Robert Meeropol

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Out on a Limb, Take three

October 21, 2013

Tags: politics, Earlham, Rosenberg Fund for Children

"Out on a Limb" started as a weekly column I wrote in my college newspaper, "The Earlham Post," in the mid-1960ís. I got a kick out of crafting weekly essays, especially since the views I presented often scandalized my readership. I think the paperís editor would have fired me if the controversies I provoked hadnít increased student interest. After one column, Earlhamís President called me into his office and suggested that I transfer. I did.

In 2009, I revived the decades-old title for my Executive Directorís blog on the Rosenberg Fund for Children website. I changed it to "Out on a Limb Together," adding the word ďtogetherĒ because although my views remained well to the left of the mainstream, I was more in tune with the RFC community I was addressing than my college readership. Frankly, I wasnít at all sure Iíd like blogging, but after posting more than 200 essays I didnít want to stop.

So this is take three. I handed the Executive Director job to my daughter Jenn a few weeks ago, and Iím anxious to start writing commentary once again. This time, Iíll call it "Still Out on a Limb." I plan to blog about human rights, civil liberties, discrimination and economic justice. But Iíve also become increasingly concerned about how we interact with our natural world. I became fascinated with the weather when I was eight years old, and now am studying climate change and resource depletion. I am deeply worried about how these issues will impact my grandchildrenís quality of life and want to engage in what may be the most important political struggle of the coming decades.

Please join me in my third venture. I welcome your comments.

Selected Works

"Bravery is rare. Tyranny is commonplace. Both define the life of Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In his heart-wrenching, honest memoir, Meeropol recounts the emotional terrors of his childhood, the kindness of Abel and Anne Meeropol-who adopted him and his older brother after their parents' execution-his struggle to vindicate his parents, and his own political activism, culminating in the creation of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which he now directs."
ĖPublisher's Weekly
"one of those rare books everyone should read"
ĖJoyce Carol Oates

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