|Birthname||Marion Gordon Robertson|
|born on||22 March 1930|
|Place||Lexington, Virginia, 37n47, 79w27|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
American Protestant evangelist, author and media mogul. Robertson was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of America's One Hundred Cultural Elite. He received the Defender of Israel Award in January 1994 from the Christian's Israel Public Action Campaign in recognition of his steadfast support.
The son of a powerful conservative Democrat who served 34 years in the U.S. House and Senate, Robertson graduated from Washington and Lee Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in 1950. He took a law degree from Yale, specializing in tax law but never passed the bar. He entered the New York Theological Seminary in 1955, graduating in 1959 with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1961.
Robertson served in the US Marine Corps from 1950-52 as a lieutenant. There were charges brought against him in later years that his father pulled political strings to keep him out of Korea in the early winter of 1951. A March 1988 counter law suit was dropped at the last minute. He worked for the Senate Appropriations committee as a staff investigator 1953. A management trainee for W. R. Grace in 1954-55, he joined the local NY campaign committee for Adlai Stevenson in 1956.
Robertson became founder and president of the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1960 eventually reaching 30 million cable TV subscribers in the U.S. With the image of a hustler, he has been said to have a temper and rule CBN with an iron hand as it has grown to be a $182 million a year business. This enabled him to launch a career as a leader of the religious right. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988 emphasizing anti-abortion and strong U.S. defense. A good communicator with dedicated followers, he has had much controversy in his life. Supporting sexual abstinence before marriage, he was found to have forged his marriage date. In 1994 two pilots who flew Operation Blessing accused him of sending small amounts of aid to Zaire from his tax-exempt humanitarian organization, of which he is the sole shareholder and using the same planes to work his diamond mining business there. He has criticized people for being Hindu and publicly said that UFO enthusiasts should be stoned.
Robertson married wife Adelia Elmer on 8/27/1954. Their first son Elmer was born ten weeks later. Robertson had changed the date on the marriage certificate to read March instead of August. They had another son and two daughters. The Robertson's live on a 685 acre farm in Virginia owned by CBN that has a TV studio, a stable with Arabian horses and University buildings.
At 71, Robertson retired from the Christian Coalition to devote more attention to his 34-year-old TV show, "The 700 Club," and to the international expansion of his Christian Broadcasting Network, November 2001.
- Social : End a program of study 1959 (Masters from N.Y. Theological Seminary)
- Work : Start Business 1960 (Founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network)
- Work : Begin Major Project 1988 (Unsuccessful run for President)
- Work : Retired November 2001 (Retired from Coalition to devot time to TV show)
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- Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Since 1954)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Two boys and two girls)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Metals (Diamond mines)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
- Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Founder of Christian Broadcasting Network)