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Earl Butz

Earl ButzAKA Earl Lauer Butz

Born: 3-Jul-1909
Birthplace: Albion, IN
Died: 2-Feb-2008
Location of death: West Lafayette, IN
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, IN

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ford's disgraced Secretary of Agriculture

Resigned as Secretary of Agriculture after telling this joke to John Dean and Pat Boone: "I'll tell you what the coloreds want. It's three things: first, a tight pussy; second, loose shoes; and third, a warm place to shit."

Newspapers reported that he had said a racist remark, but few were actually willing to report the remark itself. The San Diego Evening Tribune offered to mail interested parties the uncensored text of the remark, a service requested by several thousand.

While cleaning out his office, Butz lamented to a Time magazine reporter: "You know, I don't know how many times I told that joke, and everywhere -- political groups, church groups -- nobody took offense, and nobody should. I like humor. I'm human."

Father: Harman Lee Butz (farmer)
Mother: Ada Tillie Lower
Brother: Verlo R. Butz
Brother: Dale E. Butz
Sister: Ruth E. Buffenbarger
Sister: Marie M. Howard
Wife: Mary Emma Powell (m. 22-Dec-1937, d. 1995, two sons)
Son: William Powell Butz
Son: Thomas Earl Butz

    High School: Wawaka High School, Wawaka, IN (1927)
    University: BS Agriculture, Purdue University (1932)
    University: PhD Agricultural Economics, Purdue University (1937)
    Professor: Agriculture, Purdue University (1937-67)
    Administrator: Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University (1957-67)

    US Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76)
    US Agriculture Department Asst. Secy. for Marketing and Foreign Agriculture, USDA (1954-57)
    Member of the Board of Ralston Purina (as Chairman, -1971)
    Brookings Institution
    4-H Club
    Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
    Tax Evasion $74,057 in back taxes, pled guilty (22-May-1981)

    King Corn (13-Apr-2007) · Himself

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