Origins of their Wealth
Bigots are sometimes assumed to be unaccomplished, financially
frustrated individuals who blame their career difficulties on minorities.
Yet National Alliance leader William Pierce is a former physics
professor, and Aryan Nations head Richard Butler once was a successful
aerospace engineer. Carl Story is similarly accomplished. Before
moving to Idaho, he established or helped start three profitable
computer firms and earned a fortune by selling his share of them.
In the mid-1970s, Story and business partner Gerald M. Starek
operated I.I. Industries, a computer chip processing company. After
selling I.I. Industries, Story, Starek and others founded the Silicon
Valley Group (SVG) in 1977. Story and Starek were convicted in 1979
for shipping computer chip manufacturing equipment to the U.S.S.R.
This equipment allegedly was used to improve Soviet missile-guidance
systems. Story pled guilty, paid a fine and was sentenced to three
In the mid-1980s, Story parted ways with SVG, taking home an enormous
profit. Today, SVG is one of the nation's leading companies producing
computer chip manufacturing equipment, a publicly traded firm with
total assets exceeding $700 million. Story's hateful beliefs have
been thoroughly disavowed by SVG's present management.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Story was a fundamentalist Christian,
not yet an Identity believer. During those years, he donated millions
of dollars to a prominent evangelist and to the nondenominational,
racially diverse Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, California,
where Bertollini was also a member. At some point thereafter, according
to publicly reported accounts from acquaintances, Story adopted
his hard-core racist and anti-Semitic beliefs. In 1994, he stopped
attending church at the Jubilee.
After severing ties with SVG, Story started Systems Chemistry,
where his longtime friend Bertollini became head of operations.
In 1990, while at that company, they established the 11th Hour Remnant.
A developer of chemical handling equipment for the computer chip
industry, Systems Chemistry was sold at a profit to SubMicron Systems
in 1995. After the sale, Story and Bertollini left Silicon Valley.