In Memoriam

There were several deaths yesterday. One you know, one you care nothing about. But I do.
Longtime Conservative Activist Phyllis Schlafly Dead At 92

Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92, according to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded.
Schlafly had been activist since the early Cold War era, but gained national prominence by leading traditional-religious women in the movement against the Equal Rights Amendment. President Reagan praised her campaign against ERA as “brilliant” and called Schalfly “an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free.”



Ann Coulter on Phyllis Schlafly, ‘The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority’

Schlafly has written or co-written more than 20 books, on military policy, education, legal and social issues. Her first book, “A Choice, Not an Echo,” is credited with winning Barry Goldwater the Republican nomination for president and inspiring the conservative movement that eventually led to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Her military work was a major factor in Reagan’s’ decision to proceed with High Frontier technology.

There was another death yesterday that nobody really cares about…except me.
Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91

HE WAS A HAPPY PART OF MY CHILDHOOD, ALONG WITH ROY ROGERS, MARSHAL DILLON, JOSH RANDALL THE BOUNTY HUNTER, AND LUCAS McCAIN, THE RIFLEMAN. THERE ARE NONE LEFT. ALL THAT’S LEFT ARE MEMORIES.
Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the long-running series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” died Monday. He was 91.
The actor died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.
ABC Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” in which the exceedingly handsome, muscular O’Brian starred as the title character, ran for 221 episodes from 1955-61. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.
The actor had appeared in many feature Westerns by the time ABC cast him in its series as Wyatt Earp, a lawman who was one of the legends of the Old West.
Later he appeared in features including the 1963 comedy “Come Fly With Me”; in 1965, he starred in the feature “Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians” along with Shirley Eaton and Fabian and had an uncredited role in Otto Preminger’s World War II drama “In Harm’s Way,” starring John Wayne, Patricia Neal and Kirk Douglas.
In 1972-73 he starred with Doug McClure, Anthony Franciosa and Burgess Meredith in the NBC series “Search.”
O’Brian had a small role in John Wayne’s last film, Don Siegel’s “The Shootist” (1976), as the last character ever killed by Wayne on screen — O’Brian, a good friend of Wayne’s, considered a great honor.

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  1. In the early 1970s, unaware that “Choice Not an Echo” was hers, I only knew of Schlafly as some lunatic who thought if we passed the ERA we would be forced to have unisex bathrooms, just like we had to start sharing water fountains with blacks, or something…

    I was so naive. Obviously, we didn’t need the ERA to have sex-confused bathrooms!

    RIP, Schlafly.

    And, “There was another death yesterday that nobody really cares about…except me.”

    Yeah, you’d like to be that special, wouldn’t you, Pete! But, there are others of us out here who remember. Me & Milady being two.

    Not only were good guys good and bad guys bad in those days, but writers knew how to spin a good story, week after week.

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  2. I first heard about Phyllis Schlafly through her enemies, when the ERA ratification battle was raging. You can imagine the lovely things the pro-ERA gang had to say about her (calling her a female impersonator, etc.) Years later, I heard a radio broadcast of Phyllis speaking and answering questions at the National Press Club in Washington DC. I was blown away by how smart, sharp, witty, well-informed, and funny she was. I developed a fascination with her and started reading her books and her monthly newsletters, as well as “The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority,” a 1981 biography of Phyllis by Carol Felsenthal. A few years later I got to meet Phyllis when she was at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for a debate with Sarah Weddington (the lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court). Phyllis even autographed my copy of her book “The Power of the Positive Woman.” 🙂

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