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Fri Jul 29, 2022, 03:04 PM Jul 2022

Two Years before This Photo Was Taken, I Was a Campaign Volunteer for JFK [View all]

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That photo of me and the family dog was taken 60 years ago, when I was 16 years old. Today, I'm 77 years old. It's incredible to me that the person that was that high school kid is still involved in politics and still trying to elect Democrats to office.

JFK was my introduction into Democratic politics. While much about me has changed, that 16-year-old is still alive in me, and still just as committed to trying to move the USA in a progressive direction. There have been many setbacks and challenges, but I still have the same hope in my heart that I had over sixty years ago. I'm still hoping to see more progress take place.

That's why I constantly post this on my posts on DU:

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Who's a good boy? No pwb Jul 2022 #1
The dog's name was Pal. MineralMan Jul 2022 #5
I literally touched RFK's pant leg ... Eliot Rosewater Jul 2022 #2
Yes. I was so hopeful when JFK was elected. MineralMan Jul 2022 #3
At both times I was too young to understand WHY they mattered or why I liked them. Eliot Rosewater Jul 2022 #4
Oddly enough, I remember the Presidential conventions from 1952. MineralMan Jul 2022 #7
I remember those also. Mickju Jul 2022 #25
Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #27
I was about one year old ... mbusby Jul 2022 #64
I happened to catch RFK doing a whistle stop gratuitous Jul 2022 #9
Happy Birthday Mineral Man, and many more! FakeNoose Jul 2022 #6
I'm a lot more grizzled now, for sure. MineralMan Jul 2022 #8
I was thinking the same thing... ailsagirl Jul 2022 #43
You've made a difference in the world with your advocacy. jmbar2 Jul 2022 #10
You were always sensitive to your soul's influence... Karadeniz Jul 2022 #11
Have a good birthday. Stay well. twodogsbarking Jul 2022 #12
Thanks. MineralMan Jul 2022 #22
I was younger when JFK got shot Jarqui Jul 2022 #13
Exactly. If everyone did that, we'd never lose. MineralMan Jul 2022 #17
Good for you, Jarqui. I wish I was more involved. My father and a sister definitely were. erronis Jul 2022 #62
I got quite attached to him Jarqui Jul 2022 #71
Beautiful paean. "His wind is still blowing in my sails." erronis Jul 2022 #79
Great pic. Thanks for sharing. Bristlecone Jul 2022 #14
Thanks. MineralMan Jul 2022 #21
Timeless attire. Bristlecone Jul 2022 #24
Yup. Men's fashion doesn't change much. MineralMan Jul 2022 #26
Happy Birthday MM and here's to many more. SheilaAnn Jul 2022 #15
I'm seven eleven years old now. MineralMan Jul 2022 #18
Happy Birthday, MM! LuckyCharms Jul 2022 #16
Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #19
What a wonderful photo!! ailsagirl Jul 2022 #20
Thanks. MineralMan Jul 2022 #23
Glad she did!! ailsagirl Jul 2022 #41
Happy Birthday MineralMan! Love the pic! SunSeeker Jul 2022 #28
Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #29
You are such a valuable part of DU. Happy Birthday!! Jade Fox Jul 2022 #30
That's very kind of you to say. MineralMan Jul 2022 #32
Nice memory. 2naSalit Jul 2022 #31
Thank you. MineralMan Jul 2022 #33
Wellll... 2naSalit Jul 2022 #35
U do good work Cherokee100 Jul 2022 #34
Thank you. MineralMan Jul 2022 #40
Same with me. I went to my first political rally for him at St. Brenden's school audtorium Peregrine Took Jul 2022 #36
Yes. He was a ray of hope. MineralMan Jul 2022 #38
Where does your name come from? Sucha NastyWoman Jul 2022 #37
Hi. I adopted that name years ago, MineralMan Jul 2022 #39
Yeah! Keep going, Mineral man, keep going! MLAA Jul 2022 #42
Pal. A Shepherd/Doberman mix. MineralMan Jul 2022 #46
Ahhh, husband had several shepards growing up in Minnesota and just loved them. MLAA Jul 2022 #60
Great pic!! Tree Lady Jul 2022 #44
I'm lucky. My Mom saved them all. MineralMan Jul 2022 #48
I am 66 and mom 94 is still alive Tree Lady Jul 2022 #51
Keep right on loving her. MineralMan Jul 2022 #56
I like to say I was born this way. Danmel Jul 2022 #45
Thanks for doing that! MineralMan Jul 2022 #47
I worked for LBJ and the League of Women Voters, starting in college. ananda Jul 2022 #49
Yay You! MineralMan Jul 2022 #50
Thank you for making a difference. What highs and lows we've seen, eh? nolabear Jul 2022 #52
May we all keep on trying! MineralMan Jul 2022 #53
Great photo! Joinfortmill Jul 2022 #54
Thanks to my mother. MineralMan Jul 2022 #57
Great photo! Joinfortmill Jul 2022 #55
Cabover camper? From the rear decor: lambchopp59 Jul 2022 #58
Yup. We had one. MineralMan Jul 2022 #65
Cool! H2O Man Jul 2022 #59
I volunteered for JFK too, Mineral Man. Got to see him in person from the third balcony rafters.... hedda_foil Jul 2022 #61
+100! MineralMan Jul 2022 #66
What a great thread, MinMan. Happy B'Day, & thanks for all the inspiration! Hekate Jul 2022 #63
Wow! Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #67
Happy Birthday MM Moostache Jul 2022 #68
Thanks so much! MineralMan Jul 2022 #76
I was just 5yo when JFK was assasinated AmBlue Jul 2022 #69
I was that age when Bill Clinton ran in '92 peppertree Jul 2022 #70
Thank you MM DENVERPOPS Jul 2022 #72
Love your activism AND your resolve! calimary Jul 2022 #73
Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #77
Nice photo, I love your dog 🐶 Raine Jul 2022 #74
He was a very good dog. MineralMan Jul 2022 #78
I remember being young and skinny. The Jungle 1 Jul 2022 #75
Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment... Swede Jul 2022 #80
A belated Happy Birthday to you! WestMichRad Jul 2022 #81
Lovely photo malaise Jul 2022 #82
Thanks! MineralMan Jul 2022 #86
This message was self-deleted by its author malaise Jul 2022 #83
Cool photo!. Elessar Zappa Jul 2022 #84
My younger brother Jack, was a volunteer in DC for RFK. appleannie1 Jul 2022 #85
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