"So, true to form, the radical [Tabankin] was ready for a radical change. She looked around and realized that she had the biggest number of friends living in Los Angeles--Hayden and Fonda, actors Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares, liberal guru Stanley Sheinbaum, producer Norman Lear."
As Mike Farrell, Tabankin's closest friend on the West Coast, maintains...
Tabankin is also that rarity in leftist politics--a serious activist with a sense of humor. A case in point, Mike Farrell recalls, was a fact-finding trip to Nicaragua they made together in 1982 where they were surrounded by "Americans who were more full of the revolution than the Sandinistas. And after a while, we'd heard so much rhetoric that at one point Margie looked at me and said, ' This is enough to turn you into a right-winger.' "
*"A one-time nationally known campus radical during the '60s, first woman president of the National Student Assn., and head of VISTA during the Carter Administration, she [directed] two high-profile progressive philanthropies--the ARCA Foundation, which relied on the R. J. Reynolds family fortune, and the Barbra Streisand Foundation, which the singer created in 1986."
Another key group.