January 4, 2006
THE PERFECT SYMBOL OF OPPOSITION TO ANTI-SUBVERSIVE SPYING:
Wilkinson, Defiant Figure of Red Scare, Dies at 91 (RICK LYMAN, 1/04/05, NY Times)
Frank Wilkinson, a Los Angeles housing official who lost his job in the Red Scare of the early 1950's and later became one of the last two people jailed for refusing to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee whether he was a Communist, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Mr. Wilkinson, whose experiences inspired a half-century campaign against government spying, had been ill for several months and was recovering from surgery and a fall, said Donna Wilkinson, his wife of 40 years. "It was just the complications of old age, " Mrs. Wilkinson said. [...]
Mr. Wilkinson consistently refused to testify about his political beliefs. He had, in fact, joined the Communist Party in 1942, according to "First Amendment Felon," a 2005 biography by Robert Sherrill. He left the party in 1975.
Because, after all, no one knew what Communism was really like until '75.... Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2006 11:14 AM