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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!

19 comments:

Frank Phillippi said...

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

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

Oh, I wish!

Thérèse said...

Hey, Good looking! The cigarette seems huge.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

Yes it does. Must have been the camera angle.

joeh said...

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

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

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.

Steve said...

Bruce, looking cool. Love the photo.

Phil Perisich said...

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.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

Thanks.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

Except Nixon won.

Stephen Hayes said...

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.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

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

Tom Cochrun said...

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.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

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.

Phil Perisich said...

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

Should Fish More said...

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.

Franklin Bruce Taylor said...

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?

lowandslow said...

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

Catalyst/Taylor said...

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