My mother's 1/8th Cherokee/Dutch father was William Alexander Hendrix, the son of Rev. Wilson Walter Hendrix, for whom Hendrix College in Arkansas was named. He was a veteran of WW1 where he rose to the rank of sergeant, and worked most of his life for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, oversaw construction of Camp McCain at Winona, MS where my sister was born 9/21/1942. After the war he worked on the Mississippi River as a clerk and worked his way up be pilot of a the motor tow boat Mateur (see left). He knew the entire river from Cairo, IL to New Orleans. Mom's Scots Irish and Powhatan Cherokee mother Beulah Grace Wilson was from Reagan, TN. One of her ancestors was on the Territorial Legislature for the territory south of the Ohio River which named the State of Tennessee. Her father was Charles Prestley Wilson, who owned 7 sawmills and a stave mill on the Arkansas river in the 1920s. He also owned a horse who won the Kentucky Derby. He was the richest man in Arkansas, and second only to the Governor in political power. C.P. (later known as "Papa") Wilson "lost all his money drinking and gambling" and eventually "got religion." I remember him well, and he died when I was about 8. He used to be kinda out of his head most of the time, and regularly walked off and went walking down the Interstate 10 just east of the Mississippi River bridge at Halls Ferry Road at Vicksburg, MS.
My father Leslie Alfred Anderson b1917 in Minneapolis was the eldest son of his Swedish father A.W.Anderson who was a Swedish Chef and Restaraunteur. His German (Crypto Jewish?) mother Otelia Wedman was birn ijn Vladimir Vlinsk, Poland, daughter of German Agricultural Missionaries sent to Poland by Kaisar Wilhelm. Both turn-of-the-20th century immigrants to the USA.
Dad, was his High School Salutatorian and University Salutatorian, and later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota School of Engineeering in 1939. One of his first jobs was for the TVA at Norris Dam in East Tennessee, where he decided he wanted to retire -- and eventually did so at nearby Oak Ridge, where he worked for Garrett AirResearch Manufacturing Company as a senior engineering manager in a consortium with Union Carbide Corporation, for DOE/OCPO. He headed the gas Centrifuges for Uranum Enrichment at Oak Ridge and at Portsmouth, OH. He was listed in Who's Who in the West in 1966. A professional engineer all his life, working in National Defense, Aerospace (had a rating as a NASA Research Scientist) and energy research. Dad's brother, CAPT Vernon Franklin Anderson US Navy (RET) was a 1945 U.S. Naval Academy Graduate, and was known in the US Navy as "Mr Sonobuy." He played key roles in The Cuban Missile Crisis and in SOSUS anti-submarine warfare. He was a friend of Tom Clancy, and a consultant on the movie "The Hunt For Red October."
I attended elementary schools in Vicksburg, MS, Santa Monica, CA, and Newport Beach, CA between 1961 and 1966 -- until Nixon put the nix on The Space Program. We then moved to Orlando, FL where dad worked for Martin Marrietta's Nike-Zeus nuke missile defense program until the Government shut down that project down also, then we moved off to Long Island, NY where dad worked (a consummate trajectory analyst) for Grumman in planning the "Grand Tour" of the planets for the first Voyager missions. I worked for Nixon in the 1968 Presidential Campaighn in Suffolks County, NY, and was invited to his inaugural. After that, the space program became so small that Dad moved into Modular Housing at Battle Creek, MI then to Dover, DE, and then to Charleston, WV. He eventually returned to U.S. Gov't Energy research with Garrett AirResearch in 1972 at Laguna Hills, CA, later transferring to Oak Ridge, TN about the time I married in 1977. He bounced mom and my disabled older sister Mimi between at Oak Ridge, then Mission Viejo, CA, then back to (finally) to Oak Ridge. He semi-retired and continued to consult with DOE and worked into his late 70s, finally succombing on 12/7/2002.
Both my parents disliked and were never involved in any "organized religion" despite what has been reported by notorious liars (like Trishsa Jacobs) on the Internet.
