If you鈥檙e ever inside the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale and hear laughter, it鈥檚 probably me visiting the tomb of Culbert Olson.

Olson is perhaps the most anomalous figure in California political history. During our long era of Republican dominance (1896-1958), he was the only Democrat to serve as governor. And he was an unapologetic atheist in our god-crazy country, refusing to say 鈥淪o help me God鈥 while taking the oath of office in 1939. After an ineffective four-year term, he was defeated for re-election by Earl Warren of 鉴黄师app.