Chilean politician Orlando Letelier, a former government official in Salvador Allende’s administration, was assassinated by a car bomb explosion in Washington, DC 35 years ago today, on September 21, 1976. Responsibility for the assassination is credited to Chile’s secret police.
My mentor Saul Landau, author of Assassination on Embassy Row, is dying of terminal cancer. A journalist, a poet, an activist, a teacher, a father and a husband - Saul was there for me throughout my teenage years, taking the time out of his day for me interview him for high school papers regarding his brief meeting with Che Guevara during the initial years of the Cuban Revolution. Saul even recommended me for an internship at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C that lead me to going to South America on field research that changed my view of politics, and reality, forever.
Over the phone one night in high school, I asked him what a writer does. He replied, “A writer is someone who writes. Period.”
If you’re able, please donate to his support and care fund here.