders who expected a big return on their investments.
Don Pierson may have belonged to the fraternity of car dealers and Texas entrepreneurs who dabbled in all kinds of ideas and investments, but to make any of his money work for him, he needs people like Burton Kanter. So, Ben Toney was really a junior player when it came to a struggle for power with Philip Birch. Toney was not in the same league as Birth. It was not a level playing field at all, and Birch soon had the upper hand when he took de facto control over the London management of Pierson's radio station, and that left Ben Toney acting as a glorified Program Director.
Ben Toney also found himself in an inferior position when it came to the programming of the station, because first and foremost this was a commercial venture designed to provide a good return on financial investment for the shareholders. That was in the hands of Burton Kanter.
Pierson's plan was to approach Gordon McLendon and obtain permission to use studio made recordings of the daily output of KLIF in Dallas in order to create 'Radio KLIF London'. 'Big D' would become 'Big L', and the Dallas commercials; news and weather would all be replaced by London-based similar information. Even the KLIF Dallas station jingles made by PAMS in Dallas could be tinkered with.
When Don Pierson flew to London and tried to meet with Ronan O'Rahilly, he expected to meet an equal, like two Texas auto dealers meeting at the equivalent of a Chamber of Commerce coffee breakfast. He expected to get advice from someone already in the same business, but what Pierson did not know is that Ronan O'Rahilly refused to meet with him, because Ronan O'Rahilly was merely a 'front-man' who had no control over anything and no knowledge of anything that mattered.
In fact, when word filtered back via Jocelyn Stevens to Dr Peter Marxer in Valduz, Liechtenstein where the financial base of both the Atlanta and Caroline operations were located, Marxer, who was certainly the equal of Burton Kanter, then became alarmed when Pierson announced his plans to start 'Radio KLIF London', and he sent word back to London to formulated an attempted 'buy-off' Don Pierson's venture, before it even got on the air! Naturally Pierson referred everything back to Chicago and attorney Burton Kanter.
In essence, Marxer was now dealing with Kanter, or to put it in plain language, the fate of 'Radio KLIF London' was becoming entangled with 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline', but none of the lessor players had any idea of what was going on. That is, except for Harmon Grisewood whose job at the BBC was to advise its Chairman, Sir Hugh Carleton Greene. Their internal report about 'Atlanta' and 'Caroline' revealed that they were well aware of the part being played behind the scenes by Dr Marxer and his Swiss registered business operating in Liechtenstein, and that is before they became aware of Pierson's intrusion and his planned radio station.
Who was informing the top brass at the BBC? Their internal memorandum indicated that it originated within the advertising community located in the Republic of Ireland. That was the home of Charles Orr Stanley who controlled the Pye Group of companies.
In 1964, the Republic of Ireland was also the home of a massive construction job involving Brown and Root of Houston, Texas. They were part of a conglomerate of interests constructing an offshore radio and television island with a transmitting tower to be aimed at the Netherlands. That is where the oil and gas interests of Texas had been taking an interest in European exploration, after a huge on-land gas field had been discovered with pointers that it stretched out into the North Sea.
Brown and Root, which became part of Haliburton, had previously worked under the WWII national government of Winston Churchill developing oil and gas fields in Northern England, and they too stretched out into the North Sea. But the technology to extract offshore oil and gas back in those days was not developed and it was expensive, whereas on-land oil and gas was plentiful and cheap by comparison.
Pierson of course was totally unaware of any of this. But he had another problem which emerged from the world of his colleagues: the auto dealers. One of them became an influential key shareholder. His name is Mal McIlwain and he owned the McIlwain Ford Company dealership in Abilene, Texas. In February 1963, Mal had been given a write-up in the Abilene Reporter-News, with a story about the "Ford Motor Company's new models" which included "the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop ...." and the name of that car was about to give Don Pierson a headache.
The advertising account for Ford Motors was handled in New York by J. Walter Thompson, and that is the firm that Philip Birch worked for. Birch had a refined English accent that would fit in with London's aristocratic scene which controlled the financial heartbeat of the United Kingdom. Birch would make an excellent sales representative for Pierson's radio station. McIllwain knew Birch and put forward his name to Pierson.
McIlwain also had a connection to attorney Burton Kanter in Chicago, and this lawyer was on his way to becoming the doyen of defeating national governments who wanted to tax businesses. Kanter and Marxer were engaged in different versions of the same sort of business practices. However, the circle was made complete by connecting with Birch who shortly after Pierson hired him in writing specifying his job title and duties, began to cause Pierson trouble. Instead of dealing directly with Pierson, Birch began dealing with Kanter.
