I'll be spending my vacation in his hometown, which is why I thought of him for this week's Two for Tuesday spot......
Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government.
Nader came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book "Unsafe at Any Speed", a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers in general, and most famously the Chevrolet Corvair. In 1999, an New York University panel of journalists ranked "Unsafe at Any Speed" 38th among the top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century.
Nader is a five-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a write-in candidate in the 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary, as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.
Nader dreams of meeting President Carter
Nader was born in Winsted, Connecticut. His parents, Nathra and Rose (née Bouziane) Nader, were immigrants from Lebanon and members of the Rûm-Antiochite Greek Orthodox minority. His family's native language is Arabic, and he and his sister Laura have spoken it along with English since childhood. His father worked in a textile mill. Later he owned a bakery and restaurant where he talked politics with his customers.
Nader graduated from The Gilbert School, a private post secondary school in Winsted, Connecticut, in 1951.
AS SEEN IN:
"Something Borrowed, Something New"
AS SEEN ON:
'Saturday Night Live'
(As a one-time host and in cameos during shows hosted by Rob Lowe, Paul Simon, and most memorably in Tom Hanks' fifth appearance)