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De Pasquale’s Dozen with Oliver North

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One of the highlights of my career in the conservative movement was attending a Freedom Alliance dinner with my mother. My mother wore her Navy dress uniform was able to meet Oliver North. A few weeks later, the dinner organizers sent me a photo of their meeting, personalized and signed by North.

Many are already familiar with North’s military, writing and TV career, so with this week’s interview, I thought I’d take some time to introduce you to one of his pet projects, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. North founded Freedom Alliance in 1990 “to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.”

In 2003, Freedom Alliance began their scholarship program, which honors the scarifices of the U.S. military and their families by awarding college scholarships to children of killed, MIA and permanently disabled service members. Student applicants must be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or enrolled in an institution of higher learning. (For more information on qualifications and to apply, visit

For several years North and Sean Hannity hosted the Freedom Concerts across the country, which help raise money for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The concerts have raised over $10 million for the fund. At a Freedom Concert in 2010, a young woman who was presented with a scholarship talked about her father’s heroism in saving two fellow servicemen from the burning wreckage after a plane crash. He was injured during the crash and is now battling a rare form of cancer. Upon hearing that his daughter would receive a Freedom Alliance college scholarship, her father, Kerry Crooks, said it “has cemented the love of country Kate possesses that goes beyond what she reads in a textbook; these actions demonstrate how many of those in her country truly care.”

Thanks to the efforts of North and the Freedom Alliance, the benefits of their support will have an impact on military families for years to come.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

The Princess Bride.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. (from The Princess Bride)

3. If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?

I would make them watch Fox News Channel 24/7.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

The baseball bat that Ted Williams signed and gave me.

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

I try not to miss a Redskins-Cowboys game.

6. What is the best present you received as a child?

The over/under .22/.410 I was given by my dad.

7. What was the first concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

I remember seeing the New York Philharmonic as a little kid.

8. What books were on your summer reading list?

Unfortunately I did not get to read too much this summer because I was finishing my latest novel,
Heroes Proved, which is to be released in November.

10. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

All of my high school male teachers were WWII and/or Korean War veterans. They taught my brothers and me the value of service to our country and reinforced what our dad had shown us about the meaning of service.

11. What would you like tomorrow's news headline to say?

“Obama resigns – returns to Chicago.”

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

In 1993, retired U.S. Senator Harry Byrd Jr., a legendary figure in VA politics, urged me to run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1994. He told me to “shake hands with everyone you meet, tell them why I should be their U.S. Senator, ask them for their vote and invest in our campaign.”

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