Red Menaces and Green Men
Walter “Wally” Ray Campbell
At First Glance: Ageless sort of rich kid who looks a decade younger than he really is thanks to a life bereft of manual labor, but full of leisurely sport and exercise. Expensive clothes. Confident walk that’s only just a swagger, so it’s only just a little annoying. A smile that ought to have been banned by the Geneva Convention. Looks like he drives a Jaguar XK120 because he does.
Height & Weight: Slim and Trim at 6’, 150 pounds.
Eyes & Hair: The color of the last quarter inch of black coffee in a white mug.
Clothing: If he’s ever been in anything less than the height of fashion, then he hasn’t been seen in it.
Habits: Smokes Philip Morris cigarettes for no other reason they’re a Virginia brand… That’s where his family’s from, where he went to school (Hampden-Sydney College). Begrudgingly smokes Camels (North Carolina brand, there) if they aren’t available. The only ‘unfashionable’ device on him is an old Lancel Automatic lighter, gold plated: It belonged to his father, and was the only thing he wanted more when the old man passed than the billion-dollar inheritance.
Like most wealthy scions, Wally has a soft spot for chasing women, especially Hollywood starlets.
Wally drinks whatever will help him keep up appearances or impress his present company, but his preference is gin, as a gimlet if at all possible and with tonic as a cozy second. He tries as hard as possible to hide his cocaine use, however.
June 5, 1915: Walter Ray Campbell is born in Norfolk Virginia, the second son of Joseph Hancock Campbell III, and the great-grandson of transportation magnate Joseph Hancock Campbell. The Campbell Company, since its inception, has specialized in shipping and railroads; Joseph Campbell I was and is considered ‘The Vanderbilt of the Southeast’. Walter, most commonly called ‘Wally’, is heir to the massive Campbell fortune and is raised, along with his three other brothers, to work in the family company.
Despite their billions, the Campbell parents were careful to raise their children with an appreciation for the hardworking men and women of the laboring class who help their company run. Although Wally does grow up with a self-centered streak as any wealthy scion would, he does have leftist and labor sympathies; he knows how his bread has been buttered, as it were.
August 1933 – June 1937: Wally attends Hampden-Sydney College as every male in his family before him has done, earning his Bachelor’s in General Economics but spending most of his time sporting and romancing the girls at the nearby State Teachers College/Longwood University. He’s bought more than six of the best and most safe abortions the money of the day could buy, and if a particular girl found herself unwilling, then she and her child found themselves set financially for the next few decades thanks to an anonymous and untraceable benefactor. Dollar amounts often cancel out questions.
July 1937 – December 1941: Wally begins his work with the Campbell Company and relocates to the west coast to aid in a partner company’s merger of several southwestern railways. Though young, Wally is able to expertly wield his company’s influence as well as prove his own as a gifted negotiator and dealmaker, and he gains a well-earned reputation as a playboy. There are some minor scandals and accusations of bedding married women as well as vulnerable starlets, but for the most part, nothing of this results in more than the standard sort of tabloid buzz. For his credit, Wally does support many actors and actresses who have, even at this early stage, run afoul of the HUAC (But to his discredit, he often calls in these ‘favors,’ to help grease the wheels of his negotiations and may have—though it is completely unproven and clearly a filthy, filthy lie—ruined Veronica Lake’s career).
During the War: Equally interested in serving his country and not dying in war to a bullet, bomb, V-2, kamikaze, bayonet, or otherwise, Wally begins working for JPAWG without a second thought after he is contacted by their agents. He serves as a broker for when the organization needs a legitimate face; although he was not above illegitimate tactics for getting what he—or JPAWG—needed. His family’s riches and business aided in these acquisitions. His relationship with JPAWG was fairly compartmentalized: For the most part, Wally could get what they needed without knowing why. Still, there are secrets Wally has been sworn to keep.
After the War: The dissolution of JPAWG did not mean the end of organization within the ranks; Wally, as a contact for most of the cells, continued brokering deals on the side. His father, who had died in 1944, left the family business to his sons, making Wally one of the wealthiest Americans alive. His brothers, who were much more business-focused than he, ran the company, with Wally stepping in to help facilitate deals and work with marketing as needed.
After supplying the eventual AEGIS with materials needed to execute Operation PIGEON SHOOT, Wally is made aware of the ‘post-JPAWG civil war’ and, not wanting to burn bridges, step on toes, or find himself on the wrong end of a Phase-Distortion pistol, Wally withdraws from working with the groups and, instead, uses info he’s gleaned from his time in JPAWG to focus on the nascent computer industry, first to see how it could benefit the Campbell Company, and then, secondly, shifting into representing the sales and marketing arms of the California Computational Devices company, where Wally is finally able to foster a healthy medium between being a high-powered salesman and indulging himself in the celebrity lifestyle.
After helping draft contracts to put computers in at General Motors and North American Aviation, Wally’s past occupation catches up with him again…