Document:California Press Release 23 December 1998 Convention Speakers

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Office of the Executive Director
11956 Riverside Dr., #206
Valley Village, CA 91607-3772
For immediate release: December 23, 1998
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 506-0200
Fax: (818) 506-0212

Cypress CEO T.J. Rodgers, author John Lott among added speakers at Libertarian convention LOS ANGELES -- Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers and University of Chicago law professor John R. Lott, Jr., author of a groundbreaking gun control study, are the latest speakers added to the program of the Libertarian Party of California's upcoming convention.

The convention will be held President's Day Weekend, February 12-15, 1999, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

Rodgers, who invented and patented VMOS technology, founded Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in 1982. The company is now a $600 million international semiconductor supplier. A committed believer in individual liberty and economic freedom, Rodgers will be the featured speaker at the convention's annual Sam Adams Awards Luncheon on Monday, February 15th.

Lott, whose widely praised book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" was published this year, has single-handedly redefined the gun control debate in this country. Lott meticulously researched data from every county in the U.S. over a 15-year period and conclusively discovered that concealed-handgun license laws reduce violent crime.

Rodgers and Lott are the newest of over two dozen speakers who will be appearing at the convention. Other speakers include:

  • Ron Unz, chairman, English for the Children
  • Phil Zimmerman, creator of PGP encryption software
  • Free market economist David Friedman
  • Mary Avant of Families Against California's Three Strikes (FACTS)
  • Brenda Grantland of Forfeiture Endangers American Rights (FEAR)
  • Virginia Resner of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
  • Bill Saracino, executive director, Gun Owners of California
  • Richard Winger, publisher, Ballot Access News
  • Ned Roscoe, President of Cheaper! markets and cigarette stores
  • Mike Godwin, senior counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Michael Cloud, 1998 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada
  • Marshall Fritz, President, Separation of School and State Alliance
  • David Brin, scientist and author of "The Postman" and "Startide Rising"
  • Dan Fylstra, founder, VisiCorp, associate founding editor, BYTE magazine

In addition to the speakers, official party business will be conducted at the convention, including platform and bylaws debates and the election of state party officers.