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CFI–West Rolling!

Plans Going Full Speed Ahead

by Ed Buckner


The following article is from the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Volume 18, Number 2.


The Council for Secular Humanism has announced that the theater that will be part of the first floor of our new building in Hollywood will be named after Steve Allen. At a ceremony at CFI–West in mid-March attended by Steve’s son, Bill Allen, and his widow, Jayne Meadows, Paul Kurtz made the announcement. The crowd on hand not only got to meet and hear from Jayne Meadows, they also got a much clearer picture of what the first floor is going to look like.

A substantial start on the fund raising and most of the creative and technical work has been done—now all that is needed is for people like you to come through with significant financial commitments. When this is finished—maybe as early as this year if the support is there—there will be a permanent home for the Council in California, within sight of the famous Hollywood sign and the wonderful Griffith Observatory, and across from famous Barnsdall Park. A key feature of the park is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building.

The Media Center, the most original part of this facility, will allow for nearly instant responses, written and videotaped, right where they are needed most, to the drumbeat of irrationality that Hollywood serves up daily. Those who have followed this story from the beginning know that the Center for Inquiry acquired the building last year for $1.6 million and renovated the second floor for offices and facilities for the staff, plus a small meeting space. CFI–West moved in fully just in the last few months.

Center for Inquiry-West

Architect Richard Raymer shows one of many drawings to Steve Allen’s son, Bill Allen (left); his widow, Jayne Meadows; Paul Kurtz; and CFI–West Executive Director Jim Underdown.
(click picture to see full-size)


Dr. Ed Buckner is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism.


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