When living as a school boy on the Farm in Cornish a number of magazines and publications carried an intriguing advertisment with the question that is the title of this topic,WHAT POWER DID THIS MAN POSSESS? and also showed drawings or illustrations of several men that were reputed to possess this power and wisdom they offered. Among them were Benjamin Franklin and also, if I remember rightly, Rene Descartes, Sir Isaac Newton, and Leibnitz, and possibly others. A free booklet(manuscript) was offered to those who clipped the coupon or wrote in requesting it. I did this several times and eventually joined the group but not until after I had read many of the books and magazines that the FISKE FREE LIBRARY in Claremont had on the shelves. I soon discovered at that time there were two distinct groups under the same banner and for a while I tried to reconcile what I read in each one separately with the other one I read and was unsuccessful, of course, in many respects. As years went by I 'discovered' and learned of other groups of which I established some contact via mails and ordering books,etc. All of these groups were calling themselves in one way or another 'ROSICRUCIAN'. I took some correspondent courses with the ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP based in Oceanside,California, and entered into membership with AMORC in San Jose.California.Over the years I have never joined any active study group around of which there are some. I think the nearest one in my vicinity is in White River Junction, Vermont and held at the Masonic Hall while others are in Boston,etc. The only person I heard of that belonged to such a Rosicrucian group was my late classmate's mother but I was never able to speak with her. She was Ian Lewis' mother and probably belonged to Amorc but am not really sure. Ian became a 'member' of ABTS,the small group I formed, which included my best friend and jr.high/high school/ college classmate,Bob Webster, along with the late Lloyd Brown and a couple of others. The group did not amount to much except in the case of Bob and I who kept up our interest in books, unusual writers and writings, and various interesting subjects,etc. of which sometime I will perhaps discuss in these blogs.