Billy Lee is a retired machine designer, Navy brat, former anti-Vietnam War activist, Francophile, math lover, Egyptology enthusiast, and MSU grad. He sometimes listens to Blues and occasionally enjoys a Culver’s fish sandwich.
Married to Beverly Mae, he is father to six adult children—three bio and three in-grafted—and granddad to thirteen grandkids.
Billy Lee is a Christian who loves Obama, Hillary, and the gay people.
Billy Lee is a lifelong pontificator who believes that civilization’s biggest problem is the lack of caps on private incomes. No-limits on private wealth—established in the 1980s by tax codes passed by and for our elites—tempt professionals to band together to loot corporations and public institutions. The prospect of unlimited money lures business owners to squeegee wages, so they can keep the excess for themselves.
Billy Lee believes the possession of excessive wealth by individuals anywhere in the world should be a felony enforced by international courts.
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Post Script [added March 2016]: Some readers have noticed that Billy Lee shares his name with the much-admired manservant (slave) of our first president, George Washington.
Billy Lee was a renown equestrian and fox-hunter who, during Washington’s military campaigns, rode beside the General on a magnificent jumper named Chinkling—according to the memoirs of the president’s step-grandson, Custis.
A source has claimed that Custis’s memory was in error; Billy Lee in fact called his horse Clackling—after the sounds made by his steed as it pranced on the president’s paving-stone carriageway before a hunt.
In any event, the revolutionary officers and enlisted men who served General Washington treated the Negro freedom fighter and his horse Clackling with affection, admiration, and respect. The father of our country would have it no other way.
Some say that the famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee might have been a distant relative of Billy Lee; or it might be true that an ancestor of the South’s most beloved General owned Billy Lee before George Washington purchased the sixteen-year-old to serve as houseboy at his Mount Vernon estate. In those days slaves almost always took the last names of their original owners.
In rare instances before the Civil War when a slave might be set free (called manumission), some—after their emancipation—changed their last names to disassociate themselves from their former masters. Sometimes they tacked on the name of a favorite horse or pet. Billy Lee may have done the same.
Today some of Billy Lee’s progeny are believed to be living in the Detroit area under such a name. At least two are believed by one researcher to have played professional football in the NFL.
Our own Pontificator’s father, US Navy Captain Bryce Lee (please take time to read Billy Lee’s poem, Warrior) was himself an accomplished equestrian and fox-hunter—just like the first president’s houseboy—though no evidence of a genetic-link to the president’s confidante and friend has yet been established. Research by a family genealogist continues.
In 1780, portrait artist, John Trumbull, painted Billy Lee sitting on his horse with the first president standing absent-mindedly in the foreground. We included a photo of the famous oil-painting and links to articles about the two men for the convenience of readers who might want to know more.
Whatever the truth about any familial-connection, Billy Lee (the Pontificator) admires Billy Lee (the freed houseboy) and bears his name with pride and love. Billy Lee knows in his heart of hearts that Billy Lee is an unsung hero of our nation’s war against tyranny.
Due to the posthumous generosity of President George Washington, Billy Lee enjoyed his last years on the earth a free man—reunited in marriage with the woman he first loved and living large on one of America’s grandest estates; located at 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121. Click on the link and enter the name Billy Lee in the site’s search box to learn more.
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