Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Puff the Magic Fundraiser

The Van Wert  (Ohio) Times Bulletin notes "questions" have arisen  over the appearances of musician Peter Yarrow at local schools. More specifically, "concerns" have arisen over Yarrow’s "criminal record" - almost 50 years ago, Yarrow was convicted of "taking immoral liberties with a 14-year-old girl." Yarrow served a sentence for the conviction, but was pardoned by Jimmy Carter. Since then, he has spoken to thousands of school children "all over the world about respect for each other and most recently on anti-bullying."

The programming committee of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center was unaware of Yarrow's arrest.
Yarrow pointed out that he understands why some are questioning his performance. “It’s a sign of the times,” he noted. “I fully understand with (Jerry) Sandusky and with the Catholic Church, but it is shocking to see that this kind of real criminal behavior has been perpetrated against our children. And in my case, I made a mistake in an era in which unfortunately it was very common for us to be surrounded with inappropriate attention from young girls, and I have very frequently expressed not only my real sorrow and apology for having done this because it was absolutely wrong, but I also went to jail for two-and-a-half months and I was given a pardon by President Carter. There’s a certain point in which you say, ‘I have paid my debt to society, I have lived what I hope is a very caring, productive life, I am deeply devoted to making the world a better place in a multitude of ways,' and at a certain point there might be a time when people can say, ‘thank you for doing the work and continue it.’” 
Yarrow made no reference to the role that he played a major Democratic party fundraiser, the last- minute nature of his pardon or the manner in which his application freakishly flew through the federal bureaucracy, skipping line, in front of hundreds of other applicants. See full news story here.

See our own coverage of the Peter Yarrow case (and pardon) here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Evidently it mattered to Jimmy Carter who pardon applicants were and knew.

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