The Executive Committee made policy, and Goines' book contains more than one error and omission. Michael Lerner's flair for public relations applied in the FSM as later. He asked me if I would debate Clark Kerr. I responded by asking Lerner what made him think Kerr would agree to debate me? Bill Mandel Michael Rossman wrote: > Bill Mandel writes: "Wasn't Lerner a member of the Steering Committee? He was > certainly a member of the Executive Committee." > > Lerner wasn't on the Steering Committee. I don't recall him as having been on > the Executive Committee either -- though if I did, vaguely, this would be no > more conclusive, since I have found that my memory at this distance has > conflated two things close together as often as it's neglected one. As I > noted, the only reference in Goines's voluminous account (or any other history > of the FSM, so far as I know) puts Lerner on campus in late spring of the > following year. I remember him from that period, particularly in connection > with the VDC. As I recall very dimly, a few years later when he was based in > the Northwest there was some question about his being represented or taken > there as having been a major leader of the FSM.
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