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In the Spring 2014 a friend of mine tried once more to contribute content for my article on Wikipedia. It was spiked. I tried to post one on Authur warner. He now has none but it too was spiked. My contributions have often been deleted by the editors because I have been offically declared an unrealiable source. So that my contributions will remain available on the Internet. I am reproducing them below.

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Early Life and Education

Bill was born to Anne Minor Dent and William Armstrong Percy II, of the Mississippi Percys. His mother was raised by her widowed uncle, the distinguished Memphis lawyer Dent Minor, scion of the 17th-century settlers of those names in Maryland and Virginia. Dent Minor's great-uncle John B. Minor taught law at the University of Virginia from 1845 to 1895 and served for decades as dean of its Law School.

After graduating as valedictorian of Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts in 1951, Percy went to Princeton University, where he entered its Special Program in the Humanities. He struggled with the rejection and persecution of gays there during the McCarthy years. His freshman advisor, Robert Goheen, son of Presbyterian missionaries to India, was secretly being groomed for president and didn't have much time for Percy. His Sophomore advisor E. Harris Harvison, one of the 21 Elders who run the Presbyterian church of the United States was more openly homophobic. He denied Percy's request to spend his junior year in Paris, quipping “You are to young and too immature," immature then being a code word for homosexuals, derived from Freudian theory. (See Martin Duberman, Cures (Westview Press 2002), for raging homophobia at Princeton). After that, Percy also flunked a course and lost his scholarship.

At that time in 1963, when conscription was still in effect, Percy volunteered for the U.S. Army. During his military stint, he studied Norwegian at the Army Language School. He was assigned to the Military Intelligence in Fort Bragg, North Carolina . There he volunteered to be a French interpreter on loan to the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was assigned to train Vietnamese, spies, saboteurs and assassins on the island of Saipan. Although the FBI could find no evidence against him after an extensive investigation, he failed the lie detector test administered in the basement of the Pentagon, when he denied that he had any homosexual experiences, but the CIA took him anyway.

Following the completion of his military service, Percy completed his B.A. in a summer and the following year in 1957 at the University of Tennessee. He went on to earn an M.A. from Cornell University, having interrupted his two years there by obtaining a Certificato from the University of Naples, which took a year. Then he reluctantly went back to Princeton where he earned an A.M. in 1962 and a Ph.D. In 1964.


Percy taught at the University of New Orleans, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of Missouri at St. Louis for two years each. In 1968 he moved to the University of Massachusetts at Boston. After gaining early tenure and early promotion to full professor there, in 1975 Percy relaxed. He “came out” in 1982 to colleagues and joined the fight for equal right for gays . Three years later he began publishing in gay studies with a “Centerfold” in the radical newspaper The Gay Community News. He blew that Centerfold up into Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece. Paul Cartledge, of the University of Cambridge, described Percy's Pederasty and Pedagogyin Archaic Greece (University of Illinois 1996) as the first book to try to go beyond Kenneth Dover's groundbreaking, but homophobic, Greek Homosexuality. (In the Candian Reviw)

At the time that he published Outing: Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence (1994), Percy announced that he was offering a bounty of $10,000 for the person who successful “outed” a living American cardinal, a sitting justice the U.S. Supreme Court, or a four-star officer on active duty in the U.S. Military. In light of the 2003 Supreme Court decision that decriminalized sodomy (Lawrence v. Texas), he amended his bounty offer to exclude a Supreme Court Justice, but increased the bounty to $20,000 for a cardinal or four-star officer. After the military welcomed homosexuals Percy raised the bounty to $30,000 for successfully outing a living American Cardinal and and so it remains as this notice a test!. His Roman marriage book contradicts the current consensus that Romans married late, males at 28 to females at 19, to restore the traditional ages of males at 19 and females at 14. It has been much discussed on the Princeton-Stamford Classics website.

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