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101 / SAG-AFTR A SPECIAL ISSUE 2022 / WHEN THE ABOVE PHOTO WAS TAKEN at the AFL-CIO convention in New York on Nov. 17, 1981, Ed Asner was riding high. He'd spent four years starring in the acclaimed newspaper drama Lou Grant on CBS, was a featured speaker at Solidarity Day in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park in September and had been presented with the Fund for Higher Education's Flame of Truth Award in October at the Century Plaza Hotel. On Nov. 2, he was elected president of Screen Actors Guild. The conventioneers gave Asner a standing ovation when he was introduced by AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland and, as UPI explained, "When Asner sat down at his seat, sandwiched between the Auto Workers and Steelworkers delegations, he was jokingly presented with a book on Robert's Rules of Order by his colleagues in the Associated Actors and [Artistes] of America." Asner aged but was never "old" — staying active in professional life until he passed on Aug. 29 at age 91. This two-term Screen Actors Guild president (1981–85) and National Board member acted on his beliefs, even when it cost snapshot by valerie yaros He Followed His Conscience ed asner SAG -AF TR A ARCHIVES At the AFL-CIO Convention Nov. 17, 1981. SAG President Ed Asner shows actor/comedian Danny Thomas what he thinks of Robert's Rules of Order!

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