Our special Veterans Day luncheon featuring: special guest speaker Peter Collier, election of our 2019 Officers and our, always popular, Annual Holiday Bake Sale
Our guest speaker will be Peter Collier. He was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Burbank, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a B.A. in English in 1961 and a M.A. in 1963. He served as a civil rights activist in the South in 1964. Returning to California, Collier taught Freshman English at UC Berkeley from 1964 to 1969 and again as a Visiting Writer from 1977-81. He also taught at UC Santa Cruz and at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. He lectured abroad for the United States Information Service in 1980, 1987, and 1998.
As the Vietnam War came to an end, he and fellow Ramparts magazine writer David Horowitz became disillusioned when the New Left turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the communist victors in Southeast Asia. They began a slow motion political transition that led them away from the Left and ultimately made them, in their own term, "second thoughters" engaged in ongoing political combat with their former comrades. Collier and Horowitz traveled to Nicaragua in 1987 at the invitation of the State Department to encourage the "civic resistance" against the Sandinistas. That same year they organized a "Second Thoughts Convention" in Washington D.C. Their book about leaving the Left and becoming its enemies, Destructive Generation (1989), was compared to Whittaker Chambers' Witness.
He has served as a co-author with Horowitz on several books on American history and political science. Their biographies The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976) and The Kennedys: An American Drama (1984) both made the New York Times Best Seller list
He is considered “the premier biographer of American dynastic tragedy." His book Medal of Honor: Profiles of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty (2003) profiles living recipients of the Medal. He will be speaking about this book and the many men and women who fill those pages. Peter lives with his family in Nevada City, California.
We will also have some of our members share past stories about their or their families’ times in the military. If you wish to take a few minutes to tell your story, please let Judy Kinney know when you make your reservation. This will be a luncheon we will not soon forget. See you there.
Reservations may be made by e-mailing email@example.com. If unable to e-mail, please call Judy Kinney, 271-5794. Please call between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Reservation deadline is November 12, 2018.
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