Birch began to dispute the entire Pierson business plan of using recordings from KLIF Dallas. It was 1964, and a few months earlier on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated on a bright sunny day at Noon on a Dallas street surrounded by onlooking admirers. Birch did not want there to be any association with Dallas, and so he proposed using names such as 'Radio X' or 'Radio Galaxy' or was it 'Galaxie', the Ford model name? Birch reasoned that the new station would be much more powerful than its rivals 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline', and 'Radio Galaxy' or 'Galaxie' would refer to something large and ambitious.
Pierson was furious because Birch wanted to scrap the KLIF recordings and reprogram the station to reflect a very British big band sort of sound, and he even commissioned a set of jingles from a British studio. The net result was that Pierson, who was in London and within spitting distance of the short-term lease premises rented by Birch on Curzon Street, soon discovered that he could not speak directly to Birch. Instead, Pierson had to call Chicago from London and explain the problem to Kanter who then called London to speak to Birch!
In the end a settlement was reached with the ship being renamed 'Galaxy', which was supposed to have been spelled 'Galaxie' to reflect the eponymous Ford model, and 'KLIF' was dropped from the station name when it became simply 'Radio London'. The British jingles were also scrapped and Ben Toney set about recruiting and training novices to become disc jockeys by listening to recordings of McLendon's DJs at work. Because Toney now had his hands full by recruiting, training and planning an entire station format, the question of rivalry between Birch and Toney was also solved in Birch's favor.
Out of luck was Don Pierson. He was left quietly seething with rage. Don was not a loudmouth, but he was not used to having his own ideas and dreams stolen from him. But on the other side of the fence, the equally quiet duo of Philip Birch and Ben Toney also had their own versions about what had just taken place. Given the secrecy surrounding O'Rahilly who was but a stooge for others, the writers of newspaper and magazine articles got busy interviewing whoever would talk to them.
Meanwhile, another player, who with partner/brother in Aldridge Advertising of London, was about to make his own mark on the story of Radio London. In addition to the usual fare of commercial businesses and charities, these two brothers each represented two separate buyers of airtime that used it to preach their own versions of the Christian gospel.
This storyline will continue tomorrow ....
When it first came on the air, Radio Caroline and then Radio Atlanta seemed to be just pop music pirate stations. There were other stations that followed, but they were amateurish affairs.
Then came Radio London and someone from somewhere seemed to be taking this idea of alternative broadcasting to the BBC very seriously. More clones followed. After that came Radio England and Britain Radio, and that two-station venture seemed to have the backing of some financially ambitious interests based in Texas, USA.
But back to Radio London. It really began regular programming at the beginning of 1965, and Radio England and then Britain Radio created quite a publicity storm when those stations came on the air in 1966. Unfortunately their arrival coincided with a murder which involved Radio Caroline and a lessor enterprise called Radio City. In turn, that bad news then triggered a succession of government spokesmen, the most famous (infamous) one being Tony Benn, all vowing to shut down these illegal operations.
Some called them 'extra-illegal' because their offending transmitters were, for the most part, on the ship-based stations and beyond the reach of UK law. Radio Scotland for a time moved itself within UK territorial waters and incurred a summons to appear in a UK court. Radio 390 was on a disused UK military fort, and the UK finally went to great lengths to prove that it was within British Territorial Waters. When the UK authorities had gathered enough hard evidence, they dragged its operators into court and that forced Radio 390 off the air by using existing legislation.
Now this is where the story becomes of interest to our 'Trio', but not all together, that is, not all three simultaneously. That phase began during the close of the Nineteen-Seventies, and the location was the conurbation called the 'Metroplex'. That is the name applied to a geographical area surrounding the combined cities of Fort Worth and Dallas in Texas, USA. It has a population now over seven and a half million people. (The current population of Scotland is over five million, while the population of London is over nine million, and all of England is over fifty-six million.) In terms of size, the entire geography of the United Kingdom fits inside the State of Texas twice, with room to spare.
This geographical focus has created a problem of longstanding proportions for its inhabitants. Texas is so big that it can take between 14 to 16 hours to drive from its eastern border to its western border. The geographical size of Texas has also been accompanied by overwhelming access to petroleum products resulting in low cost fuel for a Texas population that either flies or self-drives, and which looks upon public transportation as a poor alternative.
