January 4, 2008
WASHINGTON, JAN. 4, 2008 Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of Fred Guardabassi, a Broward County conservative activist who established a media and public policy fellowship at the think tank:
"Like his hero Ronald Reagan, Fred Guardabassi was a man of principle. But, like Reagan, Fred also believed in the future and its great promise. He made that vision a reality in 2004 when he established a fellowship for media and public policy studies at The Heritage Foundation.
"Because of Fred's generosity, our Guardabassi Fellows have been able to use the latest in media technology to communicate the conservative principles that stretch back from Reagan to the Founding Fathers. His generosity continues to allow Heritage to move forward on important First Amendment fronts.
"Take Mark Tapscott. As Heritage's first Guardabassi Fellow, he wrote and spoke extensively on freedom of speech and freedom of the press, particularly the necessity of federal and state Freedom of Information laws. Tapscott also dedicated himself to training a new generation of journalists in computer-assisted reporting, and to helping Heritage take its message of freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society to the emerging 'blogosphere' and other aspects of the Internet. Tapscott is now editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner.
"Ken McIntyre, a former senior editor at The Washington Times, last year became Heritage's second Guardabassi Fellow. He, too, writes on First Amendment topics as well as preparing the work of our policy experts for media outlets. McIntyre also developed two initiatives intended to help ordinary Americans understand how policy decisions and government actions affect their lives. 'Heritage in Focus' features Heritage experts analyzing topical issues in brief online videos. And 'à la chart,' an information graphic sent electronically to newspaper editors, draws on Heritage research to give readers rapid insight into hot policy issues.
"Heritage and its members could not have achieved these and other gains in the new media environment without Fred Guardabassi. We will miss him."