Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 403


Larry Berg was born July 30, 1939 to Carl and Zene Berg and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He has lived in California for almost forty years, teaching political science at the University of Southern California and speaking throughout the country on environmental issues. He serves on the Air Quality Management District Board, South Coast. He is an outspoken proponent of environmental initiatives, public health issues and Democratic philosophy.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background/growing up; early experiences campaigning; leaving politics; forming an institute; environmental work; meeting Muskie; Hubert Humphrey; Santa Barbara oil spill; party differences; anecdote about Muskie and Leon Billings; Muskie visiting the University of Southern California; Muskie leaving the secretary of state’s office; interview with reporter from the New York Times; the political system; campaign finance; influential industries; speech writing; Muskie’s major contributions; public healthcare; and Clean Air legislation.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.