Libfest 1998

1998 Liberty Awards Banquet

Held at the Top of the Pontchartrain Hotel, Detroit Michigan. On November 7, 1998.


  • Ben Bachrach
  • Bob Black

Hornberger’s Hat In The Ring at Awards Banquet

Bachrach, Black Honored Jacob Hornberger, President of the Future of Freedom Foundation and a challenger for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination was the featured speaker at the third annual Defender of Liberty A ward Banquet at the top of the Ponchartrain Hotel on November 7.

Honored at the event with the “Libby” award were Ben Bachrach and Bob Black who received the coveted Statue of Liberty for their achievements in the LPM. Bachrach, an LPM member since 1979, was cited for his behind-the-scenes work. Creator of the LPM database, long time membership chair, former Treasurer and Secretary, Ben has been the voice of reality and common sense in party matters. Black has been the organizer and spark plug of the Upper Peninsula LP and an effective spokesman there in the frozen north.

Hornberger, a critic of the national LP strategy of focusing on membership growth confirmed that he will challenge Harry Browne for the 2000 top spot, calling the 1996 campaign boring. His speech called for an emphasis on the moral argument for freedom rather than the usual cause-and effect arguments, saying that great social movements have been primarily moral in nature.

The audience of 150 raised over $3,100, adding to the $2,000 profit for the event. The view from the Top of the Ponch was lovely, and all had a great time.

Libby Awards More Like a Homecoming

The Libby Awards Banquet at the Top of the Ponch on November 7 was, among other things, sort of a homecoming, at least for a couple of former LPM State Chairs. Brian Wright, who served the LPM in that job in the 1980’s was back from Houston. Emily Salvette, Chair in 1995-97, has returned from a year in Germany. They were joined at a table with Keith Edwards, Chair in 1990- 91, 1992-95 and Tim O’Brien the incumbent, who succeeded Emily. Also present was James Hudler who nearly monopolized the job in the 1970’s. Other notables present were Richard Ebeling, professor of Economics at Hillsdale College and David Littman, Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. Ebeling is also Vice President of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation, of which the guest speaker, Jacob Hornberger is President.

The event was organized by LPM First Lady Nancy O’Brien and went perfectly, as any event will when Nancy is in charge. Barbara Goushaw and Tim O’Brien did the honors.

[Source November-December 1998 Michigan Libertarian]

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