One of the most popular Masonic sites on the internet—for Masons and non-Masons—is that of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, which has been shepherded almost since its conception by a bemused observer of life named Trevor McKeown.
Most of you reading this blog have never had the opportunity to see Trevor, let alone annoy him on an almost daily basis with requests or rants as does your friendly Justa. However, that’s changed, thanks to the latest Saviour of the Publishing World (Without Potter in the Title).
It’s a pretty standard trick of the news trade—at least it was when news was current events and not gossip about people on reality TV shows—to take a national/international story and get a local angle on it if there’s one to be had. Evidently, a pile of newsrooms remembered this when they were told by the Associated Press that Freemasons await Dan Brown novel ‘The Lost Symbol.’ I can think of at least one ex-AP stringer who’s a Mason who hasn’t been awaiting it, but that’s beside the point. Some news outlets got on the blower to those mysterious Masons to get their reaction. That’s why Chris Hodapp of Freemasons for Dummies has suddenly increased in demand, as he outlined on his web site.
But on the lip of the green, damp Pacific forest in the casual cosmopolis monikered Vancouver, the venerable Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s television assignment desk turned to a local source—the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. And, therein concealed, at a desk far too tidy for its own good, resides one Trevor McKeown.
The CBC interviewed Trevor in the Masonic Hall. And for those of you who have not seen the man responsible for one of the finest Masonic web sites anywhere, you can do so by viewing the interview HERE.
See what a bonus Mr. Brown hath wrought? He has given you an unexpected opportunity to electronically turn your visage on Trevor. Sorry you have to sit through a commercial first. I’d do something about it if I could, but while Freemasons control the world, the CBC is not included. No one has ever controlled it.
Not only does the reporter mispronounce Trevor’s name but it’s evident he hasn’t even read the book he’s asking Trevor about because he makes no specific reference to its contents. He also makes it seem like it’s a shocking thing he’s interviewing a Mason when, if you read my previous post on the topic, there are those who’d give anything for a phalanx of cameras to show up and shower upon Freemasonry overly-generous amounts of good, free publicity.
There’s a partial shot of one of the Lodge rooms (the one without the ugly yellow cloth upholstery) though the bulk of the interview takes place in the Grand Lodge Museum which Trevor has lovingly organised.
I haven’t spoken to Trevor to see if hits to the Grand Lodge web site are up because of the book (they were when the first one came out, if I recall). Then again, now that he’s been on TV, he may be too much of a star to talk to me. I’ll have to see if Trevor has a star on his door. Being a bemused observer of life, if there were, he’d hang it upside-down.