Friday, December 22, 2006
Personal Asides: Thanks and Congratulations to the Roosevelt U All-Star Faculty More Photos from the AlbumAndrew Young.
Roosevelt U. All Stars!
The weekly Roosevelt University class Influencing the System is completed and I want to thank (a) all those who attended and those who sponsored some who attended Frank Nofsinger and Tom Reedy, Jr. come to mind and the all-star faculty that delivered a first-rate education on public policy formation. The faculty honor role:
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock); Alderman Bernie Stone [50th]; Dan Miller, business editor for the Chicago Sun-Times; U. S. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL); U. S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson (D-IL); Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke; Dan Proft, Republican strategist; State Senator John Cullerton (D-Chicago); State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale); Ron Gidwitz, former chairman of Helene Curtis and a Republican candidate for governor in the March primary; Becky Carroll, spokesperson for the Governors Office of Management and Budget.
Philip Rock, former president of the Illinois State Senate (D); William Bauer, Judge of the 7th District U. S. Court of Appeals, former U. S. district judge; former U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and former DuPage county states attorney. Peter Fitzgerald, former U. S. Senator from Illinois; Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook county; Dick Devine, States Attorney of Cook county; John Kass, columnist for the Chicago Tribune; Jack Roeser, CEO of Otto Manufacturing, Carpentersville and chairman, Family Taxpayers of Illinois.
Rich Miller, editor, Capitol Fax and www.capitolfaxblog.com; Phil Rogers, reporter, WMAQ-TV Channel 5-NBC; Roseanna Pulido, president, Illinois Minutemen; Frank Avila, Jr. lawyer and former Democratic candidate for Metropolitan Water Commissioner; Greg Baise, president-Illinois Manufacturers Association, former patronage chief for Governor Jim Thompson and 1984 Illinois campaign manager for Ronald Reagan; Mike Noonan, Roosevelt Group lobbyist and former campaign manager for Todd Stroger and Lisa Madigan; Clifford Kelley, radio talk show host on WVON and former alderman.
My deepest thanks to those who made this possible: Herbert Franks, Woodstock; State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), father and son and my dear friends; Dr. Paul Green, political science and boss extraordinaire, the very cooperative people at Roosevelt; to Mark McGuire who tirelessly served as my personal assistant.
This photo was taken some fifteen years ago in Chicago when former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young came here for a fund-raiser preparatory to his running for governor of Georgia. Andy Young had been especially close to The Quaker Oats Company; at the suggestion of my boss, Bob Thurston, we made a documentary film of his first run for public office in 1972 when he became the first black man to be elected to the U. S. House from the deep south in one hundred years. The film was entitled (at Bob Thurstons suggestion) From King to Congress and traced the steps of this then young African American from civil rights days to his election.
At each step of the way, I remained close to him notwithstanding that we disagreed and still do...on some issuesbut the basic decency, wit and profundity of Andy Young made him a pleasure to work with. He was a key factor for my getting the berth as a Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, by writing a letter in my behalf that baffled Dr. Janet Kearns Goodwin, then the gatekeeper at the Kennedy School. She was convinced Teddy Kennedy would veto me but after he and I spent an hour laughing at old Dirksen stories, I was in with the imprimatur from the Kennedy patriarch himself and Ms. Goodwin flounced away in a huff.
As ambassador to the United Nations, Andy Young flew to Cambridge, Massachusetts to appear as a guest lecturer at my class at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard. I dont remember Dr. Goodwin being there although Richard Neustadt was; but she couldnt resist auditing the course when Vito Marzullo spoke. When Andy came, we had to move the class to the main auditorium at Harvard to accommodate the overflow of people, including the Black Students Society of Harvard and Radcliffe as well as the president of Harvard.
To those liberals who wondered what Andy, Quaker or I have in common, he opened up the Harvard lecture by saying: Beats me! It all started when I went to the supermarket near my house to buy a package of Quaker Oats and Roeser calls me! Everything good happened to me after that! I must say that Andy has been a statesman of the civil rights movement and has never stooped to demagogic extremes or, for that matter, resorted to rhyming iambic pentameter heroic couplets during his speeches which has been very refreshing.