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When the lights were on I saw all those Donald Trump placards in the expensive balcony box seats, so I know that this crowd knows that Marin County is one of the nation's richest counties.

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You Trumpites probably did not know that Mrs. Buck was one of Marin's richest women, because her husband Leonard, who passed in 1953, placed his Belridge Oil Company assets into her Buck Trust.

Recently estimated sometimes at over $1 billion, her Buck Trust stipulated that her money could "only be spent in Marin County."

As the mid-eighties approached, some meddlesome Oakland attorneys raided the "spend-me-only stipulation," maintaining that communities in Oakland and San Francisco had greater financial needs.

White knighted attorneys, from Marin's Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Castle, repelled the assault by stipulating that three major Buck Trust grants would be dedicated to "bettering all of mankind," not just spent on those NIMBY-ISH Marinites.

Now, in my wonderful Jesuit high school, I failed a course titled "Understanding God." To help me grasp this simple concept, I was required to do summer school, where to get closer to passing I memorized the chapters dedicated to "Bettering Mankind."

The Jesuits further enlighten me by sometimes assigning me to JUG (Justice under God), a Jesuit pedagogical acronym amounting to after-school detention camp.

Armed with this Jesuitized camp knowledge on "bettering mankind," I submitted a grant request to the Buck Trust's worldly-wise grant bequeathers to compete for one of those three "benefiting all of mankind" grants.

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Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)

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