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Fred Gardener

Fred is the man behind the O'Shaunessy. Here's his biography. A renaissance man indeed.

Fred Gardner

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Fred Gardner is a political organizer and author best known for his opposition to the Vietnam War and his writings about the medical mariijuana movement in the United States.

Fred received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1963. He has worked as an editor at Scientific American, the owner of Variety Home Video, the editor of Synapse (the UCSF Medical Center student newspaper), a private detective, a songwriter, author, and Public Information Officer for the San Francisco District Attorney's office under Terence Hallinan. He owned Variety Home Video. He has 6 sons and 1 daughter. Fred currently lives in Alameda, Ca with his wife Marcy.

In the Fall of '67 Gardner, with Donna Mickleson and Deborah Rossman, started a coffeehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, that became a hang-out for GIs, an alternative USO called the UFO (United Freedom Organization). Gardner covered the court martial of 27 GIs charged with mutiny at the Presidio of San Francisco in October, '68 and wrote a book about the case, The Unlawful Concert, published by Viking in 1970 and reissued by Gryphon Press in 2005.

In April 1970, Gardner worked as a stage manager for the Free The Army (FTA) with actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. This traveling road show for soldiers was meant to counter USO shows put on by Bob Hope. Gardner is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch and edits a journal for the California Cannabis Medical Research Group. He is a long time contributor to the Anderson Valley Advertiser.

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