One of the first groups that had asked Pauling to speak about atomic weapons was the Independent Citizen’s Committee for the
Arts, Sciences, and Professions (ICCASP), a sort of artist’s and intellectual’s lobbying organization. Its politics were decidedly
left-wing, its members a polyglot of New Deal Democrats, Socialists, a few Communists, and many liberal members of the Hollywood
movie community. Pauling’s first talk to the group was well received, and he was invited to become a member. He and Ava Helen
were happy to join.
The ICCASP connected the Paulings with an exciting and glamorous crowd of activists who seemed to believe in "just the sort
of liberal politics that appeals to me," as Pauling put it. They were soon visiting studios, seeing movies being shot, attending
sneak previews, and partying with directors, producers, and stars. They chatted with Charlie Chaplin, visited Charles Laughton
in his home, and dined at the Brown Derby with Ronald Reagan (in his early, more liberal days). Pauling soon became the local
group’s vice-president and served on a national board of directors with Frank Sinatra, Thomas Mann, Duke Ellington, and Eleanor
Roosevelt. It was all very exciting for a couple from small-town Oregon.