The California Courier Harut Sassounian is a publisher, columnist and human rights activist. He publishes The California Courier, an English-language Armenian newspaper in Glendale. It is known for his weekly columns, which are reprinted in 200 other publications and websites. He is president of the Armenia Artsakh Fund, which ships medicine to Armenia. He was a non-governmental human rights delegate to the United Nations from 1978 to 1988, playing a key role in the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the U.N. in 1985. Sassounian is the author of “Armenian Genocide: The World Speaks Out,” and executive producer of the award-winning documentary: “Armenia: Bittersweet Freedom.” He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. ALMA MATER: Columbia University BEST ADVICE: Don’t take off your clothes before you see the water. FAVORITE BOOK: “The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Dealmaker in Capitalist History” by William Rempel. BUCKET LIST: Paris.