Thursday, March 13, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY


I hardly recognize myself but that's me at the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.  The convention mainly ran at night so I spent my days on the beach, which may account for that blond hair.  I can no longer explain why I smoked back then.  Or more important, why I wore a Nehru jacket!

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  1. But it does explain why all the chicks were in hot pursuit

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  2. Hey, Good looking! The cigarette seems huge.

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    1. Yes it does. Must have been the camera angle.

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  3. That is a large cigarette, what kind of tobacco did you use? Did it rhyme with Tijuana?

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    1. I can't explain that, Joe. As for the tobacco, it was normal . . either a Marlboro or a Kool. I was alternating those back in the day.

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  4. Bruce, looking cool. Love the photo.

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  5. You look like you are doing a Franklin Roosevelt immitation (after your name sake?). Nixon picking Agnew as a running mate at that convention may have only been matched by McCain picking Palin.

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    1. The only presidential and vice-presidential team to resign from office.

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  6. I can't remember the last time I saw a Nehru jacket. Back in the day my mom wanted to get one for my dad but he said he'd never wear one.

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    1. They do seem to provoke strong reactions, either for or against.

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  7. Well,..
    Are you sure that is a cigarette and not a pen, or marker of some sort? And as for the jacket-I'm surprised the Republicans let you anywhere near the convention hall.

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    1. No it was a cigarette. I remember getting on the convention floor the last night of the convention and standing right below Nixon on the podium as he was giving his speech.

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  8. Looks a bit like Hunter Thompson of the time, only with more hair. Nice pic....In '68 for a bit I worked the other side of the street on RFK's campaign in CA before being sent back to VN for 2nd tour. I had very similar glasses. Those were the days, eh?

    My wife's family knew Agnew's family, we had a letter from Judy A. starting "Spiro and I congratulate you on your wedding...", caused great hilarity among our friends.

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    1. Hunter was one of my heroes back then. That RFK campaign in California must have been a real heart-breaker. Then back to Nam. You must have been thinking "what did I do wrong?"

      But at least you had Judy and Spiro to cheer you up, eh?

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  9. And to think the Nehru jacket was made obsolete by the Leisure Suit. OMG....

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    1. I have some pictures of me reporting in one of those too!

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