The Hero

When I googled Millard Lampell, I discovered that he had died in 1997 and was much remembered for his early song writing and protest work with Pete Seeger and a group called the Weavers. I remember them well from the days when the only link I had with what was really happening in the world of the early 1960’s was an am radio that broadcast a folk music show every Saturday morning. The Weavers, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston trio, and others formed the basis in song for what for many of us became the anti-war and Peace and Freedom movement. But I digress.

At the time I was busy listening to this music and the humor of Mort Sahl and Shelley Berman and Lenny Bruce, I had no idea the author of my favorite book was a part of it all. Possibly, this was because he was black-listed in the 50’s for his refusal to name names in the red scare era.

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