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One of the first groups that had asked Pauling to speak about atomic weapons was the Independent Citizen’s Committee for the Arts, Sciences, and Professions (ICCASP), a sort of artist’s and intellectual’s lobbying organization. Its politics were decidedly left-wing, its members a polyglot of New Deal Democrats, Socialists, a few Communists, and many liberal members of the Hollywood movie community. Pauling’s first talk to the group was well received, and he was invited to become a member. He and Ava Helen were happy to join.

The ICCASP connected the Paulings with an exciting and glamorous crowd of activists who seemed to believe in "just the sort of liberal politics that appeals to me," as Pauling put it. They were soon visiting studios, seeing movies being shot, attending sneak previews, and partying with directors, producers, and stars. They chatted with Charlie Chaplin, visited Charles Laughton in his home, and dined at the Brown Derby with Ronald Reagan (in his early, more liberal days). Pauling soon became the local group’s vice-president and served on a national board of directors with Frank Sinatra, Thomas Mann, Duke Ellington, and Eleanor Roosevelt. It was all very exciting for a couple from small-town Oregon.

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See Also: Letter from George Pepper to Linus Pauling. November 3, 1945. 
See Also: Telegram from George Pepper to Linus Pauling. November 25, 1945. 

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Charles Chaplin (left), Linus Pauling and Hewlett Johnson (right). 1940s.

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Minutes of a conference on atomic energy. December 3, 1945.

"There was a thing called the Hollywood Committee of the Arts, Sciences and Professions, and I went with the parents to a rally in some football stadium, ten thousand people, not a very big one. I sat next to Katharine Hepburn."

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