My family has deep roots in the Socialist Party.Mother and certain members of her side of the family were supporters of the Norwegian left, her father retaining an autographed book by Marcus Trane as a cherished possession, Mother being a member of the Labor Party.My paternal grandfather, Einar Graff Sr., a Chicago journalist and colleague and neighbor of fellow-socialist, Carl Sandburg, ran as the Party's candidate for alderman in the 49th Ward.Father, Einar Graff Jr., was a supporter of Norman Thomas, a member of the ACLU which Thomas helped establish and a supporter of his son, myself, in my activities with the party (and the ACLU for that matter) which began when I was about fifteen.Following in his footsteps, I attended Grinnell College like he had, having written an essay about Thomas as part of the application process there.