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pAo00 4 1 BEVERLY HILLS NEWS Design is her love, but Eve Garvin00 passion is politics I i i u iii U l Bq Bruce Stinshoff Involvement with liberal causes and candidates got her on Richard Nixon's enemies' list. ve Garvin has been in 10ve with the art of interior design since she was a child, has never done anything else for a living and couldn't imagine a different career. "1 love what I do," she said. "1 love teach- ing it, I love doing it, I love everything about it...I can walk into the Pacific Design Center, pick up a piece of fabric an8 it changes my mood for the entire day." There is, however, another side to Garvin, the instructor of an interior design class for lay persons at Roxbury Community Center. Design may be Garvin's love, but politics is her passion. While most everyone else seemed to like lke beck in the '50s, Gawin was hard at work trying to get Adlai Stetenson elected president in 1956. That first involvement in the world of poli- tics neady 40 years ago set the tone for the rest of her life -- a lifetime of working on behalf of liberal causes and candidates that continues to this date with her involvement in the National Women's Politic Caucus and F.A.I.R. (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting). Along the way Garvin befriended the likes $100 A DAY MINIMUM AS PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS IN FILM OR T.V. ONE DAY TRAINING SBSlON of George McGovem and Lawton Chiles, and found herself on Richard Nixon's famed ene- mies' list for her involvement in the Vietnam- era anti-war movement. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, who relocated to Beverly Hills just six months ago when her daughter moved here from New York, Garvin helped launch George McGov- em's 1972 presidential campaign in her home state and established the Michigan chapter of Common Cause. She also helped pass the state's first "lemon law" after she couldn't get her dealership to take care of a noise being made by her new Audi. "1 went back (to the dealership) 16 times in one year," she said. =Finally, I had had it...I had to do something. I was not going to be stuck with that car." Accompanied by her husband Nathan, a prominent attorney in the upscale Michigan community, Gawin went to the dealership after it was dosed with a can of spray paint, sprayed "Audi stinks and so does the service here" on the front window, and then called the local television stations. It was so cold that the paint wouldn't come out of the can at first, she remembers, noting she and her husband had to ask two men who were passing by in their car to heat up the can on their radiator. "In the end, they issued a restning order that I couldn't come near their property," she said, "but the next year we got the lemon law passed." Although her passion has been for candi- dates and causes well to the left of the political spectrum, Garvin's life has crossed paths with Richard Nixon's on two occasions. It was during the Eisenhower days that Garvin almost ran into the then-vice president during a trip to Washington. While walking down the street with a friend, Garvin stopped Nixon as he was walking out of his apartment building -- alone without any Secret Service protection -- and persuaded him to pose for a A BRIDE C,00gT 600 China Patterns 300 Crystal Patterns 280 Silver Patterns BRIDES PREFER GEARY'S 5m'22-28,1994 picture with her. "I've always kept that shot because people know my politics," she said. Garvin's second contact was indirect. It came after she and her husband learned that they were on Nixon's enemies' list and that the FBI and local police agencies had been keeping them under surveillance. Both obtained copies of the files the government had kept on them through the Freedom of Information Act. "Everything that we had done, they knew," she said. "All of our friends, they knew. Freedom of expres- sion, freedom of protest, we were spied upon. It's amaz- ing that they wasted so much time and money on people like us." Eve Garvin in the living room Bonnie Lipton, chair of Hadassah's major gifts department, will be the guest speaker at the Beverly Hills chapter of Hadassah's 20th annual major gifts gala. The 8ala begins at 7 p.m., Sunday, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. For information, call (310) 276-0036. Saturday Independent Writers of Southern Cali- fomia seminar on =nonfiction book propos- als that sell." $25. Information: (310) 558- 4090. Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women 12-hour serf defense class for women, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday arid Sunday, at Health Soume Medical Group Education Center, 8701 W. Third St. $125, but no woman will be turned away for lack of funds. Information: (310) 273-2334, ext. 176 or 141. Monday Independent Writers of Southem Cali- fornia panel discussion on "insider tips for nat from Thffd St 141. Korbatov, doing and 10 a.m. AvenUe at at to evetltS Bulletin mailed or advance her Cienega CA