This series of articles is about my short interactions with these people. Just because I have met these people doesn't mean that I was famous or involved in organizations at a high level. I was just a worker bee in several causes that brought me into the circle that exposed me to the famous.
George Wallace was a symbol of everything I hated about politics. The segregationist Governor of Alabama he was famous for standing in the door of the University of Alabama to prevent black students from enrolling.
In 1972 he was a candidate for President of the United States when he was paralyzed in an assassination attempt on May 15, 1972. I was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach that year and Wallace spoke from the convention floor on July 11th.
|George Wallace (Public Domain Photo)|
I can remember the buzz on the floor of the convention when we heard that Wallace would be speaking. The Utah delegation (my state at that time) was seated in the front row of the convention and security was the highest that I had ever seen. All of our bags and briefcases were searched and their were hundreds of uniformed and undercover security personnel surrounding the podium. It took quite a while to get Wallace to the stage and then up to the podium so that he could speak. Keep in mind this was just two months after the assasination attempt.
Never the less, the audience was very respectful and we all listened to every minute of his speech. This was truly one of those lifetime events that I would remember forever.
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