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:
Welcome to another almost award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”
Disclaimer: “Caught My Eye” may be too intense for some viewers.
If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.
Today I write about the events surrounding John Walsh pulling out of the U.S. Senate race, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and online dating, and Beartooth NBC getting aggressive on the wrong issue. I also write about Richard Nixon, Peter Frampton, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!
The Cold War isn’t thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn’t sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting. – Richard M. Nixon
The last few weeks have been interesting with talk of a new Cold War between the United States and Russia. Recently one of Australia’s major news sites reported, “The Cold War is back” and for those of us who served during the last Cold War let me just say that we are tan, rested, and ready for this fight!
Happy New Year! Thanks for taking time out of your holiday schedule to read “Thursday Numbers.”
If this is your first time, this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).
This week I write about Bon Jovi, ObamaCare, unemployment, new laws for 2014, the speed limit, deaths on the roads, tax breaks, Antarctic rescue, stamps, bowl games, SiriusXM Pigskin Pick ‘em, Phil Robertson, Beyoncé, and much more!
Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”
If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).
This week I write about Powerball, tons of quarters, SNAP program, Sen. Jon Tester and Citizens United, unemployment, Wal-Mart, President Richard Nixon, cosponsors, Montana: “We can talk about this,” A-Rod, Taco Bell, marijuana, worst governors, a massive blob, Bob Filner, furlough days, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, and much more!