frank wills


I have this tradition. It’s something I do now when a friend dies. I save his Rolodex card. What am I supposed to do? Throw it away in the trash can? I won’t do that. No, I won’t. That’s too final. Last year I had five cards. No I have fifty. A collection of cardboard tombstones, bound together with a rubber band. I hate these fucking funerals. I really do. And you know what else I hate? I hate the memorials. That’s our social life now. Going to these things.

Frank Wills, an $80-a-week security guard, triggered the uncovering of the Watergate scandal 39 years ago today.

The Post picked it up from there.

From his obituary in the Post (he died in 2000 of a brain tumor): Mr. Wills was considered a forgotten figure of Watergate when, in 1997, came a deluge of interview requests on the 25th anniversary of the break-in. He emerged embittered, telling a Boston Globe reporter: “I put my life on the line. I went out of my way. … If it wasn’t for me, Woodward and Bernstein would not have known anything about Watergate. This wasn’t finding a dollar under a couch somewhere.”


Frank Wills

Frank Wills (February 4, 1948 – September 27, 2000) was the security guard who alerted the police to a possible break-in at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.. His actions eventually led to the discovery of the truth about the Watergate Scandal and led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.

Frank Wills was born in Savannah, Georgia. His parents separated when he was a child and he was primarily raised by his mother, Margie.

After dropping out of high school in eleventh grade, Wills studied heavy machine operations in Battle Creek, Michigan and he earned his equivalency degree from the Job Corps. He migrated north and found an assembly-line job working for Ford in Detroit, Michigan. He later had to give up his assembly-line job due to health issues - he suffered from asthma. Wills then traveled to Washington D.C. and worked at a few hotels before landing a job as a security guard at the Watergate hotel.

In June 1972, Wills, at the age of 24, was working as a private security guard at the Watergate office building on the shores of the Potomac River. This was the location of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. In the one year that Wills had worked here, there had been only one attempted break in so his job was not of major importance. It was also considered so safe that security officers in the building only carried around a can of mace.

On the night of June 17, Wills noticed a piece of duct tape on one of the door locks when he was making his first round. The tape was placed over the latch bolt to prevent the door from latching shut. He removed the tape and continued on his patrol. Thirty minutes later, Wills came back to the door and he noticed there was more tape on the door. Without hesitation, Wills rushed up to the lobby telephone and asked for the Second Precinct police. Five men were found in the DNC offices and arrested; details that emerged during their questioning and trials triggered the Watergate scandal. The five men arrested were Bernard L. Barker, Virgilio Gonzales, Eugenio Martinez, James W. McCord Jr., and Frank Sturgis.

After this incident, Wills got his name in the papers - but not his picture. One story reports that after the Watergate break-in, he received a raise of $2.50 above his previous $80 per week; another story states he wanted, but did not receive, a promotion for discovering the burglary.

A while after the break in, he quit his firm and found another security job that paid him a little bit more money, but it was still not enough to live on so he had to leave that job as well.

Wills played himself in the film version of the book All the President’s Men, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s account of their reporting work on the Watergate scandal. Wills also appeared briefly on the talk show circuit.

The log entry Wills made on June 17, 1972 at 1:47 a.m. is in the National Archives.

Shameless 5x12

So much pissed me off in this episode 5x12
-so Mickey cheated on Ian after Ian being gone for what mayyyybe 3 days?
-Mickey tried to fuck a woman even tho he is in love with Ian and 100% out of the closet -Mickey and Ian were barely even in this episode
-frank is willing to take care of this random bitch he’s known for 5 seconds but hasn’t taken care of his kids basically ever
-Ian barely even shown any emotion when he was breaking up with Mickey, ya know, the guy he’s been in love with for about 5 seasons now
-Mickey said I love you for the first time and Ian basically said sucks to be you
-Ian didn’t care at all that someone was chasing Mickey with a gun trying to kill him
-Ian basically said he’s not gonna take his medicine even after seeing, once again, how his mom is without taking hers
-Fiona won’t make up her damn mind about who she wants to be with
-lip is falling in love with a married woman, who basically just wants sex from him
-Debbie is fucking pregnant and thinks she’s in love with a kid she’s known for like a week

askthegirldetective asked:

Francy for the Jumbo Ship Meme and the other ship meme too

((*cracks knuckles* Let’s do this))

Who wakes the other one up with kisses: Frank does and then Nancy grumbles a lot.

