Buttons | Campaigns and Special Events

Our View From Iowa

button0Hmmm…I wonder what’s in this box. There’s a little mildew on the edges. Better clean that up……. Oh! My old campaign buttons! Wow…these bring back some memories.

Back in the late ’60s, I was about to graduate from college. The country was in the throes of the Viet Nam War. I was unlucky in the draft lottery with the number 75. Many of you know what that meant. Deferments were harder to get. Some were eliminated. But, I got through college and was headed for a teaching job. That was still a deferred occupation. That didn’t stop me from protesting the war and collecting more buttons.

button2The presidential election winner in 1968 was Richard Nixon. My team of Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie lost. I got started with my teaching career in 1969 and tried to focus on that. But, soon the 1972 election was approaching. I chose to…

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