Quote of the Moment: Barry Commoner and presidential campaigns


Barry Commoner turned 90 on May 28. He is profiled in The New York Times Science section on June 19, 2007 (if your local newspaper has a science section half as good, I’d love to hear about it). Commoner is a plant physiologist and great eminence at Washington University in St. Louis for 34 years, now at Queens College. He was a key informant of public opinion during the rise of ecological awareness in the 1960s and 1970s, probably the nation’s best known “ecologist.”

Barry Commoner on cover of Time, 2-2-1970

In 1980 he helped found the Citizens’ Party, and ran for the presidency their ticket.

He explained to the Times:

The peak of the campaign happened in Albuquerque, where a local reporter said to me, “Dr. Commoner, are you a serious candidate or are you just running on the issues?”

Time Magazine cover from February 2, 1970; Time sells replicas of historic covers.

One Response to Quote of the Moment: Barry Commoner and presidential campaigns

  1. […] Barry Commoner, nonagenarian Published June 19th, 2007 cultural resources Quote of the Moment: Barry Commoner and presidential campaigns Barry Commoner turned 90 on May 28. […]

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