The Richard Boynton Story

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  • Author Larry Farmer
  • Published March 4, 2024
  • Word count 412

The Richard Boynton Story

Richard Boynton was born in 1941 to unwed parents; his mother was only 15. He was placed in an institution and put up for adoption. His parents, still unwed, visited him in the institution. The father wanted to steal the baby, but the mother refused. The father then walked two blocks away and committed suicide.

After two years Dick was adopted by a wealthy family in Massachusetts. As a young man he migrated to California and became a journalist. Along his life’s journey, he married a wealthy hippie artist. One of her ancestors was the largest cattle rancher in California and the largest landowner in the United States. Dick and his wife had two sons, but after about ten years of marriage, she left to pursue a free spirited lifestyle. He gained custody of the two boys and next married a wealthy heiress in the food industry. The heiress was a niece of Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. She eventually adopted the boys.

As a writer for Look magazine he wrote an article that claimed San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto had ties to organized crime. Alioto sued and after four trials was victorious. The case resulted in the demise of Look.

Dick then moved to Los Angeles and did a series of television stories about a car promotion fraud. The central person in the fraud was exposed as a transgender (man to woman). Dick was presented a Peabody Award for his work in this exposure. His next job was with a television station in San Diego where he helped expose Dr. Renee Richards, the famous female tennis player, as a transgender (man to woman).

Dick’s next job was a banker with the San Diego Savings and Loan that had ties with California Governor Ronald Reagan. In 1986 President Reagan appointed him to head the Voice of America. In 1992 he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be the CEO of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. In the late 1990’s Dick became the head of King World Productions which syndicated TV shows “Oprah,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Jeopardy.” In 1999 King was bought by CBS for 2.5 million dollars.

These are just some of the jobs and positions held by Dick Carlson. His second wife (the heiress) was Patricia Swanson. He is still alive today and working as a lobbyist. Oh, by the way, his eldest son is Tucker Carlson. AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I received a bachelors degree in 1967 and a masters degree in 1971 from Western Kentucky University. I taught school for 44 years. One year was spent at Fordsville High School, 17 at Ohio County High School, and 26 at Trinity High School in Whitesville. The subjects I taught were government, history, and English. At Trinity I also served as coach, athletic director, and dean of students. I fancy myself a fairly good writer, and my main interests are sports and politics

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