But you can't drive from Texas to the British Isles, and in the Nineteen Sixties you could not fly directly from anywhere in Texas to the British Isles, that is on a regularly scheduled airline flight plan. Texans in the Nineteen Sixties dominated the USA geopolitical landscape, because with its petroleum it could fuel the nation and with its cattle and crops it could feed the nation. Texas was powerful, but Texas were isolationists because they were isolated, except during a major international military crisis, and then its industrial military complex of companies revved-up their war output. The world according to many Texans was composed of Texas and other lands and water outside of Texas - that really were of no interest to Texans - except when someone from somewhere-else other than Texas, tried to poke their nose into the affairs of Texans. Then Texans sat up and asked: "What's going on?"
When we look back to 1964 through the eyes of Don Pierson who was at one point sitting in his favorite arm chair and reading one of the 'local' metropolitan newspapers about the arrival of Radio Caroline, what he read, and what he gathered from that article, was not what someone in the UK would have read and more importantly, what they would have gathered in comprehension from that article. Pierson had been raised by his grandparents as he entered his teens, and then, after leaving school he learned to fly courtesy of Uncle Sam. In 1964 he was now a dealer in several makes of cars. He was the owner of a small hotel and he lived in a small town called Eastland with a population of about three thousand people.
Eastland is over 50 miles further west from the city of Abilene, Texas. (There is another and larger eponymous namesake in Kansas.) Abilene is where Don had interests in managing a bank. Abilene is about a hundred miles from Fort Worth. There were no freeways (motorways) back in 1964 which linked Don with Dallas Love Field, and it was the nearest international airport to Easland. Dallas is over 30 miles from Fort Worth. Distance, especially distances in 1964, are essential to understanding Don Pierson and the creation of Radio London.
That Sunday in 1964, after reading his newspaper, Don made a decision to find out for himself what Radio Caroline was all about. He drove from Eastland to Dallas Love Field where he caught a 'red eye' flight. He eventually arrived in England, where after checking into a hotel, he lease a small plane and flew out over the North Sea. He took his camera with him. Below he saw not one, but two radio ships: mv Caroline and mv Mi Amigo. He took photographs and then, back in London he tried to meet with Ronan O'Rahilly, because the press said that O'Rahilly was responsible for initiating 'Radio Caroline', but, he said, O'Rahilly refused to meet with him.
So Don Pierson returned to Texas with his photographs and first impressions of Radio Caroline after listening to the station in his London hotel room. In Eastland he began calling his friends and associates. Out of this came two groups of investors. One connected to Pierson via family, and the other one connected by automobiles and oil business interests.
Meanwhile, Don also turned to Gordon McLendon for advice about what he had discovered: London did not have even one commercial daytime radio station. At night there was Radio Luxembourg, but during the day, while Texans were tuning-into many stations playing various versions of recorded music, the occupants of London, England had a choice of three non-commercial networks, all controlled by one organization, and none of them playing pop records back-to-back.
However, while the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was playing recorded music, and some of its selections included Elvis Presley, the Beatles and a lot of records that could be heard on Gordon McLendon's stations, but there was a difference. While McLendon's stations offered a steady stream of pop music, the BBC was very spotty in offering anything similar. At night, the promotional output of Radio Luxembourg told young listeners to buy records if they wanted to hear them, because by then, '208' Luxembourg had switched from its original post-WWII fare of both original and cloned versions of U.S. NBC mixed programming. to a non-disguised version of 'paylola' promotions.
Pierson noted the success of McLendon's stations in the much smaller Texas marketplace amidst a sea of competitors, and he wondered what would happen if he could get McLendon's permission to take a cloned version of McLendon's Dallas station to England on board a ship. He would call it 'Radio KLIF London' and record the programs in the Dallas studio as they were being transmitted, and then, after editing out Texas commercials, news and weather, he would leave blank spots for the insertion of British commercials, news and weather, by a studio operative on board the ship. This would be a relatively low-cost operation that could be put together fairly quickly and the tried and true programming style of McLendon would blow-away the amateurish output of 'Radio Caroline', and what appeared to be its competitor called 'Radio Atlanta'.
However, there were several foundational flaws in the Pierson business plan that he was totally unaware of at the time, and some of them he remained unaware of until the day he died.
