January 2, 2007
Lloyd Sherman, a long-time Libertarian activist, passed away on Christmas Day after a long struggle with cancer. He had been a frequent candidate and an officer of the Libertarian Party of Oakland County and the state party.
When: Saturday, January 6, at 11 am.
Where: First Congregational Church of Royal Oak
1314 Northwood, at Crooks Road, between 12 & 13 Mile
At Lloyd's request, there also will be a potluck party celebrating Lloyd's life. Bring food to share. BYOB.
When: Saturday, January 6, at 6 pm.
Where: Home of Lloyd & Jeannie Sherman
Hazel Park, MI 48030-2718
Their home is 2 blocks north of the old LPM HQ, which was at the corner of 9 Mile and Hazelwood, east of John R.
An article about Lloyd Shermans' public service was published in the Daily Tribune on December 27th( http://www.dailytribune.com/stories/122706/loc_20061227005.shtml )
Dr. Bette Erwin-Sprague was an active voice for liberty before many of us had even heard the word "libertarian." She passed away this past December, and a Memorial Service will be held in her honor this Saturday (January 6) at 10:00 AM.
Dr. Bette Sprague (married name). Was a candidate in 1976 & 1982 for the US Senate. She also ran for US House (District 18) in 1980 [Ref 1]. She ran for office under her maiden name: Bette Erwin.
Most recently, she was one of the collaborators on the LPM's 25th anniversary project (visit Ref 2).
The memorial Service will be in the chapel of Acacia Park Cemetary (Acacia Park Cemetery Association 31300 Southfield Road Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Contact: Acacia Park Cemetery Association Phone: 248-646-4228 ). for directions, link to: [Ref 3].
Arcacia Park is also the resting place of other people who made history: Charles Erwin Wilson (1890-1961) — Born in Minerva, Stark County, Ohio, July 18, 1890. U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1953-57. Died in Norwood, East Feliciana Parish, La., September 26, 1961. [Ref 4]
A couple days ago I was contacted by Dan Wilson of Parents for Children (PFC). PFC and the equal parenting movement were major interest groups supporting the Bill Hall candidacy, and other Libertarians.
Dan was organizing a rall which started on January 01, 2007 at 11:15 AM. The rally (amidst Governor Granholms' inauguration) was over by 12 Noon. Parents for Children were on the scene by 11:15 for picture and release of a press release since every TV station in the State was their including all the newspapers.
First of all I applaud Mr. Wilson's activism, but I kick myself in the behind (yes I really can do this) for missing out on a prime opportunity. But self-punishment isn't the real lesson here. This is a reminder that we must always be on the look out for opportunities to step in front of the cameras instead of waiting for the cameras to come to us (they don't and they won't unless we spend lots of money or do something we are embarrassed about).
Sometimes these are unforeseen opportunities for which we can't plan. The inauguration date and location was public information for months. Let's look for more well publicized opportunities.
For more about PFC please visit: http://www.parentsforchildren.net
On the world stage we lost Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman.
Our nation lost two time presidential candidate and best selling author Harry Browne.
Our Statewide two-time US Senate candidate, and LPM activist Dr. Bette Erwin (later married to be Sprague) is gone.
On Christmas day, the man who took the phrase, "all politics is local" left as well. Lloyd Sherman served in a variety of public offices. When we spoke a couple weeks ago, Lloyd told me that we need to show up at our city Council meetings and County Commission meetings. There are almost always reporters present, and there is almost always a chance for public comment.
I have though about what all this tragedy means. It seems that people live on to those who remember them and continue their battles. While the first instinct is to morn, we should continue to be inspired by these great individuals.
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