As a candidate for the LSB I come as an acknowledged fortunate son – religious upbringing, zeroed in on college and grad school as a life path. Then, through a series of choices, my perspective on living was infinitely broadened, from being kicked out of a religious college for secretive trips to Chicago jazz clubs, a life in the Synanon community, lawyer for Cal/OSHA, trekking with the sherpas in Nepal, early retirement to a seven year sabbatical in Ecuador, adding a second language at age 50 and marriage to a great Ecuadoran lady, Miriam.
My early criminal law practice led to a long-time association with Synanon ( as in Lew Yablonsky’s The Tunnel Back). Years of playing the Synanon game with addicts and other “squares” brought me rare insights into what made me and my fellow game players tick. I moved in and lived the communal lifestyle until radical changes loomed that were sure to lead to compromise of Synanon’s mission and its ultimate demise.
I left my private practice and dedicated my law degree to advocating for the health and safety of working people as a staff counsel for Cal/OSHA. This actually led to far more trial work than you typically find in private practice. I was privileged to learn the ins and outs of virtually every way there is to earn a living in California. Becoming bi-lingual was a secret weapon as I understand a worker’s testimony before it was translated. I was also able to challenge mis-translations.
A regular listener since ’97 I depend on the morning news and analysis shows. Occasionally I have sent in tips to programmers. KPFK has great music shows, something for everybody. I’ve volunteered and donated since 2005. I currently mind the front desk every Friday afternoon and have answered hundreds of listener complaints, inquiries and film club requests. Listeners confirm how I feel about KPFK. Some just call in to show how nutty they are. Because of this service I was disqualified from running as a listener.