The Oct. 22 issue included a Notebook report on a seminar focusing on Adlai Stevenson ’22. One of his influences was on local politics in New York City. Many young people were so inspired by his principled, intellectual, and practical approach to politics that they began a series of “reform” political clubs such as the Lexington Democratic Club on the East Side, the Village Independent Democrats in Greenwich Village, and many on the West Side. The goal was to throw out the Tammany Hall politicians and change the local Democratic party to nominate candidates of merit and promise. Eventually it succeeded in electing many party and public officeholders, including Mayor Ed Koch. It was a privilege to work for these goals and to see the results of hard work and commitment to principle.
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