The cover that preceded the 1960 presidential election proclaimed, “Congratulations, Mr. Nixon — We were with you all the way.” If you flipped the magazine over, the alternative front cover read, “Congratulations, Mr. Kennedy — We were with you all the way.” The political hedging was a commentary, of course, on punditry and slippery journalism … and it is just as fresh today.
The magazine included little asides (drop-ins) tucked in the margins of the text. They were probably overlooked by many readers, but I savored them. My favorite: If Rosemary DeCamp (an actress of the ’40s) married William Kunstler (famous civil rights attorney), her name would be Rosemary DeCamp Kunstler. I loved that one because you had to “hear it,” in your head, not just see it in print.
I did very little research for this article, relying totally on memories from almost 50 years ago. My old teachers back in junior high school would probably have admonished that this is not a journalistic way to write about events that occurred a half-century ago. All I can say is: “What, me worry?”
Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at Wolfsie@aol.com.