can sing!" CD at the Daisy in Los Angeles California--lucky because I had brought my old Canon L-1 video camera along. I hope you're pleased with the results! Rosy was 90--yes 90!--when this was recorded and his voice was remarkably strong for that age. I hope it pleases you and do watch Part 2 after viewing this.
- the Burt Wilson Co.I write books and do video production, present
- Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, Needham, Harper & Steers Advertising, American International Pictures
Wilson has had a long and varied career in public service, beginning with the formation of the Watts Revitalization Corp in 1966 after the Watts riots. Wilson's non-funded, all-volunteer organization worked with Watts Community members to improve conditions in the riot-torn area. At the time, Wilson was a member of the board of 11 different black organizations. His work attracted national attention and was praised by then Senator Robert F. Kennedy as an outstanding example of volunteer community involvement.
In 1969, Wilson also was on the Steering Committee of the West Coast Vietnam Moratorium Day rallies which focused public attention on the illegal and futile war in South Vietnam. This was the beginning of his alternate role as a peace activist. He introduced the Roerich Banner of Peace into the anti-war movement and in his work in Watts and has been an ardent supporter of Roerich's work (Pax Cultura--or Peace Through Culture) ever since.
In 1970, Wilson was asked by the Taos Indian Pueblo to help in their struggle to gain title to their sacred Blue Lake religious lands and prevent a government take-over of this sacred sanctuary. For his successful efforts, Wilson was awarded a ceremonial blanket and made a brother of the pueblo.
1973 found Wilson working in Coachella with Cesar Chavez during the grape strike. Working out of the UFW Union Hall in Coachella's grapefruit-growing area, Wilson helped organize farmworkers and did publicity and PR for the Union.
In the mid-70's Wilson became the co-coordinator of CAUSE (Campaign Against Utility Service Exploitation) a coalition of 29 different Los Angeles consumer and activist organizations which was successful in fighting an advance payments plan by ARCO and the Southern California Gas Company. They secured a $1-billion victory and forced the gas company to make restitution to its users. Following this victory, CAUSE forced the phone company to stall information rate raises for over a year and exposed the phone company's giving out of unlisted numbers to unapproved agencies.
Running for the California State Assembly in 1977, Wilson lost an open race. He was later elected to the Democratic County Committee and also to the Southern Vice Presidency of the California Democratic Council. In the early 80's he plays a major role in the defeat of the Peripheral Canal proposition which would have diverted Northern California water south by building a 50-mile cement ditch from Stockton to Sacramento.
In 1984, Wilson was among 108 community activists in a successful ACLU suit against the Public Disorder and Intelligence (?) Division of the Los Angeles Police Department for illegal surveillance. The suit was settled by the LAPD for $1.3 million. He has always been amused that his work for consumer justice was considered by the police to be a threat to the community.
Wilson has appeared as a Guest Artist in a number of Dixieland Jubilees over the past 30 years. A trombonist, he is mentioned in "Jazz West" for leading the first Dixieland Band ever to play at the first Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Sacramento. He is also the author of "Sacramento Jazz 1948-1966"--a personal memoir of that period--and "Shakey & Me," a memoir of the hilarious escapades he shared with the pizza parlor founder.
Most recently, Wilson has written and published the books "The Crucifixion cover-up," an expose of the crucifixion process and "The Leader," a translation of a unique work by Mme. Helena Roerich and "Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century," a guide to understanding the spiritual path.
Previously a Los Angeles broadcaster, Wilson had a public service program there: "What you can do for your country," on KLAC and then-KMET for years and was awarded a Columbia University "Maj. Armstrong" Awarded for the best FM public Service program. He also conducted a twice-weekly talk show on KPFK and hosted a weekly TV program on PBS, Ch 63. At various times he has been a columnist and contributor to the Los Angeles Free Press, The LA Vanguard and has had Op-Ed pieces published in the LA Times and throughout the country."
- School of Lifepresent
- University of Southern California