Lynn Gaylord shares her passion for politics, Puritans

Born and raised on the East Coast, Lynn Gaylord comes from a long line of Quakers, Puritans, Dutch, and French Huguenots. She got her BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and two Masters degrees in Political Philosophy from Columbia University.

In 1972 and 1976, Lynn found her passion in reporting politics at the Democratic and Republican Conventions for a conglomerate of 15 radio/TV stations. “Press passes were the only way I could get on the floor. Conventions were very different back then, with the winner often not decided until the last day,” she said. Highlights included interviews with Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter and George McGovern.

At the height of the Women’s Movement, Lynn put a group of women together at the local New York PBS station and convinced them they were good for a 30-minute magazine format show featuring politics, art, and education. They ran the show for a year and called it “Women: New York Edition.”

She later taught journalism, philosophy, and social movements in Scarsdale, NY. Her family moved to California in 1990 and today she spends most of her time volunteering and playing with grandchildren who live nearby. She is active on the Boards of the Del Mar Foundation and the Friends of the Powerhouse.

What brought you to Del Mar?

It was the high tech boom. In 1990, my husband was asked to take this little company TurboTax public. We moved to California and our life has never been the same. Thank goodness I was the dutiful wife and followed!

What makes this town special to you?

I love the fact that it is a small town, feels like a small town, and that most citizens work very hard to preserve that sense. The Del Mar Foundation has so many opportunities (First Thursdays, the July 4th parade, the Egg Hunt in April, summer Twilight Concerts, and children’s activities throughout the year) which bring people together. We are a small town with an incredibly dedicated staff of city employees who keep our beaches safe, streets cleaned, and building development under control. Del Mar is indeed a special place.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the city?

Because we don’t have a lot of commercial development and because real estate is our greatest asset, I am sorry that we didn’t pass Prop N several years ago which would levy a tax on real estate transactions. Newcomers to town would have factored it into the cost of living in paradise and our budget woes wouldn’t be so great.

Who or what inspires you?

There are so many people who spend countless hours giving of themselves to make this world a better place. I am in awe of them.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I would find it entertaining to have dinner with a group of great writers and comedians. Maybe to mix it up: Jonathan Winters, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, with John Irving, Anna Quindlen, Philip Roth, Alice Munro, and Barbara Kingsolver. Should be good laughs!

And then, because I love family history so much, I am sure that I would have a second dinner with some of those early settlers to New England and New York. Can you imagine the stories they would have to tell!

Tell us about what you are currently reading.

I am actually having fun re-reading some old George Bernard Shaw plays, “Major Barbara,” in particular. But there is quite a stack on my nightstand right now, mostly books I wanted to read over the summer and didn’t find the time for. As a big fan of John Irving, I want to read his latest, “Last Night in Twisted River.” I also have Jeannette Walls’ new release, “Half Broke Horses,” there waiting.

What is your most-prized possession?

I asked my husband if he would like this honor and he laughed! He suggested our beach house, knowing how much I love it, and the cute story that goes along with its acquisition. My grandchildren (Connor and Ashley) said they would be thrilled to be listed when asked. And our new 14-week old puppy, Barley, is either wagging his tale over the idea, or he wants something to eat! My cup runneth over!

What do you do for fun?

I love scuba diving and seeing the world. I am fascinated by both the species above and below our oceans! My husband and I have been so fortunate to travel to remote locations that I could only dream about previously.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

It would have to be a happy marriage of 44 years and raising my two wonderful children, Andrea and Charlie.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

I suppose I have two. One is an old Quaker phrase, “Let Your Life Speak.” Be authentic, be conscious, and have the courage to live your life with conviction and purpose. And likewise, I believe we pass this way only once, so we better not only make it count, but enjoy every moment. I feel so grateful to be living in these times.