He was a hospital administrator in Charleston, South Carolina and helped to negotiate the end of a strike involving hospital workers and his employer that started in April, 1969. Color newsfilm of this strike and the negotiators is avilable at the Unviersity of South Carolina (ask Stephen for directions). The strikers wore blue hats. This fact has led some to cite this incident as the source for Stephen's hatred of all blue causes and political parties.
Dr. J.W. Colbert had many black friends, such as the black friends who helped out during the hospital strikeEpisode #341:
- Reverend Ralph Abernathy
- Coretta Scott King
- Andrew Young