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H. Robert “Bob” Adelmann (born December 1, 1939) is an American libertarian journalist, public speaker and former businessman known for his focus on economic issues, particularly the role of the Federal Reserve System in U.S. history.
He writes for The New American magazine and his own website, Lightfromtheright.com.
Early life and education
He graduated from Cornell University with two degrees including a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance.
Adelmann and his wife Mary have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 1964. They raised their family in a Christian home environment, having been born again at a Billy Graham crusade. He and his wife currently serve as deacons and sing in the choir at the First Presbyterian Church. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Adelmann began working as a salesman in Colorado Springs in 1964, selling life insurance. After developing a clientele and achieving success in the business, he shifted into financial planning and money management.
He hosted a popular radio program, Bob Adelmann’s Money Talk, on local radio station KVOR 1300 AM in Colorado Springs for several years. He also served on the board of directors of Summit Ministries in Manitou, Colorado. After selling his investment advisory practice to his son in 1996 he started and ran a number of successful local businesses, earning a writeup in the local business journal.
Political influences and activism
Introduced to the Austrian School of economic thinking through association with the John Birch Society, Adelmann decided that much of his financial education had been biased and incomplete, and increased his commitment to conservative political ideas. He became a leader in the John Birch Society and made a number of national tours as a speaker for the American Opinion Speakers Bureau, addressing primarily economic topics such as Social Security and the Federal Reserve System.
In the late 1960s Adelmann started and led the Concerned Citizens to Retain Firearms, a Second Amendment group founded to fight against a proposed Colorado Springs ordinance restricting concealed carry of firearms. Adelmann's efforts attracted attention from the local newspaper at the time.
In 2009, Adelmann's focus shifted from direct activism and speaking to writing when he began his journalistic work.
Speaking and writing
Although writing did not become a primary focus of Adelmann's professional career until 2009, he wrote a number of pieces beginning in 1967 for professional associations, and he began doing some political writing in 1986. He began writing political and economic articles on a serious basis in 2009 after being asked to do so by the editor of The New American magazine. By the end of 2012, he had published more than 800 articles published there on economic and political events. Other articles have appeared at LewRockwell.com and the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.