1971 was the beginning of my professional singing career with Up With People including an appearance at Carnegie Hall. I attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1972-3 and Orange Coast/Saddleback Colleges in 1974-5. Also during 1975 I played a folk single engagement at Baer's Lair in Newport Beach, CA. Soon after I fronted "Interstate 5," a Western Swing Band (honoring Bob Wills, Hank Williams and other C&W music founders ) at Uncle Hubert's Royal Caboose in Balboa Island, California. In 1975-1976 I fronted a band for Grand Ole Opry member and former Delta Records A&R man Warren Purcell.
In 1972, I attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where I was a Military Scence Major and a member of The Tennessee Ranger Company, serving as a Radio Telephone Operator (RTO). I was also a member of Iota Alpha Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega National Servuice Fraternity. I was assistant to Rev Joseph Meixner, the Campus Chaplain. I moved back to Southern California and attended Orange Coast College, where I served on The Judicial Board. I later attended Saddleback College as a music major, where I played electric bass in the Jazz Band..
In 1977 I "got religion" and moved to Salt Lake City and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where I soon met and married the late Cherokee descendant Joanne Mary Woody, (then aged 30 years - B.S. Child Development and Family Relationships) who had served a 1972-2 mission in the Copenhagen, Denmark Mission.
Beginning in September of 1977, I attended Brigham Young University, graduating in August 1979 with a Bachelors Degree in Youth Leadership from the Dept. of Physical Education. I then entered the Scouting Profession, serving as a District Executive of Boy Scout Councils in Redlands CA, and later in Salt Lake City, Utah. I left Scouting in the fall of 1981 and Joanne and I became the first Utah Mormon couple to become Family Living Instructors at Boystown near Omaha, Nebraska, achieving certification in the Teaching Family Model in a record 5 months. We later served as Houseparents at Youth Homes, Inc. at Rock Springs, WY until Joanne became pregnant (after 9 years of waiting) with our first and only child Joseph in October, 1985.
In the 80's and 90's, I attempted to escape the (notorious for LONG working hours) Youth Profession, working in the Natural Gas Safety and Health Insurance industries. Joanne passed away in April 29, 1995, and I immediately (at Joanne's suggestion/insistence prior to passing) marrying my present sweetheart Betty Jo Wilson. We moved to Moab, UT living there until January of 1998, when I entered Graduate School at Utah State University at Logan, UT. Finances didn't work out, so Betty and I "went trucking" with Covenant Transport until diabetes forced her off the road 6 just months later.
We then decided to moved to Oklahoma City, OK, where I worked as a Technical Support Representative for America Online until our move to Van Buren, MO, where we lived until July 2001, and were very active in Cherokee politics and culture. While there, I was invited by Grandfather Richard Craker to become an apprentice Cherokee Adawehi (kind of like a Medicine Man but more a protector of The old Cherokee Religion), but declined due to lack of travel commuting funds to his home for training.
I continued my spiritual work as protege of John "Red Hat" Duke, an elder in The Cherokee Naton of Oklahoma and in The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. John Red Hat was believed by the last three Kymongwes (village chiefs) at Oraibi to to be "The True White Brother," fulfiller of The Hopi Prophecy. In 2001 we moved to Poplar Bluff while I became a solo driver for Schneider National for 6 months. I was in training at Green Bay, Wisconsin during 9/11. I then drove about 2.5 years for Hall Transport out of Charleston, MO during which time we moved to Cabool, MO in October of 2002.
Weary of trucking after 3 years, I then decided to start up Prophecykeepers Radio. Later in 2004, Betty and I formed the non-profit Prophecykeepers Foundation. The rest, as they say, "is history."
In 2004 and 2005 I forged a loose-knit partnership relationship with Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf. I have since that time hosted over 110 weekly Prophecykeepers interviews with various guests of different indigenous religious traditions. I was also interviewed by Shirley Maclaine (aired July 2004), Mary Sutherland (February/March 2004), and also on Steve Mitton's nationally syndicated show "RadioActive."
Prophecykeepers Radio will continue on with the same Native American vein and will feature Native American or Metis guests, or others of good heart (and any color) who are following The Red Road, or The Cherokee White Path, or The Beauty Way, et al, etc.