Join Greg and Dean in this episode, originally recorded on July 6th, 2008, as we interview Tom Accuosti author of the Masonic blog the Masonic Tao. Tom takes us back to a Golden Age when blogging about Freemasonry was new, or at least new-ish.
This was a fun conversation and a nice glimpse of Freemasonry from “back in the day.” Tom was always good for a laugh, a jab at the orthodoxy and his fresh insight of Connecticut Freemasonry.
You can hear our newness in the podcast. It’s refreshing.
An early adopter of the Freemasons online world, today Tom spends most of his online masonic time as the moderator for the r/freemasonry subreddit.
We hit all the Masonic highlights:
- Jack Chick Comics
- What brought Tom into Freemasonry
- His expectations about joining
- When and where the deeper meaning go masonry gets discussed
- And lots more.
We even get into the shrinking ranks of the fraternity and the loss of history at the local lodge level.
More importantly, in the conversation we dig deep into the early days of Freemasonry on the web, many of the message boards we haunted—many of which have long since gone under. Re-listening to the conversation reminded me just how different Freemasonry was in the pre-social world. It makes me think how online masonry is done today “isn’t how we used to do it.”
Tim Bryce and Fred Milliken join in on the conversation, too. Tom has a great wit—I was surprised how many times I caught myself laughing during the conversation. I’m glad I was able to restore and clean this episode up to republish it.
I hope you enjoy it.
And, pardon the ringing phone.
More from Tom Accuosti: The Secret Lesson of Hiram and the Ruffians