Bart Lytton was my mother’s cousin, whose business whose business represented 20% of the savings and loan industry before it crashed with the Southern California real estate market after the Kennedy assassination moved the center of real estate speculation from California to Texas. Before that, he was a communist party Hollywood screenwriter.
In 1960, when he was the largest donor to the Democratic Party in California, and had given Kennedy $200,000 in cash, he invited me to California to see how he operated, especially during the Democratic convention. For a few days I hobnobbed with senators and governors. Because they assumed I was his son, I was free to speak my mind to them.
I got a call this morning from Richard Harris Smith, who is writing a biography of Bart. Richard also probably wrote the Wikipedia entry on Bart, which is very informative. Richard was telling me things about my family that I never knew.
In any case, I am looking forward to reading Richard’s book.