From our political family album


earching the AP Archives (a dangerous thing to let me do, given that I’m the World’s Most Easily Distracted Man) for a suitable picture of Fritz Hollings for the Sunday op-ed page (which in the end I didn’t use; Robert volunteered a caricature instead), I ran across the one above, which has the following caption:

State Sen. Edgar Brown, D-Barnwell, left, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., center, and Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., leave the Darlington Presbyterian Church, Sept. 20, 1972, after paying their final repects to the late state Sen. James P. Mozingo. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky)

Note the hats — evidently, Strom and Sen. Brown had still not received the JFK memo.

Riffing on that as I am wont to do, just out of curiosity to see what an Edgar Brown search would turn up, I found the one below. I like it as a sort of alternative moment from the convention for which Abbie Hoffman and Richard Daley pere are better remembered. The caption:

South Carolina Gov. Robert McNair, right, listens as he and Sen. Edgar Brown, left, and Gov. John West hold a private conference on the fire escape of their Chicago Hotel on Monday, Aug.26,1968 in Chicago. The three men are part of the South Carolina delegation to the Democratic National Convention which gets underway Monday. (AP Photo)

No, this post doesn’t have any point; I’m just sharing…

3 thoughts on “From our political family album

  1. Brad Warthen

    Maybe they were just trying to stay away from the Yippies and Mayor Daley. That’s what I would have been doing.

    I thought it was nice to see Govs. West and McNair again, especially Gov. West, as I knew him better and he was always very cordial to me. I had a nice chat with his son the other day at the reception that Kathleen Parker wrote about last week — which was a deeply impressive event, by the way.

    I never had the opportunity to know Sen. Brown, other than by his reputation. Back in those days the Legislature had real power, and he had more than the rest.

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