“The Bohemian Grove is a secretive, all-male club whose main activity is an annual summer retreat in a rustic yet comfortablecampground amid the redwoods north of San Francisco. There, major American tycoons and power brokers amuse themselves by singing silly songs, performing skits, listening to lectures, drinking and relieving themselves on tree trunks. Among themembers are four presidents: Bush, Reagan, Ford, and Nixon. Members and their guests bunk in a hundred or so camps, whichare like clubs within the club. Kissinger belonged to Mandalay which also boasted Ford, George Shultz, Nicholas Brady,Thomas Watson, Jr., and other titans of industry. Kissinger was famous for performing in the skits. In 1988, he played Wolf ina Peter and the Wolf parody. The following year, a man appeared in the play known as the Low Jinks wearing a rubber Kissinger mask and speaking with an uncanny approximation of Kissinger’s voice. Then he peeled off the mask, revealinghimself to be, in fact, Kissinger. “I am here because I have always been convinced that the Low Jinks is the ultimateaphrodisiac,” he rumbled. That year he was also remembered for the very un-Bohemian act of cutting in line at the telephonesand for the ultra-Bohemian act of bringing the prime minister of France, Michel Rocard, as his guest.” – Walter Isaacson, from the book
Kissinger: A Biography
, p. 755
California State Police officers stand in front of the entrance of the Bohemian Grove outside Monte Rio, California as protesters protest theBohemian Club and the Bohemian Grove.
“Soon after I became secretary of state, West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was my guest in the United States, first at myhome and then at the Bohemian Grove, some sixty miles north of San Francisco. There, in a setting of magnificent redwoodsand natural amphitheaters with great acoustics for musicals, we spent a long, relaxed weekend filled with candid and far-reaching discussion. Also present were Henry Kissinger and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore.” – George P. Shultz, from the book
Turmoil and Triumph: My Years As Secretary Of State
, p. 137