Who is the morning person and who is the night person: Nancy is a definite night owl, especially on cases. Frank is a morning person, especially when he gets a consistent nine hours.

Who is the more cuddly one: Definitely Nancy.

Who cooks: Frank is always wary when Nancy wants to cook anything, because sometimes she wants to try something new and almost burns the kitchen down as a result.

Favorite nonsexual activity: Sometimes just giving each other a massage feels great. It’s as intimate as they can get. Nancy’s been thinking of suggesting doing body paint projects but she’s not quite sure how willing Frank would be for that.

Their favorite place to be together: Out on the field during a mystery of course. If they can’t get that then going to the park will do.

Any traditions: Not really. They celebrate holidays with their families.

Their “song”: Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

What they do for each other on holidays: They try to find gifts for each other they think the other will like. Nothing too complicated.

Where did they go for their honeymoon: I like to think they went mountain climbing. I don’t know why, it just sounds like something they’d do. Or maybe they’d go to Rome.

Where did they first meet: I don’t remember how they originally met in the older book series, but in the TV series they were arguing over a suitcase and Nancy judo flipped Frank and Joe laughed his ass off.

Any pets: Nancy kept Togo.

What do they fight over: Fighting is very rare between them but it usually consists of Frank’s frustration that Nancy is too reckless and would she please exercise some more caution next time and–GODDAMMIT NANCY WHAT WERE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT?

Who kills the bugs: Nancy kind of kills them without thinking while Frank tries not to kill them but catch them and let them go outside.

Who hates morning: Nancy certainly is a Grumpy Gus in the morning.

Who’s cranky until they’ve had their coffee: Nancy’s not really cranky per say, she just grumbles and squints a lot.

Who drives: It usually depends.

Who wore braces: Neither of them.

Who got bullied: I’m pretty sure they both got picked on when they were children.

Who worries about how they will look when they’re older: Neither of them really care about looks. And besides, they don’t have to worry about a thing. They both come from a family of amazing genetics.

Who makes mix CDs: Definitely Frank. He’ll usually mix some of his music with Nancy’s favorite oldies tracks and she listens to them a lot.

Who clings to the other watching scary movies: I don’t think they get scared by scary movies, what with all the other stuff they’ve seen.

Asks weird questions in the middle of the night: “But what if–” “Nancy, that’s enough.” “I’m just saying–” “If you don’t quiet down and get to sleep in the next two minutes, I’m gagging you one way or another.”

Initiates hand holding while the other is driving: They both do it, the big dorks.

Asks, “What are you thinking about?”: Usually that question only comes up is if they’re working on a case together.

Always has to be touching the other: Sometimes after a bad case, they find comfort in keeping contact with each other.


Francis Oakley has been selected by the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts to serve as its interim director when its current director, Michael Conforti, retires on August 31 after more than a decade on the job.

Oakley’s resume is formidable: he served as president of art history powerhouse Williams College from 1985 to 1993, was president of the Clark’s board from 1998 to 2005, and currently holds a trustee position at the Clark. He is also professor emeritus of the History of Ideas program at Williams.

“We feel fortunate that Frank is willing to serve the Clark in such an important role during this time of transition,” Andreas Halvorsen and Robert G. Scott, respectively the chair and vice chair of the Clark’s board, said in a statement. “With a strong interim director in place, the board has the luxury of knowing that we will be able to devote sufficient time to conduct a thorough and deliberate search for our next director.”

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