Our February article revealing the extent to which Tom Hayden's Campaign for Economic Democracy is dependent on Jane Fonda's businesses (Workout salons, movies, etc.) has created quite a stir. UPI reporter Douglas Dowie contacted CED and Workout, neither of which would deny the accuracy of the article's charges. The resulting UPI story was sent out on January 22 and appeared in numerous newspapers—including a front-page position in Hayden and Fonda's home town of Santa Monica. Los Angeles radio stations KABC and KNX (CBS) both covered the story that day, as well.
Despite the renewal of draft registration, the US Army Adjutant General's office in January requested a copy of Michael Hinz's article on alternatives to the draft (Dec.). I certainly hope they take its suggestions to heart. That same month the American Enterprise Institute informed us they'll be running a 1,000-word summary of Jan Bellamy's "Two Utilities Are Better Than One," our October 1981 cover story, in a forthcoming issue of their Regulation magazine. And two items from our February issue have been reprinted in leading newspapers: our Trends item "Message for Uncle Sam: Get Off Your Assets" in the Sacramento Bee and the Beilenson and Lynch article, "Should We Spill Blood Over Oil?" in the Charlotte Observer.
Some REASON articles continue to have impact long after their publication date. One of these is John Baden and Richard Stroup's July 1981 cover story, "Saving the Wilderness: A Radical Proposal." That article has made quite an impression in Washington, among other places at the Council of Economic Advisers and the Interior Department. While some of what we've heard is still under wraps, we can report that coauthor Rick Stroup has accepted an offer to become director of the Office of Policy Analysis at Interior. Congratulations, Rick!
Our Money columnist, Steve Beckner, raised a flurry in January by reporting White House communications director David Gergen's candid doubts about the president's fiscal and monetary policies in a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece. Among those remarking on Gergen's indiscretion were syndicated columnists Evans and Novak, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Other REASON people are continuing to make waves. Frequent contributor William D. Burt has a chapter in Family Choice and Schooling, just out from Lexington Books. Several years ago Bill was West Coast director of National Taxpayers Union and got involved in the battle over tuition tax credits—the subject of his chapter and several others in the book. William R. Allen, a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board, is the recipient of a 1980 Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. And contributor Peter Samuel is the recipient of the Australian Adam Smith Club's second annual Adam Smith Award for "outstanding service to the free society."
Devotees of economic education will be pleased to learn of several new films from World Research, Inc. (11722 Sorrento Valley Rd., San Diego, CA 92121). One, aimed at elementary and high school students, is called "Chickenomics" and seeks to convey the basics of economics in a humorous format. In a more serious vein, WRI's new "Personalities" series offers video-cassette interviews with economist Walter Williams, legal scholar Bernard Siegan, and other notables. The free-market think tank is at work on another new film, "The Poverty Trap."
Summer fellowships in economics are available from an organization we can recommend—the American Institute for Economic Research. Open to college seniors and graduate students, the eight- week program will stress monetary theory, methodology, and forecasting. The application deadline is March 31. Write Ms. Tonie Handy, A.I.E.R., Great Barrington, MA 01230.
Atlas Update: Those interested in seeing that Ayn Rand's plan to produce a TV mini-series of Atlas Shrugged gets off the ground should contact Atlas Shrugged Project, c/o Jim Blanchard, 4425 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001.