Jerry Rubin (of the infamous “Chicago Seven” and radical from the 60’s) also read the resume story. He was now a network marketer making $60,000 a month selling nutritional products for a company called Omnitrition. His idea was to have me run his training center in Los Angeles and groom me to be his network marketing protégée.
Jerry called me up and said, “Bruce, you sold over a billion dollars of marijuana, basically via network marketing (or people to people marketing) and you’d be great selling Omnitrition, building a downline and running my Training Center in Los Angeles”.
So I moved to Los Angeles, lived with Jerry for 6 months and ran his training center for one year while Jerry taught me everything he knew about network marketing – both traditional network marketing training and his specific insights into the field in which he was clearly a creative genius in that area. At Omnitrition I excelled in that company and built up a very decent monthly check, becoming the top new distributor in that company.
During this time I discovered the opportunity in the rapidly growing telecommunications industry and later opened my own network marketing company in the telecommunications field called GlobalCom 2000. However, I stayed in close touch with Jerry and when he died (hit by a car while Jay Walking – breaking the rules to the end) we were collaborating on a book called “The Capitalist Manifesto” which is a new paradigm in how to operate in a Capitalistic environment. Today I call the concepts we were working on “Compassionate Capitalism” or “Quantum Economics”. It operates totally different than the way economics works today with different laws, realities and results. However, that is a story for another time and place.
Jerry Rubin was a leading figure in the movements of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. A colorful, controversial and historical figure; and for me a great friend and colleague – one I will always remember with fondness and with love.