As Secretary of the U.S. Youth Council, I met with British, French and German Youth Council leaders in 1982 to plan bi-lateral exchanges.
I hosted the Los Angeles visits of delegations from the British and German Youth Councils. They were shown downtown Los Angeles during the work day when only “suits” were visible, after dark when the homeless appeared, and on a weekend afternoon when spanish speaking immigrants filled the streets.
Their media induced view of Sunset Blvd and Hollywood was reset by a drive on Sunset Blvd that started in Chinatown and ended at Pacific Coast Highway. They saw Echo Park, Silver Lake, Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre within one block of numerous porn theaters, Beverly Hills, UCLA and Santa Monica. The visual enabled meaningful discussions when we met with community and political leaders dealing with the homeless, gangs, drugs, public transit, and equality in education in low income and immigrant communities.
Our delegation to Germany in 1983 I am second from right. Translation: “WELCOMING OF TOP US YOUTH FUNCTIONARIES by KJR-Director Mayr (second from left) and BJR Chairman Sauter (right).”
Our delegation included youth leaders from the NAACP, Young Democrats and College Republicans.