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Carlson: A George McGovern Tribute

Chris Carlson of the Carlson Chronicles remembers reporting on the 1972 Democratic National Convention that nominated South Dakota Sen. George McGovern:

A truly decent man had been slandered and demonized beyond belief.  Especially puzzling to many was McGovern’s failure to reference or even talk about the fact that he was a legitimate and decorated war hero having piloted a B-24 through 35 dangerous missions over Europe during World War II. Like many veterans, he’d seen war up close and understood that too often old men full of false bravado send young men off to die in the misadventures created by their bluster. What I will most remember McGovern for though is the fine, poignant and sad book he wrote, entitled Terry, about he and Eleanor losing a beloved and talented daughter to alcoholism.  It was an honest, candid, unsparing account of their ultimately unsuccessful effort to save her from her eventual premature death. More here. (AP file photo of McGovern from January 2012)

Question: Did you vote in the 1972 presidential election?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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