Dana Cook is a native of Burlington, Vt. and a graduate of the University of Vermont. A Vietnam War resister, he moved to Toronto, Canada in 1970, where he still resides… and has probably met a number of LA Freepers over the years who landed there then for much the same reason.

He is both a journalist and an editor, and has been mining autobiographies and memoirs for 25 years. His Collections of Encounters with the Famous have been published in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals including The Hemingway Review, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Counterpunch, The Satirist and The W.H. Auden Society Newsletter. He was also an obituary columnist for Salon.com from 2004 to 2009 where among his subjects were Marlon Brando, Johnny Carson, Lady Bird Johnson, Norman Mailer, and Walter Cronkite. Our list of personalities is a bit different…

 With us, now, we will be publishing his collections of recollections of those who met the personalities in the LA Free Press. You’ll find those in our ‘Remembrance’ section… Please don’t hesitate to add your own remembrance of the people that he features.

Gene Youngblood
From his start with us in 1967 he became – and is – an internationally-respected theorist of media and politics, and a scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas, he is a pioneer in the Media Democracy Movement. His best-known book, Expanded Cinema, was the first to consider video as an art form and has been credited with legitimatizing the fields of computer art and media arts.

Philip Drucker is a recently retired attorney who began his professional life when he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Fine Art. As an adult learner, he attended night classes and earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1999 from the University of La Verne. Then, in 2012, his growing interest in education led him to the classroom where he continues to teach Constitutional Law at the California Desert Trial Academy. Always interested in the inner working of politics, in 2014 he ran for California State Senator, 28th District. Currently, Philip is an author, guest lecturer, topical speaker and (an entertaining) Ranter.

He is honored to present his understanding of freedom, social justice, and the democratic party’s unique philosophy and historic role in this ongoing social experiment we call America. Likewise, we are honored to have him appear regularly in the LA Free Press via his Column, TODAY’S RANT.   Go there to read his latest Rants, and Click on this Link  To Get Your Phil of All His Other Rants

(And, too, we have him on camera, Ranting away on our LA FP Video Channel!  Here’s that:

RW Klarin is the new old guy.
He’s ‘our’ age, a Boomer, and a reader of the LA FP from way back when. He only began writing for us in 2017… that’s about 50 years later than the original Staff… but he actually remembers those times! In fact, his perspective is from those times.

It was RW (Ran, to his friends…which now includes you) who brought to us the concept for our newest section – ‘Remembrances’. An interesting word – “Something serving to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or event” – it perfectly describes Ran’s posts.
Just as interesting is how he comes about gathering them for all of us – AND why. For more on that, Click on the link below…

RW Mission Statement

Earl Ofari Hutchinson,  Liza Williams, and Paul Schrader.

Guest Writers

Carolyn L. Baker, M.Ed. grew up in a segregated suburb in Southern California but came of age in the counterculture of the1960s. Quite naturally, she went on to work in community-based nonprofit organizations for the next 30 years, including serving in Skid Row.  Still later, as a white woman in the midst of a world of racial trauma, she learned of the murder of Emmett Till. 

Her book An Unintentional Accomplice: A Personal Perspective on White Responsibility follows Baker’s painful awakening to the realities of her own complicity in racism.  It is a personal narrative that invites readers to explore the complexities of race in America, suggests ways to navigate the guilt that can arise in the face of these realities, and offers relevant ways to build a more humane society.

An Unintentional Accomplice: A Personal Perspective on White Responsibility is published by 2Leaf Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Ebook and paperback editions @ https://bit.ly/2At1tee

There is more info about Carolyn, including her upcoming radio interviews @  www.anunintentionalaccomplice.com]

Passed Luminaries
Charles Bukowski
Harlan Ellison
John Wilcock
Lawrence Lipton
He appeared in The Hypnotic Eye (1960) as “King of the Beatniks”.
His book, The Holy Barbarians (1959), linked Lipton to the Beats.[1] This book is the story of the “beat generation”. It is a far-reaching, inclusive, discerning, and compelling piece of social history which does much to illuminate the milieu of the new bohemians.
Other novels include Brother, The Laugh Is Bitter and In Secret Battle, as well as a poetry book, Rainbow at Midnight.
Paul Jacobs
“August 24, 1918 – January 3, 1978) was a pioneering activist, journalist, and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine. In 1966, he signed a tax resistance vow to protest the Vietnam War.”
Shortly thereafter, when he began contributing articles to us at the LA Free Press, Paul was a staff consultant for the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions and was also associated with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California at Berkeley.
He is the author of “Is Curly Jewish?”, “The State of the Unions,” and with Saul Landau, “The New Radicals.” The 1980 political documentary Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang details his investigation into the government cover-up of the health hazards related to nuclear weapons testing in 1950s Nevada.

Paul Krassner
Paul has been a good friend of ours since the early ’60’s – not only did we write about his exploits – i.e. as a co-founder of the YIPPIES!, a standup and a standout –  but he wrote for us, too.

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