By Rick Oltman, July 7, 2016
Six years ago today, July 7, 2010, America lost a beloved patriot when Terry Anderson, the “Prisoner of South Central,” passed away. Terry was best known as an immigration activist and host of The Terry Anderson Show. He pulled no punches and took no prisoners in his denunciation of the political class that he correctly deduced was wrecking America with open borders and unrestrained illegal immigration. Terry did so much to try to help our country and citizens that it seems impossible to try to list them all. A few of my memories:
In 1999 I helped arrange a congressional hearing in Washington, DC with the House Immigration Sub-committee and had some victims of illegal immigration scheduled to testify. One man was an Arizona citizen who property was overrun by illegal aliens on a nightly basis. Another was a Latina mother whose only son was murdered by an illegal alien gang member. And then there was Terry Anderson, in his trademark blue denim bib overalls, telling the subcommittee in no uncertain terms the travails of black Americans in Los Angeles and their unjust and brutal treatment by illegal aliens, most of whom were from Mexico.
We had submitted all the testimony the day before. When the hearing concluded Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX and Chairman of the subcommittee came over to me and nodding towards Terry and the others said, “That was the best testimony I have ever read.”
In August of 2000 Terry addressed the Reform Party Convention in Long Beach, CA where Pat Buchanan was nominated for President. I was a Buchanan delegate and watched from the floor as vintage Terry Anderson spoke the naked truth about lying politicians and illegal immigration to the delegates, once again in his bib overalls. (Terry starts at about 1:36)
Terry was so forceful and honest a speaker on the subject of illegal immigration that in 2000 he was encouraged and given financial help to host a weekly radio show out of Los Angeles by Dr. John Tanton. An environmentalist, Dr. Tanton was one of the first in the country to recognize, and try to halt, the damage that would inevitably ensue from the population growth caused by immigration. He helped Terry get his show launched.
Terry called me in a slight panic declaring he didn’t know what to do. By that time I had hosted hundreds of TV and radio talk shows and advised him, “Be yourself.” When he pressed me for details I remember telling him, “Listen closely to your guest or your caller. If your guest says, ‘I just flew back from the moon’ your next question has to be, ‘Is it made of green cheese?’ Many hosts just don’t listen.”
“I know!” he exclaimed, “I hate it when that happens!”
Also, I said he needed a tag line. Did he know the movie “Network”? “What, I’m as mad as hell?” he asked.
“I was thinking more of Diana Christensen pitching the Howard Beale show to Frank Hackett. Her selling point was, ‘He’s articulating the popular rage.’ And, that is what you do, brother. You’re the best.”
And, he was the best for years. I always chuckled when they would play the audio clip from the movie with Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) exclaiming, “He’s articulating the popular rage!”
He also coined the slogan, heard frequently throughout the show, “If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention!” A simple, yet great truth.
Terry spoke in Crawford, TX in 2006 when a couple hundred of us endured the worst Texas twisters to hit the area in over 50 years to hold a protest of President George Bush’s impotence on illegal immigration.
I loved Terry like a brother, a comrade in arms. When I got the call that he had died I was devastated but immediately called Dr. Tanton to tell him. “How do we replace him?” Dr. Tanton asked, his tone acknowledging the great loss. “We can’t,” I weakly replied.
Then I called the man who had the deepest affection for Terry of anyone I know, D.A. King. Adult men and war veterans, we both cried into the telephone over our loss. D.A. has spoken and written eloquently about our friend.
All of us in the “immigration reform movement,” (which is what we called it before the term was appropriated by the open borders-amnesty crowd) have endured the verbal abuse, threats and name calling of our adversaries. Terry, as a black man, got it worse of course. It never deterred him. He was a courageous American citizen and I am proud to call him my friend.
I like to imagine Terry meeting another bulldog of a man; Winston Churchill, up in the great beyond. I imagine their encounter to go something like this;
Churchill looks him up and down and up again, giving him the once-over, and then with that masterful command of the Queen’s English says, “So, Terry Anderson. I understand you had enemies. Good. That means that you stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Yeah. He sure did.
Terry was tireless. He was dedicated. He always put our country first. He never disappointed me or caused me to question anything he ever said or did. And, that’s saying something.
Rest in peace, old friend. And be assured, I am not the only one who misses you deeply.
More about Terry Anderson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQmdSZCOPho D.A. King’s Washington, D.Cc. rally – 2007
https://fretsward.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/thank-you-terry-anderson/ Thank you Terry Anderson
http://americanpatrol.com/RADIO/TERRY-ANDERSON/TerryDies100707.html Several tributes
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Terry+Anderson+immigration Several interviews