Difficult to believe it was 25 years ago in 1983 that the Korean Airliner shootdown episode occurred. Much has been said about this incident over the years, much of it murky and conflicting. Sherman Skolnick once suggested that it was a trick against the Ruskies.
Shortly after the incident, many found it odd that the flight was dubbed "007," as if it were named after the famous fictional spy James Bond. Among the passengers on the ill-fated flight was Congressman Larry McDonald.
Around 1991 or so, we were stunned to hear from some sources that the passengers, including McDonald, may have survived and had been captured by the Soviets. Years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy was among a handful who at least publicly pushed for the release of more information about KAL 007 and the fate of the passengers. Will the full truth about KAL 007 ever be known?
Be sure to check all the articles in this thread:
THIS YEAR WILL BE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE "DEATH?" OF CONGRESSMAN MCDONALD
(The first actual post in the thread above is a video of McDonald speaking, as posted by RMN Agent J.)
Below: Congressman Larry McDonald's office on Sept. 1, 1983:
Below: Congressman Larry McDonald as he appeared in 1983:
Below is a 1983 interview with Congressman Larry McDonald shortly before his disappearance. Among other things, he was also a captain in the naval reserve.
The Marietta Daily Journal
August 28, 1983
Wearing Many Hats:
Congressman Fills Roles
in Various Organizations
by Maggie Willis
Congressman Larry McDonald wears many hats these days.
He is serving his fifth two-year term as U.S. representative from northwest Georgia's 7th Congressional District and says he has "every intention" of running for re-election next year .
He is national chairman of the John Birch Society.
He is chariman and president of Western Goals.
He is a physician specializing in urology.
In addition, McDonald serves on dozens of other committees and boards of conservative groups throughout the country.
How does he juggle so many jobs?
"They are things I believe in," McDonald said. "They are all really tied together -- the same basic reasons are behind all of them."
He said his real love is medicine.
"But early in my medical career I realized that unless we change directions in this country, we will be in for some real problems," McDonald said.
So he runs -- he runs for re-election, successfully, every two years. He runs back and forth between Washington and the 7th District, where he has held 230 town hall meetings in addition to hundreds of other appearances during his nine years in office.
He runs from his Washington office in Room 102 of the Cannon Building back and forth to the Capitol, where his voting record has averaged 93 percent overall and 95 percent this year.
He runs to the plane, bus or train to keep speaking engagements all over the country on behalf of the Birch Society of Western Goals or other conservative causes.
And between trips he runs home to Fairfax County, Va. to reintroduce himself to his wife, Kathy, and their two children, baby daughter Lauren and son, Larry, who turned 2 Thursday.
McDonald was in Cobb County this week for eight town hall meetings which are only a fraction of the 26 meetings he has scheduled throughout his district during the current congressional recess.
During an interview, he said he is not paid for any of his activities outside of Congress, not even for the two weeks of active duty he serves each year in Bethesda Naval Hospital's Department of Urology. McDonald is a captain in the naval reserve and goes to reserve meetings weekly, but members of congress get no pay for reserve duty, he said.
McDonald said he also works as often as possible in the McDonald Urology Clinic in Atlanta, which was run by his father, the late Dr. Harold P. McDonald, and is now headed by his brother, Dr. Harold P. McDonald, Jr.
The congressman serves on the board of the Southern Medical Research Foundation, operated in conjunction with the McDonald Urology Clinic for urological research.
McDonald, 48, said he also enjoys hunting and fishing, "but I obviously don't do much."
He recently took his family, including his two older daughters who live with their mother, McDonald's former wife, in Vinings, to the Cayman Islands for a vacation.
McDonald, whose views are perceived as somewhere to the right of Ronald Reagan, is often asked whether he will remain in the Democratic Party.
"I am a historic Democrat," he said, "but if Thomas Jefferson were alive today, I doubt if he would be a Democrat."
He said he has "no problems" with Georgia and the 7th District Democrats but the national party is another matter.
"Just look at the presidential candidates trooping up to Washington for Martin Luther King Day," McDonald said. "The national party is a bunch of kooks who want to force us out of the party."
McDonald was the only member of Congress to speak against the proposed Martin Luther King holiday based on who King was. Others opposed the holiday legislation based on cost, but McDonald said FBI records on King, sealed by court orders, should be opened before a holiday is established in King's honor.
But as for turning Republican, McDonald said he is "not all that enthusiastic about either party."
"The Republican Party is more conservative," he said, "but it's pure nonsense to believe we have a two-party system. We have a representative government within a constitutional framework."
McDonald's Western Goals Foundation is a publicly supported nonpartisan organization which, according to Western Goals literature, is "dedicated to the rebuilding and strengthening of the political, economic and social structure of the U.S. and western civilization so as to make any merger with totalitarianism impossible."
He has been a member of the national council of the John Birch Society since 1966 and was named its chairman in March of this year . He describes the society as "a constitutionalist education-action organization."
McDonald is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and subcommittee on research and development and readiness.
Other committee and association memberships include:
Movement to Restore Democracy (Motorede).
Georgia Right to Life Committee.
American Life Lobby.
Congressional Advisory Committee of Christian Voice, Inc.
Atlanta Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry and Human Rights.
National Pro Life Political Action Committee.
Committee for Freedom of Choice in Cancer Therapy.
National Rifle Association.
National Committee to Keep and Bear Arms.
Gun Owners of America.
Second Amendment Foundation.
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress.
American Conservative Union (congressional adviser).
American Security Council (congressional adviser).
Conservative Caucus (congressional adviser).
National Federation of Independent Business (congressional adviser).
National Advisory Board of the Committee for a Free China.
Association of American Dentists and Young Americans for Freedom.
National Advisory Council of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Congressional Advisory Panel of the National Tax Limitation Committee.
Conservatives Against Liberal Legislation.
American Civil Defense Association.
Fund to Restore an Educated Electorate.
Conservative Leadership Youth Foundation Advisory Board.
Joseph McCarthy Foundation.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute for Austrian Economics.