SAM SMITH, editor of the online Progressive Review, has been editing alternative journals since 1964, longer than almost anyone in the country. Before moving to Maine in 2009, he covered Washington during nine of America's presidencies — as long as almost anyone in the capital.
He Is the author of four books, three at the request of editors. His work has appeared in more than two dozen publications including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Harpers. He has also appeared on more than 700 radio and TV talk shows. Smith has helped to start a half dozen organizations — including the DC Statehood Party and national Green Party — and has been a co-plaintiff in seven public interest law suits, three of them successful and one reaching the Supreme Court.
He has served as an elected D.C. neighborhood commissioner, a school parents' association president, a founding member of the D.C. Community Humanities Council, president of the Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, operations officer and navigator aboard a Coast Guard cutter, executive officer of the Baltimore Coast Guard Reserve unit, and, for four decades, a semi-professional musician (first drums, then stride piano and vocals).