Tuesday, December 12, 2006

About Loud Citizen

Paul Klenk, self portrait
Loud Citizen is published by me, Paul Klenk, a writer and occasional citizen reporter living in Astoria, Queens, NYC. I am an Executive Assistant by profession, a singer and pianist by education, and I have many interests and obsessions, including unit origami, anagrams and Scrabble, Web publishing, political activism, film and film criticism, and most of all, the good news of Jesus Christ.

The name “Loud Citizen” was not coined by me. Kevin Conner of Florida published a Web site, LoudCitizen.com, during the election recount of 2000, to protest Al Gore’s failed attempt to steal the election. In January 2001, I rallied with Kevin on the steps of the Supreme Court, in support of Bush at his first inauguaration.

He started local on-line chapters by using Yahoo’s eGroups, and I moderated the New York Yahoo group (newyork-gwb) for six years. Now that Kevin’s organization and the Web site no longer exist, and the name is no longer in use, I have adopted the name Loud Citizen.

I credit Kevin as the man responsible for getting me into activism. He was a model of calm, intelligent, persistent work, and knew how to use organization skills and relationships to get things done. Thanks, Kevin.


Anonymous said...

I was one of Kevin's main contacts in CA. I miss him and the group very much. We sure could have used his ability to rally the troops during the govt shutdown.