Robbins says the cast of the initiation ritual is right out of Harry Potter meets Dracula: "There is a devil, a Don Quixote and a Pope who has one foot sheathed in a white monogrammed slipper resting on a stone skull. And once an initiate is inside, the Bonesmen shriek at him.
Finally, the Bonesman is shoved to his knees in front of Don Quixote as the shrieking crowd falls silent.
As opposite as George Bush and John Kerry may seem to be, they do share a common secret - one they've shared for decades, and one they will not share with the electorate.
The secret: details of their membership in Skull and Bones, the elite Yale University society whose members include some of the most powerful men of the 20th century.
The Eastern Establishment is in decline.' And you could not find two more quintessential Eastern establishment, privileged guys," says Rosenbaum.
"I remember when I was a nerdy scholarship student in the reserve book room at, at the Yale Library, and John Kerry, who at that point styled himself 'John F.
"But probably twice that number hung up on me, harassed me, or threatened me."Secret or not, Skull and Bones is as essential to Yale as the Whiffenpoofs, the tables down at a pub called Mory's, and the Yale mascot - that ever-slobbering bulldog.Bush seemed to successfully ignore it for quite a long time. Bush, like his father and grandfather before him, has refused to talk openly about Skull and Bones.But as a Bonesman, he was required to reveal his innermost secrets to his fellow Bones initiates."They're supposed to recount their entire sexual histories in sort of a dim, a dimly-lit cozy room.One can't help but make certain comparisons with the mafia, for example.Secret society, bonding, stakes may be a little higher in one than the other.