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Robert Lee McKenzie's Living Room, Panama City, Florida. Where, according to legend, the idea for Bob Jones College was born.
Robert Lee McKenzie’s Living Room, Panama City, Florida. Where, according to legend, the idea for Bob Jones College was born.

So that’s a lot of history and it’s taken me awhile to comb through it. A review is in order.

They were reaping what they had sown.

And even though in January, 1933, Jones insisted they would never leave Panama City because that was their beloved home, that promise wouldn’t be kept. Robert Lee McKenzie was Panama City’s mayor and BJC’s biggest booster and a long-time board member.

Mr. McKenzie installed two porch swing on either side of this house so that his daughters, Ellen and Anne, wouldn't fight over them. They did anyway.
Mr. McKenzie installed two porch swing on either side of his house so that his daughters, Ellen and Anne, wouldn’t fight over them. They did anyway.

Many alumni would remember McKenzie as piano faculty Anne McKenzie Morton’s dad. A few old-timers might remember his other daughter Ellen McKenzie Tutte teaching Home Economics.

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Anne and Ellen McKenzie

Robert Lee McKenzie was to Bob Jones Sr. what Bob Wood is to Bob Jones III. And Senior was pretty worried about their exodus out of Florida. He was worried he would anger McKenzie. Here’s a glimpse at that guilt:

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Why does all this matter? Why have I taken weeks to comb through minuscule details in the account from eighty years ago?

To reveal the pattern.

Bob Jones University is again in a crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from their own words. They are re-writing history right before our eyes. And if we aren’t vigilant, they may just get away with it like they did in 1933.

Stay tuned. . . .

Now what?
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