Producer Lear moving from TV to politics

Feb. 16, 2008 at 6:07 PM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Noted producer Norman Lear, who worked on 1970s TV series such as "All in the Family," has a new focus in life: energizing young U.S. voters.

The 85-year-old, whose other TV works include "Sanford and Son" and "Good Times," has been traveling the country courting voters under the age of 30 through the use of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Los Angeles Times said Friday.

Lear, who paid $8.1 million for the historical document, says wherever he and his wife have gone with the historical document, they have attracted interest from potential young voters.

Such interest prompted Lear to found Declare Yourself, a nonprofit group aimed at helping young U.S. citizens register to vote.

Lear told the Times his group's intention is to help young people influence their world.

"That's where my life is: How are we going to make things right for the next generation?" Lear said. "I'm not sure we've done a very good job of that. They are the ones who are making things right for themselves."

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