Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Memories of another campaign

Classmate Lynne and her sisters have been active in the 2008 campaign, and it brings back some memories of their mother, Rose.

"We know Mom would be happy with our work for Obama, as this reminds me of her work for Adlai Stevenson in 52 and 56. She loved to tell the story of the lady that gushed to Stevenson, "Oh, all thinking people will be voting for you," to which Stevenson replied, "Madam, that isn't enough." I can remember our dining room table full of envelopes, stamps and sheets of information and her ladies working and chattering away. Supper on those autumn nights was always early and homework was done on your bedroom floor (I had a desk by '56). They'd go door to door, too and off to Rockford and Chicago to rallies. They had a lot of fun. I think they knew they were losing, but losing with class, as Mom would say...."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We held a mock election in American History in 1956...between Ike and Adlai...and in grade school in 1952...Neil Johnston was the ring leader for Stevenson..who got 4 votes...I don't think he got many more in 1956. I do remember going to the town hall to watch the voting as part of our history lesson.