IN MEMORIAM: HERB LONDON
I have just heard that Herb London died late last year, aged 79.
He was an historian by training, came from a Jewish family and was a tireless campaigner for conservative causes for 50 years or more. I myself was reading his articles for over 40 years. The last one I reproduced was on October 09, 2015. I am genuinely sad that I never got to shake his hand.
I have put online some time ago a 1980 article from him titled My life with "the kids". It tells of his encounters with student radicals in the '60s and '70s. It is eerily reminiscent of the student Left today so is rather encouraging. Society survived the '60s and '70s reasonably well so presumably the present ructions will do no unsurvivable harm.
I was amused by this little episode that Herb related:
"Two days later a contingent of revolutionary action students visited my office, again demanding that my files be opened for inspection. I smiled, clenched my fist, asked them whence they derived the authority to make this "request," and invited them to leave. They refused. A spokesman, obviously trying to muster all the courage he had, said, "Suppose we take matters into our own hands." I softly responded, "You're welcome to try." There were no takers"
Why did the students cave in so readily? To understand, you need to know that Herb was 6'5" and an athlete in his youth -- JR.
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