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Robert Field

Robert Edwin Field, Editor and Publisher

Freshman and sophomore years at Oberlin College, Ohio and later a graduate of University of California – Berkeley, BA ‘59 with a major in economics.  He declined a two year fellowship to Cambridge University, choosing a business and possible later political career.

Between sophomore and junior years and for a year after graduating from college, he worked for his brother Martin Field who was commencing a successful career in building residential developments.

Early positions included selling heavy construction equipment for Challenge-Cook Bros. on the West Coast and commercial real estate sales for Richard Herman and Company in Philadeophia and later Phillip Zinman Real Estate in Southern New Jersey.

As Vice President of the Stewall Corporation, one of the predecessors to Manor Care (no relation to The Manor Companies that came first), Field was in charge of the design and construction of nursing homes.

Builder and long time operator of apartment complexes and hotels (http://themanorgroup.com).

His initial apartment development, Manor House, was with his brother as mentor and investor and opened in 1966.   Upon its opening, it was a pioneer in the Lancaster suburbs in accepting African Americans as residents.

Partners with son Richard  in the development of housing in Eastern Europe.

Executive producer for award winning motion pictures “Liquid Sky” (1983), “Diamond Men” (2001), the documentary “Stalin’s Wife” (2005), and “Perestroika” (2009).

Finance chair of Arlen Specter’s successful 1980 statewide senatorial campaign.

By happenstance, while touring the Vatican, Field prevented further damage to the Pieta as pictured on the front page of The New York Times.

Co-founder with Melvin R. Allen of Project Forward Leap, for over twenty years providing five weeks of educational overnight summer camp plus year-round academic support for about 300 inner city kids each year.

Co-founder with Kevin B. Zeese of Common Sense for Drug Policy. See interview.

Founder of Lancaster, Harrisburg and York Harm Reduction Projects. (Syringe exchanges)

Successfully lobbied against computer voting in Lancaster County, PA

Co-sponsor (2002 – 2005) of a state and federally approved experimental Lancaster Prototype Methadone Program that permitted local prescription fulfillment and medical care for stable patients outside of a Methadone clinic.

Prime mover of the successful deregulation of the sale of syringes in Pennsylvania.

Originator and sponsor of a CARE program providing over two-hundred and fifty small (approximately 300 books each) community libraries throughout Afghanistan and Guatemala.

Director of the American House Foundation that  provides milk and bread to supplement the daily diets of about five thousand Hungarian children from impoverished households.

Publisher of The Budapest Beacon and its sister websites in Hungary.

Project Manager for the tragically aborted renovation and expansion of the Lancaster Public Library.

Founder of RealReporting.org  /  NewsLanc.com

Recipient of the Crystal Stair award from the Sociology Department of the University of Pennsylvania.

Although having lived in Lancaster for over 40 years, Field only turned his political activism to local issues as he became aware of the misrepresentations and crony capitalism taking place pertaining to the Convention Center Project. (See mission statement) and now systemic.

Field can be reached via email by clicking this link.

Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980.

He works on peace, economic justice, criminal law reform and reviving American democracy.

As Executive Director of the Campaign for Fresh Air & Clean Politics he directs its key projects including Voters for Peace (www.VotersForPeace.US), Prosperity Agenda (www.ProsperityAgenda.US), Come Home America (www.ComeHomeAmerica.US) and True Vote (www.TrueVote.US). He also serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy (www.csdp.org).

He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including for state legislative offices in Maryland, governor of California and U.S. president, where he served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and was the only person ever nominated by the Green Party, Libertarian Party and Populist Party.

Bill Keisling

Bill Keisling is author of more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction. His essays, investigative writings, and short stories have appeared in diverse magazines and journals including The North American Review, Rolling Stone, and The Progressive magazines. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his novel The Meltdown. The introduction to his first nonfiction book, Three Mile Island: Turning Point, was written by R. Buckminster Fuller.

Keisling grew up in close proximity to the Pennsylvania governor’s office, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. He has published several books on corruption in Pennsylvania government and the attorney general’s office, including The Sins of Our Fathers, We All Fall Down, and The Midnight Ride of Jonathan Luna.

He is also the writer and editor of Yardbird.com.

Slava Tsukerman

Slava Tsukerman was born in Moscow, Soviet Union.

Best known as the director/writer/producer of a cult classic Liquid Sky, Slava Tsukerman has directed internationally 43 films of different genres. He has received 13 awards from many international film festivals.

Tsukerman made his debut at the age of 21, as the director/writer/producer of I Believe in Spring. This first independently made fiction short in the Soviet Union history, won First Prize in the Moscow Amateur Film Festival, was awarded in the Film Festival in Montreal and was successfully released nationally.

Tsukerman’s films Great Bells, The Heat in Cold Numbers, Professor Alexandrov’s Discovery, Vaudeville On Vaudeville won the highest awards in the Soviet film industry. His documentary Once Upon a Time There Were Russians in Jerusalem, produced by Israeli Television, was a first prize winner at the Tenth Hollywood Festival of World Television.

More recently Tsukerman wrote and director the critically acclaimed documentary “Stalin’s Wife” and the motion picture “Perestroika” which received highly favorable reviews on the West Coast and elsewhere but was later slammed by a young reviewer for the New York Times.

Richard Miller

Columnist Richard H. Miller is a self-employed business person, life-long Western Pennsylvanian and has been a self styled “political junkie” for 45 years.

He was elected chair of Mercer County Democratic Committee in 1970 at age 28 and has followed Governors’ administrations closely ever since. Miller says he struggles to direct his columns to moderate Republicans and ultra-liberal Democrats. “Both groups need to get more in the mainstream of their respective Parties or convince more of their fellow party members to think like they do.

A former Mayor of Greenville in Mercer County and president or chair of a dozen other governmental and community organizations, he “preaches that everyone owes public service in exchange for the benefits they enjoy living where they do.

DAN COHEN

Dan Cohen is a writer and filmmaker who spent many years in the Lancaster community before moving to Los Angeles.

He is the writer/director of three features, including the award winning “Diamond Men.” Mr. Cohen’s most recent project, a biography of Tibor “Ted” Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor to have become the recipient of the Congressional “Medal of Honor,” will be published by Berkley Books in the spring of 2015. He is currently working on two screenplays.

His biography of American war hero Tybor “Teddy” Rubin entitled “Singe Handed” to be released in May, 2015.

Although Mr. Cohen spends most of his time on the west coast he frequently visits Lancaster where he maintains close ties with long time friends.

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