John A. Stormer died July 10 after an unspecified yearlong illness, according to an obituary posted on the website of the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, Mo. A spokeswoman for the funeral home confirmed the details from the website. In , Stormer had a religious reawakening.
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John A. He was The McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home posted news of his death on its website, saying he had fallen ill a year ago. McCarthy had faded in the s. The book landed in the year that the Republican Party nominated Barry M. Goldwater, the conservative Arizona senator, for the presidency, and Goldwater sympathizers latched onto it, buying up copies and distributing them at rallies and by other means.
The far-right John Birch Society was among the groups spreading the book around. Communists, Mr. Stormer wrote, were bent on infiltrating the American government and had largely succeeded, as evidenced by American and United Nations economic support for Communist countries.
Stormer wrote. The conspiracy, he claimed, was also seeking to undermine Christianity, the American education system and more. Unions and the news media were enablers, he said, as were charitable foundations.
Millions of copies of the book ended up in circulation, although not as a result of people stampeding to the bookstores. John Anthony Stormer was born on Feb. Stormer was editing an electronics magazine in when he attended a conservative conference in Washington whose speakers included Goldwater and Walter Judd, a United States representative from Minnesota known for his anti-Communism. Not holding out much hope that a mainstream publisher would be interested, he took an unusual approach to publication.
He asked for advance orders and, he said, soon had 57,, enough to support a print run. The book was heavily footnoted, but its accuracy was quickly called into question. The book and efforts to distribute it divided the country. At Elmira College in Western New York, 60 students picketed the home of the college president after he distributed free copies through the campus mail.
The book may have circulated widely, but it did not help Goldwater; he lost the election by a wide margin to the incumbent, Lyndon B. Stormer, though, saw a silver lining to that defeat. He viewed it as a signal to conservatives to work harder and smarter. Stormer contended that the American education system had strayed from a focus on academics and been hijacked by forces promoting a type of social engineering dangerous to traditional values.
In Mr. He became pastor of a Baptist church in Florissant, Mo. He was also superintendent of a Christian school and, for 10 years, president of the Missouri Association of Christian Schools. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth; a daughter, Holly Hartzell; a sister, Susan Pezzi; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Among his other advice was that people read two newspapers a day of opposite editorial viewpoints. He also urged his readers to make God a meaningful force in their lives and to be politically active. The stakes, he said, were high. Home Page World U.
John A. Stormer
John A. He was The McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home posted news of his death on its website, saying he had fallen ill a year ago. McCarthy had faded in the s.
John A. Stormer, popular right-wing author, dies at 90
John A. Both a pastor and a Christian school superintendent, his books have sold millions, warning America about the communist infiltration of American society, politics and culture. He has been called by Daniel Pipes "the man who may be the most popular U. He served for several years as editor and general manager of an electrical magazine. In , he left the business world for studying and writing about communism. He founded Liberty Bell Press in
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