News Notes: “New Staff at Cato”

March/​April 1999 • Policy Report

The Cato Institute is mailing almost 600,000 copies of its popular Constitution booklet to Americans this spring, along with an invitation to become a Cato Sponsor. The booklet contains the complete text of the U.S. Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence and a brief introduction by Roger Pilon. Copies of the pocket‐​size booklet are available for $1.00 each.

Susan Chamberlin has joined the Cato Institute as director of external affairs. Along with Derrick Max, director of government affairs, she works to make members of Congress, their staffs, and other policymakers aware of Cato’s work. Chamberlin was previously an attorney representing landowners in a Washington, D.C., firm and had earlier served as deputy counsel of the National Republican Congressional Committee. She concentrates on government liaison for Cato’s scholars in constitutional studies and regulation, while Max handles Social Security, trade, and fiscal policy.

DJ Nordquist has joined the Cato Institute as director of commu‐​nications. She came to Cato from the public relations firm Burson‐​Marsteller, for which she worked in the Paris, Bangkik, and Washington offices. Previously she had been a press secretary on Capitol Hill. At Cato she works on both media relations and marketing, including the development of an online store on the Website.

Roger Pilon spoke to Federalist Society audiences from San Diego to Maine during February and was at the University of Miami in March… Ted Galen Carpenter has been asked to edit a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on NATO’s relevance (if any) in the 21st century… Silencing Science by Steven Milloy and Michael Gough went to number 66 on the ama​zon​.com bestseller list after the authors appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show.

James U. Blanchard III, a member of the Cato Institute’s Board of Directors since 1984, died March 19 at the age of 55. In the 1970s, when it was illegal for Americans to own gold, he founded the National Committee to Legalize Gold. After achieving that goal, Blanchard went on to organize an annual investment conference in New Orleans. Speakers at the conference included Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, and Ed Crane, along with a host of investment advisers. As a dealer in historical rarities, he lent Cato the first edition of The Wealth of Nations and the 1823 copy of the Declaration of Independence that are on display in the lobby of the Cato building.

This article originally appeared in the March/​April 1999 edition of Cato Policy Report.
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