swa_180“How do you become such a great speaker?”  That was the question asked of W. Cleon Skousen after one of his elegant presentations. He responded “Fill yourself with knowledge and talk from the overflow.”

Allen took these words to heart. He became enthralled with the life of Thomas Jefferson on a trip to Philadelphia in 1976, and began to study his life. Which then led to studies about some of Tom’s compatriots. He began to be asked to share his information with civic organizations, churches, and senior citizens. He became a popular speaker at Brigham Young University Campus Education Week, where he spoke about America’s Founding Fathers to overflow crowds for more than 15 years. Steve had received his B.A. degree from BYU in 1970.

Many of those who attended Steve’s classes began to remark that they had never heard some of the stories he shared about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They suggested  that Steve should write a book. And that’s how his book “Founding Fathers—Uncommon Heroes” came about. Quotes and sayings from these Founding Fathers became Steve’s book:  “Give Me Liberty!”

Allen’s book distributor learned about Steve’s religious and law based presentation regarding the trial of Jesus Christ from a lawyer’s standpoint, and insisted that he put his research in that area into another book. That’s how the book “The Illegal Trial of Christ” came about.

Allen married Linda Tanner in 1968. They have five children and 12 grandchildren. They live in Mesa, Arizona.

After some contemplation, Allen decided that he should really write a book about what he did for a living. He was an estate planning attorney, and hence the new book “You Can’t Take It With You–So How Will You Leave It Behind?” was produced. It’s a plain English guide to wills and trusts, full of stories and personal experiences.  The writing of this book made sense, inasmuch as he graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1973, and passed the bar exam that same year. He provided estate planning for more than 5,000 clients for over 37 years. It’s interesting that the president of ASU actually became one of Allen’s estate planning clients!

In the meantime, Allen created, produced, and sponsored the single largest George Washington Birthday Celebration in the State of Arizona. It was attended by not only George and Martha Washington (celebrity impersonators), but also by Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and several other notables. It was a truly wonderful, patriotic celebration with activities, speeches, and music for those who attended, and was held each year for 4 years.

In 2004, Allen was unjustly accused of conspiracy to defraud the government. Instead of spending years of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars defending himself, Steve and his attorney decided it was the better part of valor to accept the offered plea agreement and try to put everything behind him. He was sentenced to prison for 46 months, instead of the probation he was led to expect.

Steve was later vindicated when the civil courts (a trial court and two courts of appeal) found that Steve was not guilty of ANY of the charges leveled against him in the criminal court.

Because of this dreadful experience, Allen now has new insights on the status of the American Judicial system and its Bureau of Prisons. There may now be a new book coming!