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it comes to putting up the good fight on behalf of UCLA, there's
no better soldier to have in the field than Howard
By Cynthia Lee
Photography by Jilly
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR HEROES to honor among the legions of renowned
scientists, scholars, dedicated teachers and prominent alumni affiliated
with UCLA, you might easily pass over Howard Welinsky '72.
affable but low-key, unassuming film-distribution executive who
prefers working in rolled-up shirtsleeves and lunching at his favorite
family-owned diner to wearing Armani suits to Hollywood power lunches
looks like your everyday, ordinary face-in-the crowd. You might
spot the ever-present UCLA lapel pin on his sports coat and shrug
him off as just another Bruin fan.
you would be wrong.
those with his particular calling, Howard Welinsky is the undisputed
master of political advocacy. Over a lifetime spent carefully cultivating
relationships with elected officeholders and influential Democratic
Party officials, Howard Welinsky has become UCLA's most powerful
crusader in the ferocious joust for state funds that takes place
off the floor of the Legislature - at cocktail-party receptions,
fund-raisers, party committee meetings, anywhere where one can grab
and hold on to the ear of a legislator.
it from one who has seen him in action: "Howard is one of UCLA's
most important human assets," says former State House Speaker Antonio
Villaraigosa '77, now a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, who has been
lobbied many times by Welinsky on UCLA's and UC's behalf. "He's
as passionate about the university as he is about politics. He has
committed himself to working on behalf of the university wherever