12 November 2011

Politics-52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

Week 46. Politics. What are your childhood memories of politics?  Were your parents active in politics?  What political events and elections do you remember from your youth?

I don't have a lot of childhood memories of politics.  I remember not being allowed to watch John F. Kennedy's funeral.  I remember waking up one June morning to hear that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot.  I remember the night I heard the Martin L. King was assassinated.  Most of those events made headline news.

As far as memories of politics, it wasn't until Watergate that I paid much attention to politics.  I remember the television airways being bombarded with the hearings for this.

The first presidential election I voted in was the 1976 election.  Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford were the candidates.  I voted for Ford.  He was from Michigan, after all.  As we all know, he lost.  It turned out to be one of many times my vote didn't go to the winner.

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