Kevin Strom also says that Mathews' speech was made available contemporaneously through the National Alliance Bulletin, and that about a hundred members of the National Alliance were present when the speech was made.
The National Alliance Bulletin of December 1984, the same month that Mathews died, specifically referred to Mathews' former membership in the National Alliance as well as his 1983 speech. In the January-February 1985 issue of National Vanguard appeared an essay titled, "What It Will Take," wherewith Dr. Pierce praised Mathews without reservation.
Harold Covington's claim that Dr. Pierce tried to deny that he ever knew Robert Mathews is pure comedy. There is not an iota of truth in it.
* Covington seems to use the claim that Dr. Pierce received such a large sum of money in order to explain away the fact that Dr. Pierce was much more successful. Since Covington in the late 1970s also received a windfall in the form of a $90,000 inheritance, which he somehow managed to squander in a few years so that by 1987 Gary Gallo could describe him as "destitute," it behooves Covington, for the sake of his self-esteem, to claim that Dr. Pierce's windfall was much more than what he got.