Carl Oglesby, who served as president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during 1965-1966 and has since made a career as an author, had a stroke last night while getting dressed for a party at his literary agent’s house celebrating the publication of his new memoir about the 60s antiwar movement, Ravens in the Storm.
Mr. Oglesby, who is in his 70s, is at the hospital now in stable condition and communicating lucidly, according to his agent, Susan Kahn.
News of Mr. Oglesby’s stroke did not reach Scribner editor Colin Robinson, who was co-hosting the event with Ms. Kahn and Mr. Oglesby’s other agent, Mike Locker, until after he arrived at the party.
According to Mr. Robinson, Mr. Oglesby was getting ready at Mr. Locker’s home when, about an hour before he was supposed to leave, he started feeling ill and was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Robinson said that guests—among them fellow former SDS president Todd Gitlin, Vogue fashion director Sally Singer, Robert Karrow, Walter Mosley, and a cluster of folks from The Nation–were informed of Mr. Oglesby’s condition as they arrived. Later, Mr. Robinson, Ms. Kahn, and Mr. Locker gave toasts and expressed regret over the author’s absence.
“Obviously we missed him,” Mr. Robinson said. “His book and the spirit of it suffused the room.”
Ms. Kahn said some guests wrote notes for Mr. Oglesby, which she delivered to his hospital room this morning when she went to visit.
UPDATE: Ms. Kahn just called in to say that Mr. Oglesby is in good spirits, though dissapointed that he missed his party. Ms. Kahn brought her camera along and showed him photos from the evening. She also brought him the notes that guests such as Mr. Robinson and Barbara Garson, author of the well-known countercultural play MacBird, wrote him last night.