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Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club - Mort Marcus, Jeff Dunn, Tony Hill, Sandy Lydon, George Ow, Jr.

Excerpt from Striking Through the Masks

But my undertakings in the 1990s were more far-reaching than my work at Cabrillo. Although on the periphery, over the years I had taken part in various community projects involving the arts or political and environmental issues. In a small way, I also aided in the purchase of the Del Mar Theater, the old “dream palace” movie house downtown, by the City of Santa Cruz. A lot of these community projects after 1990 had to do with my membership in a remarkable breakfast club that formed around George Ow, Jr. All of the members admired him greatly and had become friends with him and over time with each other. “Diversity,” one of the most popular catchwords of the 1990s, perfectly described the group: George was Chinese American; Sandy Lydon, my old colleague from Cabrillo, was Irish American; Tony Hill was African American; Geoffrey Dunn was Italian-Irish American; and I was Russian-Jewish American. George called us his united nations.

But the diversity went deeper than race and ethnicity. Each of us represented different attitudes and perceptions, but we were joined together by our desire to help our fellow citizens and by our camaraderie. George, of course, was well-known for his beneficent support of the poor.

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