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Dear George,

So this is where I plan on storing that part of Ted’s story I can uncover.

I met Ted back around 1973 in connection with the war on poverty projects pertaining to neighborhood and tenant organizing. I was connected with a group of diehards civil rights and anti-war activists from UWM, whose public name was ESHAC(Eastside Housing Action Committee) and, eventually, the Wisconsin Alliance. ESHAC began with about 20 people who had potluck dinners at the Episcopal Campus Rectory of UWM, then on to a storefront on Locust St. in Riverwest, a Polish/German/”New Class” working class neighborhood across the Milwaukee River from the “fashionable eastside.” The focus at the time was tenant, anti-war, and then community organizing. We met Ted because he was key to brokering anti-war grants and funding among various contending groups from across the city and social service spectrums.

Ted had a kind of charisma or magnetism that caught my attention and inspired me to become his friend. He helped ESHAC organizers Louis Fortis and Jeff Eagen win a VISTA volunteer slot for ESHAC, an important step in ESHAC’s eventual development into a million or two million dollar per year Community Development Corporation that played a key role in helping Riverwest move from a white working class to a rainbow working and creative working class community. I had just returned from a stint as a Fulbright Fellow in Tunisia during 1972, along with my wife Karen and daughter Rachel, the same age as Darcy. Ted and I sparked one another’s imagination and had a sweet contest of cultures, pitting my Jesuit shanty Irish working class Scoth in opposition to his New England Brahmin, shabby, leftist genteel heritage. Carol and I were more “intellectual” and “theoretical” than Ted. We had good times right from the start, including a trip to Madison to some kind of left-wing conference.

To be continued…

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