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August 2018                                                               August 2018                                                   PGA C.A.N.!, Page 3

      From The Editor:

      First Amendment Rights…

         We read and hear a lot                         Marsha and her husband, screenwriter Robert Presnell Jr.,   World War II which included Japanese American citizens
      in the media about the right                      were disturbed by the actions of the House Un-American   questioning their loyalty to Japan rather than the United
      to free speech and the First                      Activities Committee in 1947 investigating disloyalty and   States.
      Amendment in our Bill of                          subversive activities suspected of having communist ties.      George Santayana, the philosopher and novelist, wrote,
      Rights. The actual language                       On October 26 of that year, Marsha took part in “Hollywood   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to
      of the amendment is as                            Fights Back,” a star filled ABC radio program protesting   repeat it.” There have been three generations since the
      follows:                                          government actions. She flew the next day to Washington,   Hollywood Blacklist. We see many individuals in our
         Congress shall make                            D.C. with a group of about 30 actors, writers, filmmakers   society including college students, Hollywood actors and
      no law respecting an                              and directors.                                     directors labeling political opponents as racists, fascists,
      establishment of religion, or                        Three days after her return to Hollywood, Marsha’s life   Marxists and/or socialists. Let’s hope all Americans are
      prohibiting the free exercise                     changed. She was asked to denounce her activities if she   quickly reminded of the past and alter their public discourse
      thereof; or abridging the                         wanted to work and she refused. In 1950, she was named   so they are not condemned to repeat it.
      freedom of speech, or of the                      as a potential communist or communist sympathizer along      Until next month…
      press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and   with 151 others in the film industry in the anti-communist    James A. Cioffi, Esq., Editor
      to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  publication, “Red Channels.” She was on the infamous             
         I recently heard a radio program in which Marsha Hunt,   “Hollywood Blacklist” and work became scarce for Marsha
      an actress who turned 100 last October, was interviewed.   and her husband in movies or television. The blacklist
      I was not familiar with her name but many of you would   actually began with “The Hollywood Ten” who refused to
      remember her if you saw her photo. At age 17, Marsha   answer questions by the House Committee on Un-American   Attention:
      signed a 7 year contract with Paramount Pictures. She   Activities and were held in contempt of Congress.
      was discovered by Zeppo Marx and starred opposite John      The Committee for The First Amendment was generally
      Wayne in the western film, “Born to the West.” After her   composed of non-communist New Deal liberal Democrats   PGA Residents Of
      contract with Paramount was terminated, Marsha signed   but they were hurt when it was discovered that Sterling   Mellowing Years
      with MGM Pictures and appeared in 21 films including   Hayden, one of the members, was a Communist Party
      “Pride and Prejudice” and was cast with actors such as   member. Some of the members who were boycotted by
      Lionel Barrymore, Red Skelton and Franchot Tone. She was   movie studios like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Paul      A single  phone number may  help you to  live
      close to being cast in “Gone With The Wind” but Olivia de   Robeson left the United States or went underground to   confidently and gracefully in your own home.
      Havilland (who coincidentally is still alive at age 102) was   find work. In 1948 Humphrey Bogart wrote an article in a      Now there is a volunteer senior ambassador within
      given the role of Melanie Hamilton.               magazine entitled, “I’m No Communist.” He claimed he and   PGA community who is well-schooled in resources
         Marsha’s membership in the Committee for the First   other members of the Committee for the First Amendment   available to help with problems of elders. The Alpert
      Amendment caught my interest during the radio program.   were duped and did not realize that some of the members   family and Children’s Services has been helping
      The Committee was formed by actress Myrna Loy and   were communists.                                  seniors do just that for many years.
      directors, John Huston and William Wyler. Members      Dangerous assumptions were made about some        • You have questions? We may have answers.
      included Lucille Ball, Dorothy Dandridge, Bette Davis,   Americans at that time following World War II and the      •  You don’t know where to go? We can guide you.
      Henry Fonda, Judy Garland, Kathrine Hepburn, Lena Horne,   spread of communism in Asia and Europe. We all remember      •  You  don’t  know  what  you  need? We’re  well-
      Gene Kelly, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Jane Wyatt.   the internment of the Japanese in our country during
                                                                                                                versed in that problem.
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                                                                                                                Prevent Vehicle Burglaries

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                                                                                                                •  Never  leave  items
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                                                                                                                • At a minimum, if you must leave items, place them
                                                                                                             in your trunk.
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