Sheinbaum, Stanley K.

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Stanley K. Sheinbaum is an American peace and human rights activist.  Autograph Card Signed, n.d. - 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 written in blk ink with young age-toning seen.  Overall, fine/very fine condition. 

"During most of World War II, he served in the military after being drafted. He was assigned to making aviation maps. When discharged, he applied to 33 colleges on the GI Bill, but was rejected due to his poor grades.

He returned to high school, and after graduating, was accepted to Oklahoma State University-Stillwater (Oklahoma A&M). There, he excelled, and after a year was able to transfer to Stanford University, where he became an economics teacher.

After that, he accepted a position at Michigan State University teaching economics. There, he became the administrator of a new project aiming to advise the unstable government of South Vietnam, and prevent communism from taking over the country. The 54-person project was named Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG).

In 1957, Sheinbaum visited the Michigan State University school in Vietnam to see the results of the project's work. He was disheartened to discover that the university was providing cover for an ongoing Central Intelligence Agency operation. In 1959, he resigned from the project.

Sheinbaum then returned to the United States, and settled in Santa Barbara, California. He was asked to become part of a think tank called the "Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions", headed by educational philosopher Robert Hutchins. While there, he met and fell in love with Betty Warner, daughter of Harry Warner, film mogul. She was also an activist, and an opponent of fascism, having grown up during the Spanish Civil War. They married in 1964.

While doing research into United States involvement in Southeast Asia, journalist Robert Scheer discovered the MSUG project in Vietnam. He found documents providing evidence that MSUG had been involved in the torture of Vietnamese nationals. Among the documents, was a list of those involved with the project.

The list included Sheinbaum's name, whom Scheer contacted. Appauled with the revelations, Sheinbaum decided to go public with the information. He collaborated with Scheer on an expose, and became an active opponent of the Vietnam War. This prompted the think tank to "ask him to leave" the group.

In 1971, Sheinbaum was asked to help organize the Pentagon Papers-Daniel Ellsberg Defense Team. He helped to assemble the team of attorneys, and became the main fundraiser and spokesperson, raising nearly $1 million dollars from over 25 thousand contributors."