March 16, 2003 | News Releases on Political Thought
WASHINGTON, MARCH 16, 2003 - The following is a statement from Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner on the death of Joseph Coors. The Colorado brewer made it possible for Heritage to open its doors with a $250,000 grant in 1972 to the think tank. Coors was the original funder of Heritage and subsequently earned the title of honorary trustee, founder and recipient of Heritage's highest honor-the Clare Boothe Luce award.
"Without Joe Coors, The Heritage
Foundation wouldn't exist-and the conservative movement it nurtures
would be immeasurably poorer. Thanks in large part to Joe, though,
we can look back on a record of accomplishment that stretches back
|The late Joseph Coors, left, and Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner.|
"Joe was there when most people scoffed at the notion of launching a 'conservative think tank'-when the very idea of a Heritage Foundation appeared risky. But he believed in good ideas, risky or not, and putting them into action. Fortunately, he thought The Heritage Foundation-a think tank that would aggressively counterattack liberal thinking in Washington with solid, timely research on public policy issues-was a good idea. The rest, as they say, is history.
"Joe is gone now, no doubt having a beer with his pals who have been waiting for him in heaven. But Heritage, the idea that he nurtured 30 years ago, remains and thrives. It's now a permanent institution in Washington and the nation itself, working to make America a place where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish."
"May Joe Coors-my mentor and friend-rest in peace. He earned it. "