Comment: I first started reading it in approx 1979

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I first started reading it in approx 1979

I had to work and live down there and the Register still was a dime while other papers were a quarter on the rack.

They had more circulation than the LA Times and far outsold the Times in advertising.

Bob LeFevre ( )still was Editor and only a few of us used the "l" word; I was one. I was a bit different in that I worked campaigns...but the rest of the way I fit in, just didn't go to their various schools and seminars.

Every few months or so LeFevre used to write a column about The Millard Fillmore Society. a group dedicated to ending the custom of people asking 'who's calling please?' by invariably answering 'Millard Fillmore here'.

LeFevre was one of the major influences for libertarians, young and old. I don't recall if Ron Paul was in any of the schools, as a student, but I think he was there, more than once, probably at some of the seminars. I know Ron Paul read LeFevre; we all read LeFevre.

To see why, look it up, I know Mises has a collection.

The "l" philosophy was there in the largest daily in Orange County; every day it was there.

They'd gone to court to be allowed to have coin-operated racks in L.A.-before that, they'd been unable to get permits like their competition.

They used to have their own style book. Only a few papers have a style book all their own, most used either AP or UPI, something like that.

The Register style book required, among other things, that Register writers never use the phrase "public school" unless it was in a quote.

Their phrase(s) to replace "public schools" were things like "taxpayer supported schools" and if I remember correctly "taxpayer supported and government run schools".

I knew LeFevre in passing and I got to know one of his successors, the late Alan Bock pretty good.

Bock once had done me a favor for a local campaign I was running; I'd asked him for some time with my client and he was impressed that someone actually read his stuff. He taught me that writers almost never hear that, and I've always remembered that.

The Editor of one of the nation's largest and most influential papers actually was impressed when a stranger called and thanked him for his latest editorial.

For my client, I scored a friendly Sunday lead editorial by Bock out of that and remained friendly with him from afar, speaking now and then.

He wrote what I consider the best book on Ruby Ridge...and when I first read he was working on it I was in the area running another campaign and called him up to thank him for writing about it.

He was kind enough to find me at whatever hotel I was in on the next campaign and shipped me the book fresh off the press, a hard copy before it was out to the public.

It's a gripping book; nothing else I've seen about Ruby Ridge was as hard hitting as that one.

Those 2 were examples of the principles of the old days under Hoiles except Alan didn't actually mind people who believed in working in the electoral system -- LeFevre didn't either, LeFevre just didn't agree.

Bock agreed that electoral work was viable; after all, he had dealings with me :)

I think Fredom still owns the Marysville Appeal Democrat and a bunch of other papers including the largest daily in Colorado Springs.

There were family fights, lawsuits and the thing ended up in bankruptcy...

The Register always had an agenda. A good one. :)