Preparedness Notes for Sunday — March 29, 2020

Today is the 101st birthday of William “Bill” Summers Anderson. The following is from his biography at the Infogalactic wiki:

“He was born March 29, 1919, in Hankow, China. On December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong was also attacked by the Japanese. As a member of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps (HKVDC), Anderson fought the Japanese but after 17 days of heavy fighting, Hong Kong surrendered.

On Christmas Day 1941, exactly four years after he had escaped from the Japanese in China, he became a Prisoner of War (POW) and lost his second home. For the first two years, he was in a prison camp in Hong Kong before being moved to Nagoya, Japan as part of a group of 400, to work in a railway locomotive factory. Here the work was very hard; inmates worked 13 days out of 14 and were beaten on occasion. Towards the end of 1944, Japan was being bombed regularly. In May 1945, a large air raid over Nagoya knocked out the factory and the POWs were sent across the country to Toyama on the west coast to work at a branch of the locomotive factory. Toyama was almost totally destroyed in a fire bomb raid on August 1, 1945, after which the POWs were confined to barracks until the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945.

He was evacuated from Japan to the Philippines and as a British citizen, sent to England after two weeks of recovery in Canada. After the war, he became chairman of NCR Corporation.”

In 1983, just before he retired, Anderson was reportedly America’s highest-paid business executive with a compensation of $13,299.000.

Todd Savage of Black Rifle Real Estate wrote me to mention that he has one of those “motivated seller” situations, in northwestern Montana:

“This property offers two sources of \water (1,200 ft of Stream frontage & Water Well), two sources of power ($100,000 new 15kw Iron Edison Solar and a Generator,  and a VERY Defensible location. Almost two miles up a county maintained (in winter) Forest Service Road, the home is located across a bridge over a deep stream and is secluded from the road. Possible Hydro-power! Grow your own food, hunt, fish and live free! 2,688 square foot Caribou Log Creek Home with 3 bedrooms  (1 non-conforming) and 2 baths. Beautiful Kitchen. Also available for rent for $10,000 a month with three month minimum. The address is: 1776 Five Mile Road, Libby, Montana. Call Todd Savage @ 1-888-556-NATO

He also mentioned that this cabin has a large custom gun safe that cost $5,000.
Today’s feature article was a bit too short for consideration in the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. Oh, by the way, if you are feeling cooped up and bored in self-isolation at home, take advantage of the extra time on your hands, and you’ll be in the running to win nearly $10,000 worth of prizes.  Remember: Round 87 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing for Round 88 and e-mail us your entry. There is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. “In 1983, just before he retired, Anderson was reportedly America’s highest-paid business executive with a compensation of $13,299.000”

    Or about $35 million in 2020 dollars.

    Today, the highest-paid executives are

    01. Elon Musk – CEO Tesla Inc.
    total compensation in 2018: $2.3 billion

    02. David M. Zaslav – CEO Discovery Inc. (DISC.A)
    total compensation in 2018: $129 million

    03. Nikesh Arora – CEO Palo Alto Networks Inc. (PANW)
    total compensation in 2018: $125 million

    04. Mark V. Hurd – Co-CEO Oracle (ORCL)
    total compensation in 2018: $108 million

    05. Safra A. Catz – Co-CEO Oracle
    total compensation in 2018: $108 million

    06. John J. Legere – CEO T-Mobile US (TMUS)
    total compensation in 2018: $67 million

    07. Robert A. Iger – CEO Walt Disney (DIS)
    total compensation in 2018: $66 million

    Anderson would be around number 20 today – see the complete list at

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