Thursday, July 7, 2016


Today is a day to remember for Arizona and U.S. historians.

July 7th, 1981, a mere 35 years ago, was the day President Ronald Reagan nominated a judge from Arizona, Sandra Day O'Connor, to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

When her confirmation hearings began in the U.S. Senate the television station I was working for at the time in Phoenix sent a crew to Washington to document the momentous occasion.

Ron Talley (on the left) was the reporter and I was the field producer.

Wally Athey, who probably took this picture, was the photographer.

O'Connor was confirmed by the Senate and served 25 years on the high court, marking her spot in the history books.

Today there are three women on the court.


Tom Cochrun said...

Historic indeed, including seeing you in a tie.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, looking good.


Zhoen said...

Seems like yesterday.

Val said...

Ah...the era of the wide lapel.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Nice picture of you, Bruce.
This is off-subject but as you like birds visiting your bird bath, I thought you'd be interested in this:

Catalyst said...

Natalie, thank you. That's a great story.

Stephen Hayes said...

I always respected her, and it was sad when she retired to take care of her husband, who had Alzheimer's.