|This picture was made of me within several months of |
Richard's Nixon's campaign stop in Knoxville, Tennessee,
on October 16, 1968.
Several of the girls in my high school were asked to be Nixonettes when Nixon made a presidential campaign stop at the Knoville Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. A Nixonette was to basically be a cheerleader for Nixon at the event and also to be adorned in red, white and blue. We were to meet at the school bus in the late afternoon for our trip to Knoxville. My friend Janet and I decided to wear our Top Hat (social club) uniforms, they were navy blue skirts and vests. The initials "TP" were on the vest but this was obscured by our "Nixon's The One " sash we were given that evening. We were also given a little hat that had a red or blue band on it with Nixon's name.
The words Republican or Democrat never entered my mind that evening. Janet and I were there for the fun and excitement. Besides, there might be some cute guys there. :-)
We were assigned our "spots" in the huge crowd and of course Janet and I were not ones to stay long in any spot.
We ventured out into the lobby area of the Coliseum and a few minutes later there were people scurrying around and the crowd parted with cameras flashing. It all happened so quickly but the next thing we knew there stood Richard Milhous Nixon right in front of us! He shook Janet's hand first! The next thing I knew he said "Hi" and shook my hand!
Janet and I could not wait to get back to our "spots" and brag to our friends that we had shaken hands with Richard Nixon. The next day I combed the local paper, perhaps our photograph was made with Nixon shaking our hand and I might find it in the newspaper. Janet and I loved telling our story the next day at school.
For many years I kept my little sash, hat and pins. I had not forgotten the term, "Nixonettes". Not long ago I was thinking of this event and was surprised to find as much as I did when I Googled "Nixonettes". It was a
fond memory and I laughed at some of the information I found on Google.
From New York Magazine, October 28, 1968:
The Nixonettes, school girls and secretaries dressed in red, white and blue, organized basketball cheers that drowned out the "Stop the War" chants from the back of the crowds.
~From Gloria Steinem on Learning to Live with Richard Nixon.
|Somehow I escaped getting to wear the paper uniforms.|
Some Nixonettes wore these paper dresses and jackets.
|Nixon flanked by The Nixonettes!|
Another quote I found ... "We cheer when our leader gives us the signal,
a Nixonette said, 'before and after President Nixon speaks' ... "
Just sharing some fond memories here on this blog. ♥