Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (vi)In March 1967, the editorial offices of Columbia Daily Spectator were located on the third floor of Ferris Booth Hall. With Mike Klare, who had previously shared his research on Columbia’s classified Electronics Research Lab [ERL] and Office … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (v)After smoking with Ted once, I was no longer reluctant to share a pipe of grass or a joint with the anti-war heads to whom I rapped politically about SDS within the Columbia dorms. Most of … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (iv)I met Josh in the Furnald Hall lobby and gave him a copy of the completed IDA-Columbia connection expose’. He shared the paper with a number of Columbia SDS steering committee members during a meeting which … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (iii)After completing the research paper, I wrote a folk song condemning both Columbia’s complicity with the Pentagon and U.S scientists who immorally served the U.S. war machine. The folk song, patterned somewhat after Dylan’s “Masters of … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (ii)The annual reports also revealed that Columbia University President Grayson Kirk was not only a trustee of IDA, but was also on the executive committee of IDA’s board of trustees. They described and bragged about the … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Discovering IDA, 1967

Chapter 8: Discovering IDA, 1967 (i)In early March 1967, by accident, I discovered Columbia’s institutional affiliation with the Institute for Defense Analyses [IDA]. It happened on a cold Saturday afternoon. I had gone into the stacks of Butler Library to do … Continue reading

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Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories–Into Columbia SDS, 1967

Chapter 7: Into Columbia SDS, 1967 (xiv)Prior to winning the anti-class-ranking campaign, Columbia SDS was preparing to lead a strike, if necessary, and Phil Ochs came to the campus to give a free concert, in order to help build up enthusiasm … Continue reading

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