Re: Wait: I got it! The *ultimate* President!

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 18:13:09 CDT

> On Wednesday 27 October 2004 01:40 pm, Jim March wrote:
> > Neal Stephenson!!!
> >
> > OK, so he's a writer. But he's a GOD among the "geek set",
> > he's a best-selling author and he knows crypto/security issues
> > from both a practical and political basis. Hell, he's a
> > former professional programmer and still codes for a hobby.
> >
> > Oh GOD yes.
> >
> > Jim
>
> Mm, no. Advisory board.
>
> As a celebrity President, we need a mass-market celebrity. Maybe
> we could get by with someone like Pierre Omidyar, a business
> billionaire celebrity. ....
>
Pierre? Let me think about it... forget it .. for now anyway ("they don't
do public policy").

> But look at the press Bono generates for
> poverty programs, or Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie for
> AIDS, or what Princess Di did for land mine clearance.
>
Yes, Portman or Jolie. What millionaire would not want to go to their OVC
fundraiser and shower them with money?

On the other hand, I imagine that the bids on their time are quite many and
large.

Again, it's fine to throw out suggestions, but there's a lot of work
following up on any of them. A few years ago, I worked on getting celebrity
endorsements for a letter I wrote:
http://www.go2zero.com/adechert/solarletter.html

I got nowhere despite quite a few hours of trying. I did get quite a few
credible people, but zero marquee names. The only real celebrity I got an
actual response from was Robert Redford (he actually read my letter and
agreed with it but had a policy of not signing on to such things that he was
not involved in at the outset). I did manage to get the name and phone
number of his assistant. If someone knows a way to get a list of celebs'
assistants, I want it. Obviously, news media people and agencies have such
lists -- probably they guard them carefully.

Alan D.
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