When I joined Hal at the Untours Foundation a number of years ago, I read my way through the filing cabinets as part of my personal orientation program. One of the surprises was the following letter from a friend and fan of Hal’s.
I am writing to let you know that you now rank in my ‘Top Ten Most Influential People of My Life’ list. Along with the notoriety of this dubious distinction comes a substantial cash grant (enclosed), which can be used for anything you see fit. This recognition is non-transferable. So you’re stuck with it.
Others on the list are: 1.) My mother, 2.) father, 3.) wife, 4.) stepdaughter, 5) daughter, 6.) Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, 7.) Harvey Finkle 8.) Malcolm X, and 9.) Daniel Ellsberg (Richard M. Nixon was bumped to make room for you).”
Click the image below to read the entire letter as it was originally written.