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Eddie Haskell nods to CUs at state legislative confab
NEW ORLEANS (8/4/08)--Ken Osmond, who played the character Eddie Haskell on television’s “Leave it to Beaver,” told assembled state legislators that his credit union helped his family save and plan for retirement. Osmond was the special guest during two events hosted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in conjunction with the annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in New Orleans on July 25. The events--a reception for legislators, preceded by a special photo opportunity--featured Osmond and his role as Haskell. Osmond, who became a police officer following the years in which he appeared on “Leave it to Beaver,” is a member of the Los Angeles Police CU. He spoke to the legislators following the screening of a video retrospective of his portrayal of Eddie Haskell. He also told the legislators, as well as representatives of eighteen state credit union leagues and CUNA staff who attended the reception, that he receives more fan mail now than when the show originally ran on network television. Osmond paid tribute to the benefits that credit unions provide to their members. He expressed appreciation to the Los Angeles Police CU for counseling him and his wife when they were first married to save and plan for their retirement, advice which he said had served him well. Legislators had a great time meeting and talking with Osmond and having their photos taken with him, according to CUNA State Governmental Affairs Vice President Chris Johnson.
Click to view larger image Pennsylvania State Representatives Chris Sainato (right) and Mark Longietti (left) met Ken Osmond during CUNA's reception for legislators. (Photo provided by CUNA)
State Reps. Chris Sainato and Mark Longietti, both of Pennsylvania, described meeting Osmond as a “fantastic” experience, and collaborated to film a video with the actor in the style of a news report on his appearance. State Rep. Richard Morrisette, of Oklahoma, said that meeting Osmond was a thrill for him because “he was my hero on ‘Leave It To Beaver.’” Morrisette added: “Some might even say that I am the Eddie Haskell of the Oklahoma Legislature.” CUNA’s Johnson said the events were part of the trade association’s ongoing effort to use creative means to remind state legislators who attend the Legislative Summit of how credit unions benefit their constituents. No credit union issues were on this year’s NCSL legislative policy agenda. However, Johnson pointed out that the policy will be considered at next year’s Legislative Summit in Philadelphia. Johnson said CUNA will be working with the state credit union leagues and key state legislators in the coming year to ensure that the current favorable policy is reaffirmed.
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