If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I should have learned some other stuff. – Unknown
Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
My first “venture” into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine year-old I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came back to our home in Missouri on some weekends.
One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three-by-five inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. A few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path, wrecking us and totaling both vehicles.
I think my parents voted for Humphrey that year.
Although my first campaign sign was lost in that wreck, for some reason I still managed over the years to collect a few campaign bumper stickers and buttons. Some of these belonged to my dad: