Memorial (Roger Hawkins video)
October 31, 2014, 3 pm
All Souls Unitarian Church
1157 Lexington Avenue (E 80th Street)
New York City
7/31/2014, North Country Public Radio, Me and Margot, Brian Mann,
"When the work was done and our stories filed, Margot thought out loud-in an email to me from New York City-about her own political awakening.
'When I was 18, I was in the free speech movement at Berkeley, and we won,' she wrote. 'And it made me a totally glass half full person, forever, although I have been sorely tried in the last 25 years.'
That sensibility informed her reporting, I think, and her absolutely brilliant style of storytelling-optimistic, curious, but also skeptical."
Obit by Michael Kershner
"At Berkeley, she became a political science major and an active member of the Free Speech Movement. In her 1997 memoir, Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, Adler chronicles how her time at Berkeley shaped her life as an activist. 'Here politics was seen as a life-and-death struggle,' she wrote, 'and argument was ecstasy. Caring intensely was not only good, but would surely change the world for the better.' Adler went on to receive a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University in 1982."
Little mention has been made of Margot's political life; as a UC Berkeley Freshmen, she became a proud participant in the Free Speech Movement in 1964 and remained true to her democratic and progressive political values throughout her life, while maintaining her integrity as a journalist. She was eagerly looking forward to participating in the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary Reunion this fall. We will miss her presence in our world.
This is a terrible loss. Margot was a great person, writer, journalist, and a compassionate activist. Our NY FSM-A meeting last year at her apt. was a joy.
Back in 2002 when friends and colleagues here at NYU saw the notice for the party for the FSM book Reggie and I edited at which she was a featured speaker some thought they didn't know her work. I told them that whether they knew it or not they'd heard her brilliant reports on NPR many times. So I told them when she started speaking to close their eyes for a moment and listen to that familiar and eloquent radio voice. Sure enough, they all knew Margot's voice, and it was as if they were re-connecting with an old friend.
In my decade in Georgia the radio waves were dominated by depressing and ignorant right wing talk radio -- sjo NPR was a lifeline of insightful, progressive radio, and Margot helped make it so.
I will miss her.
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