In June 1982, Congressman William E. Dannemeyer spoke on campus. A conservative Republican, he was known at the time for his anti-gay political positions. Along with fellow Republican Congressman Robert K. Dornan, Dannemeyer came to personify Orange County conservatism. Other speakers during this period included former Black Panther member Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998), who spoke during the final week of Black History Month in February 1998; Republican Congressman Ed Royce on April 13, 1999; and California State Assemblyman Dick Ackerman, who spoke at an open forum on April 30, 1999. One of the most controversial speakers proposed was conservative radio and television commentator Wally George (1931-2003). After Associated Students debated on whether to have George, who called himself the Father of Combat TV, he was scheduled in 1986, but his talk was later cancelled due to low ticket sales.