Looking back to 1972...
|Judy, circa 1972|
And so I did. For the next four months I volunteered 3-4 times per week at the local Alhambra, CA McGovern headquarters, I trained to register people to vote, and every weekend I walked the streets of East Los Angeles helping people to register to vote. I proudly wore my McGovern political buttons, sadly putting away the McGovern-Eagleton button when Senator Eagleton left the ticket on August 1, 1972, while welcoming Sargent Shriver to the ticket.
|Judy's 40 year old campaign buttons|
We all know the outcome of the 1972 election. Nixon won by an historic landslide and by August 8, 1974, we watched as Nixon resigned resulting from the Watergate scandal that began on June 17, 1972.
Beyond 1972Since 1972 I have never "worked" for another campaign. I always stayed informed and always voted, encouraged my children to study history and to understand the importance of their franchise. After the 2000 election I volunteered to be a poll worker in California and continued to work the polls here in Pima County, AZ.
Saying good-bye to Senator McGovern...Today isn't about me or even my fond and vivid memories of supporting Senator McGovern's campaign, it is more about the man who was my parents' peer, who fought in WWII, who loved history and eventually became a history professor, US Representative and US Senator. It is also about a man who was a lifelong advocate for peace which he practiced by working diligently as a Senator and serving as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1998 - 2001.
My fondest keepsake from 1972 was a poster designed by the artist Corita Kent. She was also my parents' peer and her artwork spoke to social causes. If you click on the photo below, it will enlarge and you can see the famous Corita signature and read Sargent Shriver's message.
Come home America...George McGovern, 1972