Norman Lear, 1922-2023
Norman Lear, the legendary screenwriter and producer, died yesterday aged 101. Lear made his name with shows which were either remakes of British originals or spin-offs from those remakes.
Last night, 800 people attended American Experiment’s 27th Annual Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. It was a great event, highlighted by Senator Tom Cotton’s hard-hitting defense of conservative policies and values. In a Washington, D.C. that sometimes seems to be turning into the Twilight Zone, Tom Cotton is a voice of sanity.
The big, enthusiastic crowd made for a festive occasion:
I led off the program by talking about the Center’s accomplishments over the last 12 months. My Power Point included the Center’s new video, which has been viewed more than 130,000 times since it debuted four weeks ago:
I also played one of the radio ads we are running now, on traffic congestion in the Twin Cities:
And I showed this picture of the billboard we have at the intersection of Highways 494 and 35W. The crowd loved it:
The title of my talk was “Impact 2017.” It was devoted to all the ways in which the Center’s work impacts Minnesota’s civic culture. A typical slide:
I concluded with this slide, which shows the various ways in which American Experiment communicates conservative, free market messages to Minnesotans. We estimate that in the last 12 months, we have had more than 19 million contacts with people in Minnesota, an average of more than 3 1/2 for every man, woman and child in the state. We use either hard numbers or very conservative estimates, so that number is undoubtedly low:
If our fundraising permits, we will reach vastly more people in the next 12 months.
Minnesota is turning red, and Center of the American Experiment is leading the conservative movement in the state. If you want to help our effort, you can go here to contribute.
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