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Blumer didn't go to that meeting, but she says Simpson followed up on his invitation with a haughty phone call.
"He just acted as if I didn't have my priorities straight," she says. "I attended his next meeting, and I thought, 'Well here's a young man who may make a difference, and I will stick with him through thick and thin.'"
To show her support, Blumer says, she has given Simpson money. Blumer says the donations came out of her campaign funds and were in excess of $50, but she cannot remember exactly how much.
Blumer is one of a number of people who are giving Simpson money, which is evidently his only source of income. But Simpson will not say how much money he has received or provide a list of his contributors. He also refuses to release a copy of the NTLC's board members.
Simpson says he is in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status, thereby officially making the NTLC a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that's square with the Internal Revenue Service. But he won't answer specific questions about the process, saying that an office helper is tackling that project and he doesn't know what stage it's at.
The only thing Simpson will say is that he isn't making much money being the NTLC's executive director. In fact, he says he's broke.
"I've actually spent my life's savings developing the concept and have foregone any reasonable expectation of [earning] a livable salary," he says.
Still, Simpson has managed to purchase a 1997 Ford Explorer. It is unclear whether he rents or owns his home at 4630 Travis Street #410, an attractive condominium complex that's protected by an electronic gate and located just outside the southeastern edge of Highland Park.
Although Simpson romanticizes about the Citizens Council--and his breakfast meetings sure sound like a pauper's version of the Dallas Breakfast Club--Simpson pauses when asked if his goal is to have the NTLC--and therefore himself--become today's version of yesterday's power.
"I'll have to get back to you on that," he says.
Simpson never answered the question.
If Simpson really hopes to become a modern-day John Stemmons, he is neglecting one tiny detail. Big D's beloved fathers had power because they had money.
Bill Simpson, as far as anyone knows, has never even had a real job to speak of.
There are several pictures of William Raymond Simpson in the 1981 Temple High School yearbook. There's Simpson dressed up with a goofy headband in New Wave vogue. There are club photos, in which Simpson's face is barely distinguishable amid the tiered rows of kids who were members of the Future Farmers of America and Industrial Arts clubs.
But the most telling picture is in the back of the book, in a section containing snapshots from the year's graduation ceremony.
A smiling Simpson is captured leaning back on one foot as if the photographer snapped the picture just before Simpson jumped into the air and shouted "woooo hooo." Simpson is clutching his tassel in one hand and a wad of bills in the other. The cutline reads: "William Simpson appears overjoyed from the money he received from relatives for graduation."
Receiving money from relatives--and others--is something that Simpson is apparently still good at. Otherwise, it's hard to discern how he's been supporting himself since he left college.
If you ask Simpson about his educational credentials, he'll tell you that he graduated from Baylor University in Waco. That is true, according to Baylor officials. In the fall of 1983, Simpson enrolled at the Southern Baptist university, and he graduated four years later with a bachelor's degree in business administration. His major was finance.
But Simpson won't say that he spent several semesters taking basic courses at Temple Junior College before he went to Baylor. That's why it took Simpson a little bit longer after high school to obtain his four-year degree than he'll admit.
After Baylor, Simpson says, he considered moving to New York and working on Wall Street, but he decided the city was too big to "call home." Instead, Simpson says he moved to Dallas and began a career in finance and real estate.
Simpson won't reveal the names of his previous employers, but an old copy of Simpson's resume obtained by the Dallas Observer certainly looks impressive.
Under civic activities, Simpson stated that he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Vice Chairman of the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, among other volunteer activities.
The employment section gets better.
Simpson stated that from August 1988 through October 1990, he was an assistant vice president at Southmark Corporation--the massive real estate company that is now in the final stages of bankruptcy.
While at Southmark, Simpson claimed, he in part "closed over $150 million in new mortgage financing," "managed department financial analyst staff," "managed department computer hardware and software systems," and "formed a wholly-owned Mortgage Banking subsidiary."
After Southmark, Simpson claimed, he worked in the commercial lending division at Globe Mortgage Company for 10 months. Then, in August 1991, he became the president of SolTec Corporation, where he made employment decisions, developed a regional advertising program, developed a national vendor network, and even negotiated the lease.