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On October 29th, 1976, my mom took me out of school to see Jimmy Carter at a rally at Southwyck Mall in Toledo. Long before then-candidate Carter arrived, working the crowd was then-former Senator Howard Metzenbaum, who paused to shake the hand of a young Democrat still six years too young to vote. A few hours later, Jimmy Carter did the same. Four days later, both men were on their way to Washington.

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9 comments so far

  1. tharain on

    That’s fabulous. What a cool thing.

    But omg, the hair! The clothes! The white turtleneck, camel colored jacket, and mustache on the guy on the right!

    :shivers with remembering::

    But we need people like Metzenbaum. NOW.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Yeah, I never noticed that guy before — and I have NO idea who he is — because this picture’s always been about me meeting Metzenbaum. But that’s very scary Seventies going on right there. XD

  2. cashewlou on

    I have to be honest; the very first time I saw a picture of Metzenbaum–out of context, mind you–I thought he looked like the right-wing evangelist type. After all, he wasn’t a farmboy-with-sleeves-rolled-up like Tom Harkin or a demented little gnome like Paul Wellstone. o(:o)

    Gods, was I ever wrong! Political heroes of his stripe are scarce these days; we can only hope a new crop of folks unashamed to wear the Liberal brand are waiting in the wings.

    I tried to personalize this loss, imagining what it would be like if Tom Harkin were to pass on. I would be devastated; he is like a member of the family to me, and is one of the very, very few politicians who I genuinely thought gave a flying crap about real people.

    So my heart goes out to you for the loss of Senator Metzenbaum. And for your having to wear that outfit in public! o(:o)

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I wasn’t the guy in the heinous turtleneck and camel leisure suit! I’m the little guy in the red high school jacket!

      Metzenbaum was *very* rich — he founded APCOA: the parking lot company. And he had something to do with founding Avis car rentals. His son-in-law was Joel Hyatt, of Hyatt Legal Services (who I didn’t know was an Ohioan until he ran to replace his father-in-law). But he was a ferocious, fiery and proud Liberal, who embraced the name even as The Side Opposite tried to turn it into an insult. Certainly Harkin and he were natural allies.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Oh, and Metz was a Cleveland Jew… one of the more non-right-wing-evangelical classifications, I have to think. :)

  3. ataniell93 on

    Shit, Metzenbaum died?

    You were adorable.

  4. surakofb5 on

    That’s awesome. It’s a shame he’s gone.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I always felt good knowing our Senators were centrist Glenn and leftist Metzenbaum. I was heartbroken that DeWine succeeded him… although delighted that Brown has supplanted DeWine. One may hope that Voinovich either finally breaks with the Kool-Ade drinking wing of his own party (he’s shown flashes of intellect, I have to admit — and I am a confirmed Voinovich-hater), or is defeated by another Dem on his next go-round.


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