How many is an oodle? I thought the issue was that of blue-collar work,
based on the notion that the proletariat would be our savior.
There have been some negative outcomes. For example, the first wife
of one of my sons was a truly talented sculptor. I still have a couple
of her pieces. She became a heavy-industry worker, is no longer that,
but her gift as an artist went to waste. This is not new. Bob Minor, a
Texan one-time house painter, became the country's most famous political
cartoonist some eighty years ago with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He
then moved to the Daily Worker, and did works of tremendous force. But
when he became part of the top political leadership of the Communist
Party, he abandoned his crayons entirely.
I have no particular idea to present, other than the thought that in
the long view of human history, the number of artists who populate the
greatest museums, or writers whose plays are performed 2,000 years after
they were written, or whose musical work is perpetuated in recordings,
or whose dancing may be seen in films of the past century is vastly
greater than the number of political figures, even of heroic stature,
who are worth remembering.
> There were oodles of I.S.'ers and, I believe, some YSAers on the
> Berkeley left scene in the late 1960s who went into union
> rank-and-file organizing. Some with the Teamsters, some with AFSCME,
> some as librarians or teachers, etc.
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