Frank Wills was the odd man out during the Watergate affair.
As the security guard who alerted police after finding tape on the stairway doors of the Watergate complex, he helped set in motion the political scandal that rocked the nation. He quit his job to earn a living as a folkhero, charging the media for interviews, plotting to jointhe lucrative lecture circuit. Nothing worked, and at every anniversary of the break-in, a reporter would interview Wills and tell the story of the sad life of the overlooked rent-a-cop, bitter because everyone but him seemed to cash in on their Watergate notoriety.
"I can look back and laugh now," says Wills, 30, who lives quietly with his mother in North Augusta, S.C. Since leaving Washington last July, Wills has worked the late-night shift as a $3.50-an-hour security guard at the Medical College of Georgia, "just walking the halls, checking the doors."
Wills says he's had a vision, a mystical experience helped by three years of serious meditation on a star of David. That vision, he implies, is of a new world which the old order will not be able to comprehend. He would like to visit the Egyptian pyramids, "because my own belief is thatnot too far in the future what took place there before will also return there." He won't elaborate.
"I feel much more cool than I ever felt," says Wills. "If I ever return to Washington, well, when I come back, it'll be sort of like an earthquake."