The first one had to do with the slant put on the newspaper report that he read. It was influenced by Leslie Perrin Associates, a public relations firm with longstanding ties going back to the creation of the 'New Musical Express' that emerged in the very early Nineteen Fifties. Perrin had been instructed to publish a totally fake story about the people behind the start of Radio Caroline, and their reasons for starting it.
Ronan O'Rahilly was a 'front', a fake, a 'stooge' who also held anarchistic political views, which meant that he had no attachment to the existing framework of British governance, and he was entirely selfish in his approach to life: "what's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine." By his own admission in writing, O'Rahilly had developed his outlook as a child growing up in Ireland. He saw nothing wrong in using and abusing his childhood friends, and O'Rahilly claims to have been an academic failure bobbing around schools where he cheated as much as he could. Perrin has dressed-up O'Rahilly for the press, and he created a dangerous illusion for anyone such as Pierson to come into contact with.
Another problem that Pierson had was in the division among the financial interests behind his project.
That problem did not come from his family attachments, but from the auto and fuel group. They turned to a Chicago lawyer for guidance. His name is Burton Kanter. What Kanter offered these investors was an idea that was good for Kanter and good for them, and even good for Don Pierson. It involved Kanter using the 'Radio London Project' as a guinea pig to try out his formula for creating tax-free income via foreign banks under his control.
Kanter was well connected to associates linked to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and to both the Jewish and Italian 'Mafia'. Kanter's plan channeled money that the Texans would make in the UK to a bank offshore in the Bahamas. The money would be deposited via a London bank, but it would not go into a London bank account. In this way it could be 'laundered' in such a way that the Texas investors had access to all of their individual financial gains - totally free of any form of taxation, by any government. That made 'Radio London' a win-win situation for the auto branch of the investing pool.
But this "auto-led" investment link to Kanter, and not primarily to Don Pierson, quickly undermined both Don's plans and his authority, because although Pierson hired Philip Birch to rent a short-term property in London, and then hire but one secretary to handle advertising sales, Birch had other ideas.
Philip Birch had his own connections to the U.S. auto business via J. Walter Thompson Advertising and their Ford auto account. That is what Birch had worked on in North America, before he was hired by Pierson (upon recommendation by a Texas auto dealer.) Birch was at JWT when H.R. Haldeman was there, the same H.R. Haldeman who became President Nixon's White House Chief of Staff during the 'Watergate' affair. Haldeman was subsequently sent to prison for his part in the cover-up of that political scandal.
In other words, Philip Birch who had been recommended to Pierson by a Ford dealer, was not what Philip Birch appeared to be to Don Pierson, because 'Radio KLIF London' ceased to be a Pierson operation almost as soon as he spelled out his business plan. It was Kanter's tax-saving business plan that made the money for investors, not simply the initial plan of competitive commercial broadcasting. However, all of this unfolded in a series of events.
Birch was told not to open a British bank account but to use a "pass-though" system initiated by Kanter, and Pierson agreed to this idea. All income derived from advertising sales in England were to be billed by an operating company registered in the Bahamas trading through a Bahamian bank, which was of course under the control of Kanter and his CIA contacts.
But since 'Radio KLIF London' was initially a Pierson idea, he also hired a hands-on station manager to run both the station and its programming. His name is Ben Toney and he hailed from another small town on the fringe of the western edge of Fort Worth.
While Philip Birch was to manage the advertising pass-through sales, Ben Toney was at times to be managing activities on board the ship, when he was not on shore coordinating management activities in London with Philip Birch. This schedule obviously brought Birch into contact with Toney, and that resulted in a tangled struggle for power initiated by Birch with the help of Kanter.
This storyline continues tomorrow .....
He was you know, if you read what he says about the ship that became the mv Caroline. See our companion blog for details. In the meantime, here' s Bobby Rydell ....
Beginning on our companion blog (see link above), Ronan O'Rahilly is revealed in his own words which he spun in 1973. It will be followed by a commentary and then Part Two. Ronan O'Rahilly strips himself bare to the charge that he was everything that a business person would run from, unless they were looking for someone who was willing to tell lies for a fee, and get his listeners to believe him.
By October 1972, the fake story in book format about the start of Radio Caroline in 1964 had all but vanished.
But a new series of books by people who had no knowledge of the financing and management of the original Radio Caroline two-ship stations began to appear when amateurs rescued one of the ship's from a breaker's yard and pretended that Radio Caroline had returned. That was a lie. Radio Caroline, the real Radio Caroline which lasted from March 1964 until August 1967, was dead, never to return.
Steve Martin told the truth, according to anoraks.
