I have read in many places that Bugnini (the author of the novus ordo) was a freemason. Anyone know if this is true or merely an internet hoax?
How the liturgy fell apart: the enigma of Archbishop Bugnini
It is also very significant that the Vatican has never given any reason for the dismissal of Archbishop Bugnini, despite the sensation it caused, and it has never denied the allegations of Masonic affiliation. If no such affiliation had been involved in Mgr Bugnini's dismissal, it would have been outrageous on the part of the Vatican to allow the charge to be made in public without saying so much as a word to exonerate the Archbishop.
I was able to establish contact with the priest who had arranged for the "Bugnini dossier" to be placed into the hands of Pope Paul Vl, and I urged him to make the evidence public. He replied: "I regret that I am unable to comply with your request. The secret which must surround the denunciation (in consequence of which Mgr Bugnini had to go!) is top secret and such it has to remain. For many reasons. The single fact that the above mentioned Monsignore was immediately dismissed from his post is sufficient. This means that the arguments were more than convincing."
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 2 No 5 (June 1989), p. 17
Fr. Violette's Letter to the Faithful
“In 1972 Father Annibale Bugnini proposed to change the Rosary. “Paul VI responded to this ridiculous proposal… ‘The faithful would conclude that the Pope has changed the Rosary, and the psychological effect would be disastrous… Any change in it cannot but lessen the confidence of the simple and the poor.” Not happy with this answer Bugnini tried again in 1973. This time Paul VI admonished him saying: “The Rosary is to remain single in form and unchanged from what it is now. Let any new forms of Marian devotion take their place alongside the Rosary.” 
 The Remnant October 31 2002 pages 1 & 14.