May 26, 2018

Enriching the Progressive Arts Program for Inmates in Lancaster


Editor’s Note: Local author Christopher Lynch recently wrote a feature about Tony Dow’s visit to the California State Prison in Lancaster, CA, and the facility’s Progressive Arts Program, one of several “Leisure Time Activity Groups” that benefit the inmates (see “Against All Odds,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 38 No. 3 Feb. 13, 2014). Lynch, who is completing a biography of Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell in the TV show, “Leave it to Beaver”), sent us the following update regarding the program and his part in it.

Dear Editor,

I am heading up [to Lancaster] with another “Leave it to Beaver” character, Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell on the show. Ken is a veteran and has written a book on military history that he will be donating to the prison library.

He also will be signing pictures and speaking to the incarcerated veterans about his own time in the service.

I'm going to be taking pictures of his visit, as well as handing out copies of the Topanga Messenger and will take some shots of the inmates reading it.

I will also donate my check from the story to the art program to help sustain it.

—Christopher J. Lynch