The Education and Research Institute (ERI) is a tax-exempt, educational organization founded in 1974, Its purpose is to create greater awareness and understanding of America’s history and traditional values. ERI has been researching and publishing studies on public policy issues for more than 30 years.
The Institute is governed by a board of directors that is chaired by Daniel Oliver, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. He succeeded the founding chairman, M. Stanton Evans, following Evans’ death in 2015. Other board members include Terrance Scanlon, Allan Ryskind, James Roberts, Patrick Korten and Ralph Bennett.
Stan Evans graduated from Yale, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1955, the year Bill Buckley launched National Review. And like Buckley, Stan had served on the Yale Daily News.
At Yale he read a book by Frank Chodorov, One Is a Crowd, which, he said, “opened up more intellectual perspectives . . . than did the whole Yale curriculum.”
After Yale, he did graduate work in economics at New York University under Ludwig von Mises.
Stan was for a while an assistant editor at The Freeman, where Chodorov was the editor.
In 1956 he joined the staff of Human Events as managing editor. Then in 1959, Stan became the head editorial writer of The Indianapolis News, and the following year, at the age of 26, the editor of the paper, making him the nation’s youngest editor of a metropolitan daily newspaper.
He also joined the staff of National Review, where he served as associate editor from 1960 to 1973.
It is not surprising that there is so much to say about Stan, given how young he was when he first came into public view.
He wrote columns nonstop, and books too, ten of them. Preeminent among them are The Theme is Freedom, essential reading for those who want a true understanding of the founding of our country; and most recently Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and his fight against America’s Enemies; and Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government.
There is so much more to say about Stan: In 1974, he became a nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times syndicate. Also in 1974, Stan founded the Education and Research Institute.
In 1977, he founded the National Journalism Center, to impart to young people the skills he had learned — or perhaps had been born with.
From 1971 to 1977, Stan served as chairman of the American Conservative Union. He has also served as president of the Philadelphia Society, as a member of the Council for National Policy, and as a trustee of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
He held a slew of awards but two particular achievements are worth special mention.
In September of 1960, Bill Buckley gathered together a group of young conservatives at the Buckleys’ family home in Sharon, Connecticut, in order to found Young Americans for Freedom. It was Stan who drafted YAF’s charter, the Sharon Statement, which is still considered the founding document of the Conservative Movement.
But Stan was not an ivory tower recluse: there would not be enough hamburgers, cigarettes, and coke for him up there in the tower. He knew how to take action. When in 1976 the Reagan campaign was fizzling in North Carolina — really, shutting its doors — Stan went there to shake, and shape, things up, and with the help of Jesse Helms and Tom Ellis succeeded . . . historically.
Reagan won the North Carolina primary, went on to win Indiana and Texas and other primaries, and was almost even with Gerald Ford by the time of the Republican convention.
Ford won, of course, but without Reagan’s showing in that primary season, he never would have been competitive in 1980, and Morning in America never would have dawned. But it did, in critical part because of Stan Evans.
Stan was also probably the funniest man conservatives have ever known, a truly gifted comic.
Stan said he was never for Nixon, until Watergate.
He said that when you looked at wage and price controls, OSHA, EPA, detente and Kissinger, going to China, and all the other stuff Nixon was doing, Watergate was like a breath of fresh air.
Stan was for nuclear reduction, through usage.
He wanted sex taught in schools because then the kids wouldn’t know how to do it.
Stan said the only time he sent a text message . . . was when he was driving — texting, he said, passed the time. And on and on.
Stan used to say, “It’s amazing how much credit you can take, if you don’t care about accomplishing anything.”
In 2014 The Pumpkin Papers Irregulars presented Stan with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which said as follows:
Daniel Oliver is chairman of The Education and Research Institute. He has a broad background in government and public policy, having served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, General Counsel at the Departments of Education and Agriculture. He also served on the boards of National Review magazine (of which he is a former chairman), the Centre for the New Europe, the International Policy Network, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and was Vice President and on the Advisory Board of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and his LL.B. from Fordham Law School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He is married to Louise Vietor Oliver, the former U. S. Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. They have five children and ten grandchildren.
James C. Roberts is the President of the American Studies Center, a non-profit foundation in Arlington, Virginia. He is the founder of Radio America, a news/talk network and of the American Veterans Center. Roberts is a graduate of Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy as anti-submarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer during two extended deployments in the Western Pacific. He is a former executive director of the American Conservative Union, and was director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 1981 to 1984. He is the author of two books: The Conservative Decade: Emerging Leaders of the 1980s and Hardball on the Hill: Baseball Stories from the Nation’s Capital. Roberts and his wife, Patricia (O’Connor) Roberts have four children and two grandchildren and reside in Great Falls, Virginia.
Patrick S. Korten is a veteran of more than forty years in the fields of journalism, government and public policy in Washington, D.C. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Executive Assistant Director of Policy and Communications at the U.S. Department of Personnel Management. He was an anchorman and Congressional correspondent at Washington’s all-news station, WTOP, for six years. He served on the staffs of three members of Congress, and as Vice President for Communications at the Cato Institute, at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and at the Knights of Columbus. While a political science major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper now approaching a half-century of publication.
Allan Ryskind has been associated with the politically influential Human Events from 1959 through 2015 as a reporter, editor and owner. Called a “masterful reporter” by The Washington Post, Ryskind covered nine presidencies, beginning with John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960. He travelled to numerous Cold War hot spots, reporting on the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and Chile. Edited by Thomas Winter and Ryskind for over three decades, the publication had a profound impact on conservative politics and significantly affected policy and personnel decisions in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. President Ronald Reagan heavily relied on its contents in shaping his policies, even informing Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that HE’s support of The Strategic Defense Initiative was a major reason he would not abandon it. Ryskind has been published in scores of publications, including National Review, The Weekly Standard and Breitbart News. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs such as Meet The Press, CSPAN and the Voice of America. After two years of Army duty, he earned a Masters in Journalism from UCLA. He is the author of Hubert, a biography of liberal icon Hubert Humphrey, and Hollywood Traitors, a critical look at Hollywood’s blacklisted screenwriters.
Terrance Scanlon retired in January 2016 after more than 22 years as President of the Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. From 1989-1994, he was Vice President of the Heritage Foundation. In 1983, he was appointed a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission by President Ronald Reagan. He became Chairman of the CPSC in 1985, a position he held until 1989. He was the highest ranking Democrat during the last two years of the Reagan Administration. He has been married to Judy Scanlon for 48 years. They have three adult sons and four granddaughters.
Ralph Kinney Bennett is a writer, writing coach and editorial consultant living in Ligonier, Pa. and Delray Beach, Fla. He was a reporter and feature writer for The New Haven Register, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The National Observer. He retired in 2001 as Assistant Managing Editor in the Washington Bureau of The Reader’s Digest, where he covered national and international affairs for more than 30 years, traveling the world while writing on a wide variety of subjects and heading up major investigative projects. As a White House correspondent, he covered seven U.S. Presidents. In recent years many of his articles have appeared on-line at TCS Daily, The American, National Review and numerous on-line sites. After 35 years as a Washington journalist he retired to his hometown, Ligonier, Pa., site of a historic British frontier fort of the French and Indian War. He proudly serves as an active firefighter with Ligonier Volunteer Hose Co. No. 1, and as a trustee of the Fort Ligonier Association, which oversees the restored fort and its museum.