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MURDERED Congressman LEO J. RYAN - 2 SIGNED Copies - Killed at JONESTOWN MASSACRE: "Understanding California Government & Politics" 1966
Fearon Publishers; Palo Alto 1966 - THIS LISTING CONSISTS of TWO Association-Copy First Edition Hardcover Books SIGNED by Congressman (then California State Assemblyman) LEO J. RYAN (1925-1978) who was killed as part of the mass organized suicide by the cult members of the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones in Guyana in 1978, one of the largest mass suicides in history with 909 dead. The event was generated by the personal investigation of abuse allegations by California Congressman Leo J. Ryan who led a delegation of concerned relatives to visit the settlement. Ryan, along with four others, were murdered on Jones’ orders at the nearby airport as they attempted to leave.Ten others were wounded in the attack, including Ryan’s Congressional aid, Jackie Speier who was shot five times. They were left for dead at the airstrip and waited 22 hours for help to arrive. Jackie Speier now occupies Ryan’s former seat in Congress, taking office in 2008, representing the 11th District, tin the San Francisco Bay Area. This book is the only book written by Leo J. Ryan. His other published writings consist of Congressional reports & editing a compilation of “Readings in Contemporary American Problems.” Both books being offered are in NEAR FINE Condition, showing only slight signs of wear. Aside from Congressman Ryan’s inscriptions, they are clean, tight, bright. Books are illustrated with black & white photographs, maps, charts. 152 pp. w/ Appendixes, Index. No DJs, as issued, I believe. 1) UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT and POLITICS by Leo J. Ryan. 1966. Fear Publishers, Palo Alto, CA. INSCRIBED on front pastedown: “For Senator Al Alquist- who really doesn’t want to read about it here!- Leo J. Ryan - 1966.” SENATOR AL ALQUIST (1908- 2006) represented Santa Clara County in the California State Legislature for 34 years, Alquist was elected to the California State Assembly in 1962, along with Leo Ryan, and four years later, the State Senate, where he served for 30 years chairing the powerful Senate Finance Committee for 15 years. He was best known for his co-authorship of the landmark 1974 law, known as the Warren-Alquist Act, which created the California Energy Commission and became a national model. A pragmatic New Deal Democrat, he earned a reputation for helping the poor and representing the interests of labor. Alquist died of pneumonia in Sacramento, California at 97 years old. A state office building in downtown San Jose, which he had advocated to get built, is named for him. His wife, Elaine Alquist, served in both the State Assembly and State Senate after his death, representing much of the same district her husband did. She held his same senate seat for two terms, from 2004 to 2012. COPY 2) INSCRIBED on front pastedown: “For Larry Smookler M.D.— Do you think the RVN gov’t could benefit from political advice half as good as your medical advice?— Best wishes,— Leo J. Ryan.” Aside from inscription, book is clean, tight, bright. DR. LAWRENCE A. SMOOKLER (1919-2003) was a pioneer in aviation medicine. In 1972 he opened the SFO Medical Clinic, the first of its kind, to serve as a full-service clinic providing urgent care to San Francisco International Airport workers, as well as passengers. In 2009, the City of San Francisco renamed the clinic, in an new airport location, the Dr. Lawrence A. Smookler Medical Clinic, in recognition of his foresight and years of service to the airport. In 1966, the year of publication of the book, Dr. Smookler volunteered for two months with the Volunteer Physicians for Viet Nam to provide medical care for the civilian population. He returned for four more tours of duty until the end of the war in 1975. The inscription, refers to Dr. Smookler’s experience in Vietnam. In 1983 Ryan was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress, as the only member of Congress killed while in the line of duty. In 1984, the National Archives and Records Center in San Bruno, California was named the Leo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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