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Then we decided that we would go national. Davis agreed that I could devote most of my time on the phone in my office on this thing. The issue came of how to form what we called the Labor Leadership Assembly for Peace, and we got Frank Rosenblum, the secretary- treasurer of the Amalgamated, to be the initiating sponsor. We got Emil Mazey, the UAW. We got Al Hartung of the Woodworkers, and Victor Reuther. I think that those were the initiating things, and I was listed as the national coordinator.

Then we decided we would form chapters, that is, to form trade union divisions in different areas. That's how I got to know Murray Finley. Someone in Chicago said, “The guy to get is Murray Finley.”

I called up Murray Finley at an Amalgamated convention and offered him the chairmanship of the trade union division of SANE in the Midwest. I said, “I'm not giving you very much, but you can do what you want with it.” [Laughs] They then organized a conference at McCormick Hall--that thing burned down, I remember--about 500 people were at a luncheon on a Saturday, trade union leaders, with some big names there. This was done in Chicago, it was done on the West Coast, it was done in New England.

Then we decided that in '68 we would have a national convention of the Labor Leadership Assembly for Peace at the University of Chicago, in the School of Continuing Education, and we began to plan for it. That's when I gave the story out to Peter Millones, who was then a labor reporter on the Times, to break the story in the Times. I don't know if I discussed it last time or we got wiped out on the film, on how he came--


That was before we got wiped out.


Okay, so you know that.

The conference itself was very, very successful, in that we must have had about 550 or 600. Offhand I can't even remember. It was very, very packed, and they came from all over the country. It was mostly officials and staff. In many cases, they had to raise their own money, because there weren't that many unions that would endorse the thing. We had workshops. It was a weekend conference. We had workshops. I remember, that's how I met Russ Allen. He was then at the University of Michigan, to come down to lead one of the workshops. A number of union and other people led workshops on different things related to the war. There was an opening thing, it opened on Friday night, people registered on Friday night. I remember on Friday night, my daughter was then a graduate student at the University of Chicago,

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