You can be a millionaire, except that you might have to pay taxes on the million dollars, because as any anorak will tell you, when Planet Productions Limited was registered to sell airtime on February 25, 1964, the ship; the broadcasting equipment; the ship's crew; the disc jockeys; the land office address and everything else was bought and paid for, and all someone had to do was register a sales company and begin raking in the money.
Who paid for this wonderful arrangement?
The arrangement whereby a business had been created and handed to a sales company to begin making money for themselves.
Who paid for the business that allowed the sales people to make money?
What a wonderful world sang Louis, and he was right, wasn't he boys and girls?
Correction, make that daydreaming old geezers who call themselves anoraks.
You really do have to find your own million dollars (or pounds) before you can pay the taxes on it that you will owe, unless of course, like Steve Martin you don't have a million dollars and therefore you don't owe taxes on the million dollars that you don't have.
What does this mean?
Ask Paul Rusling, he wrote a bible about all this and his "Sir Hans Knot" says you should read it every day.
Maybe like Mike Wilson you have read it several times and it still doesn't make sense.
Oh well, Steve Martin was only doing stand-up comedy.
What was Paul Rusling doing?
Stealing from others and hoping to rake in his own million dollars or pounds or some form of currency.
Do you wonder if he paid taxes on it?
That question was posed in response to our previous post:
".... as the blog says lots of lies become truth but when does the truth become fact!."
The answer is that truth is fact when the facts are true. But that question was followed by another question, possibly by another person using another phony identity, but on the same Blog, and that person preceded their question with this statement:
".... you're on a hiding to nothing with this Managing Director business. Of course you won't find a legitimate company."
Then came the question that was more in the form of a statement that the writer wanted us to endorse:
"Ask yourself this: If you were setting up or running an illegal or semi- illegal enterprise, would you leave a creditable paper trail for someone to find, or come clean at a later date? Of course you wouldn't. You would leave smokescreen after smokescreen and that's exactly what they did. It is no great shock horror scandal that you cannot put all the pieces together. It is something that everyone knew all along."
This is a typical anorak response because we have found more than one legitimate company with regards to the Radio Caroline (1964-1967) operation, and they were not illegal or semi-illegal enterprises!
It is very difficult to not leave behind a paper trail for someone to find, if you are running a legitimate enterprise, and the various companies were legitimate.
Now where the smokescreen comes into play is with two people: Ronan O'Rahilly and Ian Cowper Ross. We debunked the claims of Ronan O'Rahilly by investigating his claims about Greenore and his father. Ronan O'Rahilly made stuff up about both topics and then other people simply quoted Ronan O'Rahilly!
When it came to Ian Cowper Ross and his 'Jimmy' story, well it was necessary to discover everything there was to know about Ian Cowper Ross and especially his father. We investigated his entire family genealogy back to New Zealand. So we know who Ian's father, mother and grandfather are, and, if we wanted to spend more time and money, we could know everything about his great-grandfather, and so on.
We also know all about his father's two marriages; his step-brother (and everything about him); Ian's court appearances for dangerous driving and causing an accident; where he went to school; his various family addresses in England, and of course the big one: what his father did for a living. He was, as we have stated before, in the dry-cleaning business. Therefore, we have of course investigated everything about that business and we even bought an old letterhead with his father listed as one of the directors. We think we know what happened to his father, meaning where and when he died.
Having dispensed with the lies we are digging deeper and deeper into the background of the companies we mentioned, and anoraks, because they are very stupid people who swallow lies and nonsense, have no idea of what we now know - apart from the snippets we have revealed.
One big snippet that we have not revealed is who was Caroline, and why was that name chosen for a radio station. We now know the answer, but we are not as yet prepared to reveal the answer.
It has been written and broadcast repeatedly that Ronan O'Rahilly and Allan James Crawford were joint managing directors of Radio Caroline. Then it was written in OEM (see post below), that Barry Ainley became the Managing Director of Radio Caroline, except that:
"The managing director is the highest management position in a company."
But there is a problem with that statement:
From 1964 though 1967 there was no single enterprise or company that was registered anywhere and called Radio Caroline. There was no company which conducted the affairs of the entity known as Radio Caroline. So what was Radio Caroline, and what was its purpose and who defined that purpose? What did these phantom "managing directors" manage and direct, if there was no company to manage and no company to be a director of, let alone become the "managing director"?
Why do anoraks avoid this basic question?
Anoraks who self-publish.