When I found out that Jane Fonda (or as my dad would say, "that communist witch") was at University of Pennsylvania yesterday for a book signing, I had to check it out. Especially since I was on campus to begin with, helping an old college chum with some anthropology field work. (seriously!)
No matter how you feel aboout Miss Jane, she's totally iconic and bound to conjure up a strong image. For me, it's of course 9to5, for some it's her workout videos, for many it's the memory of her on the cannon in North Vietman. Some even remember Jane Fonda as a two-time Oscar champ.
I arrived at the UPenn bookstore and quickly notice that Miss Jane had drawn quite a crowd. She was giving a talk which would have been fine had I not heard the exact same pitch on NPR earlier that morning. But I could listen twice. She really is interesting, and I am not saying that just because I'm liberal. Remember she's still the star of my favorite move ever.
The best part was the Q. & A. session afterwards. Naturally I had my hand up quickly. I swear to God it happened just like this:
Jane Fonda: Yes, young man in the green!I hate to paraphrase, but she went on to say that the Vietman peace movement really didn't get into high gear until after Watergate. Miss Jane told me that--more than the staggering death toll--it was the Nixon scandals that really gave the peace movement real traction.
Me: Hi Jane and weclome to Philly. You looke fantastic.
Jane Fonda: You look fantastic, too!
(now at this point I totally forget the clever thing I was gonna say....)
Me, nervously: Um, do you, um have any advise--based on your experiences --for peace activists of this generation?"
Jane Fonda: Yes. Men, find your heart! Women, find your voices! And work like hell to fight for what you believe. And keep doing it!"
It's encouraging to know that if I keep working for peace, eventually my labors will we vindicated and rewarded.
I believe that. Jane Fonda said so!