Melinda
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Shirley M. Gottlieb - The Documents

      I met Shirley Gottlieb very early in my time as a Libertarian.  Shirley answered the phone when I called to ask about the LP and how to become involved.  At the time I was pregnant with my third child and had just finished listening to a radio show with Toni Nathan, the Vice Presidential Candidate for the nascent National Libertarian Party for its first ventue into electoral politics in 1972,  If you do not know the candidates nominated for this honor were Dr. John Hospers and Toni Nathen, herself a Radio Talk Show Host.  
      Over the next years I would edit the newsletter for the West Los Andeles Region, 12, coordinate signature collection for the Clark for Governor Campaign and then for the Roger McBride Ballot Drive for West Los Angeles in 1975 - 1976.  Elected Chairman of Region 62 I would put on speaker meetings and then aid and abet the Larry Kellum Campaign.  That was in 1977. 
      I called Richard Winger and he is sending me the interesting cases which Ray Henderson filed for us and the results that began to move the ball for ballot access forward for third parties in California.  
     I rapidly discovered that political action was an oxymoron if one worked through the LP's official structure.  After moving to the San Fernando Valley in December of 1977, about ten months pregnant with my fourth child, who would be born January 18, 1978, I became Chairman of the recently imploded San Fernando Valley Region, 11 a short time later, at the request of the remaining members.  I think at that time there were four activists.  
     Shirley had assisted in the implosion, I was given to understand.  I did not ask for details or even ask what had happened.   I was not living in the San Fernando Valley at the time these events took place. 
     After the close of the meeting at which these charges' were presented, Manny Klausner got me alone and asked that I not sue Shirley for libel.  
    Shirley's continued attacks on me, which went on for years, brought me to the conclusion I should have sued her.  My reason for not doing so was that I knew she and her husband, Earl, were not at all well heeled and would likely lose their home in Reseda if I did so.  
    Shirley would never listen to reason.  She told me once what she loved about having the office in her home was that she was in on everything, knew everyone, and could rub shoulders with them sitting in the bar at the conventions.  I don't know if she did so because at Conventions I was generally busy.

     

      
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