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time UCLA and UC officials have asked him for help, Welinsky has
answered their call, officials say gratefully.
his 50th birthday, friends threw him and Tuttle, now Los Angeles
City Controller, with birthdays a few days apart, a surprise party
at the James West Alumni Center where many of their friends contributed
to a scholarship to be offered in their names. The first award will
be given out this year to a political-science major.
makes me feel really good," says Welinsky, who does not shy from
the label "lobbyist."
nothing you can do to make a saint out of a lobbyist for the tobacco
industry," he reasons, "because you know ultimately, the end result
is not in the best interest of society. But when your goal is to
help UCLA and UC, it's the reverse. There's nothing you can do that's
terribly bad because the university impacts so many lives in so
many positive ways.
understand I'm not doing this to enrich myself or the company from
which I earn a living," Welinsky says. "What I do is designed to
enrich society as a whole. It enriches legislators' constituents
who are students and the beneficiaries of UC and UCLA research.
So it's worthwhile doing."