LETTER: Josef Cannon adds his support to Guggenheim

[Editor's note: The following letter was sent to Substance and arrived on February 10, 2010].

Dear Kristine Mayle: I'm Josef Cannon former student of Guggenheim and supporter of keeping the school from closing. I read your article and enjoyed it thoroughly. As I stated that night, this school has played an important part of my life. In wanting to give back to an institution that gave me so much, I also flew in my camera crew where everything was filmed for a short documentary we are putting together with the hope of it helping in anyway possible to prevent the closure.

Here are a few links about me:, From LIFE Magazine Pictoral The law I co-authored is entitled: The Synclair-Cannon Child Abduction Prevention Act

My reason for providing this information is that not many young black men from that neighborhood go on to find success and it was from my years at Guggenheim that inspired me to accomplish all that I have to date and as I mentioned my grades were far from stellar, but the teachers never gave up on me nor did they allow me to give up on myself! The same is happening now with the students that attend today. Though numbers may indicate otherwise we have to look beyond statistics.

Yours truly, Josef Cannon, Marina Del Rey, California, London, England,



July 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

By: Larry Synclair

Mr. Cannon's email

Dear Ms. Mayle,

A correction must be applied to Mr. Cannon's letter. He has never been "co-author" of The Synclair-Cannon Child Abduction Prevention Act. I am the only author as well as holder of the copyright to the draft of what became the Synclair-Cannon Act.

I wish you much success.


Larry Synclair

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