Our colleague Jack Rader died on September 24 at the age of 73. Beyond our association as editors of Dissent, there is the pain of losing a close personal friend with whom I shared good times and bad. How he loved the dinners we had with our late comrade, Stanley Plastrik (without whom Dissent could not have been launched), both of them extraordinarily well informed about politics and world affairs.
Raised on the Lower East Side (before it became the “East Village”), Jack attended Seward Park High School and went on to City College in the days when the “alcoves” along the cafeteria were alive with debate among
political groups—socialists versus communists, other groups. The decibel count was high, the arguments were intense and educational. Jack, of course, was in the socialist alcove.
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