Carol McCain
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Carol McCain
Carol Shepp McCain is a former model, director of the White House Visitors Office, and event planner. She was the first wife of United States Senator and two-time presidential candidate John McCain.
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Mr. Keegan Eugene McCain - Amarillo.com
Google News - over 5 years
13, 2003, in Pampa. Keegan is survived by his wife; three sons, Dominic, Blake and Jameson McCain of Miami; his parents, Ronnie and Carol McCain of Pampa; his grandmother, Jean Carter of Pampa; and a sister, Kim Raulston of Panhandle
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Jacks: Some Kingman schools will have new start times - Kingman Daily Miner
Google News - over 5 years
It's going to be a big year for Cedar Hills, as it recently reopened the middle school portion of the school. "Our goal is to create self-sufficient students, both academically and socially," said Carol McCain, the school's administrator
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THE LONG RUN; Behind McCain, Washington Outsider Wanting Back In
NYTimes - over 8 years
Cindy McCain was new to Washington and not yet 30 when she arrived at a luncheon for Congressional spouses to discover a problem with her name tag. It read ''Carol McCain.'' That was the well-liked wife John McCain had left to marry Cindy, to the disapproval of many in Washington. Fearing that the slight was intentional, she slinked to a half-empty
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THE LONG RUN; Taste of Senate Set Capt. McCain on a New Path
NYTimes - over 8 years
At a meeting in his Pentagon office in early 1981, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman told Capt. John S. McCain III that he was about to attain his life ambition: becoming an admiral. But Mr. McCain, the son and grandson of revered Navy admirals, was having second thoughts about following his family's vocation. He had spent the previous four
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P.O.W. to Power Broker, A Chapter Most Telling
NYTimes - almost 17 years
In his tiny cubicle in the Russell Senate Office Building, in the lowest foothills of political power, a frustrated Navy officer wrestled with friends over what to do with his life. It was 1979, and it was becoming clear that he would never make admiral like his father and grandfather. He had always dreamed of doing something great, of imprinting
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BRIEFING
NYTimes - about 34 years
All Hail to the Redskins T he attention usually given the President's budget is threatened by the Super Bowl, which this year includes the only unassailable institution in town: the Redskins. It needs no sophisticated poll to determine the importance Washington places on tomorrow's showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Ridgewell's, the catering
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WHITE HOUSE REMAINS EVER POPULAR
NYTimes - over 34 years
While the decline in the economy has caused a slowdown in the annual summer flow of tourists to many Washington attractions, the White House remains the most consistent draw. ''We're packed to the hilt,'' said Carol McCain, director of the White House tour office. Last year, 1,117,108 tourists passed through the White House during the 250 days it
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A FANTASY IS A-BUILDING FOR THE REAGAN EGG-ROLL
NYTimes - almost 35 years
From the attic of a 151-year-old house here come the inspirations that animate Easter, Christmas and Independence Day at the White House. This is where Richard Rovsek thinks. Today he is thinking about Bullwinkle the Moose. The Bullwinkle balloon from Macy's Thanksgiving parade, Mr. Rovsek feels, may supply the elusive piece de resistance to the
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OTHER BUSINESS; TOURISM: WASHINGTON'S OTHER DEFICIT
NYTimes - almost 35 years
WASHINGTON They come to see everything from the Declaration of Independence to the Giant Pandas, and traditionally, they begin to really flock this weekend, for the opening of the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is also the kickoff of the Washington tourism season. But this winter the tourists didn't come, and Washington officials are concerned. The
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WHITE HOUSE TOUR LEADER COURTED AND CRITICIZED
NYTimes - over 35 years
Six thousand visitors troop through the White House each day, and there are days when an equal number must be turned away. A Brownie troop from Indiana, an elderly group from Des Moines, 1,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Gay Men's Chorus from San Francisco, a needlepoint club from Detroit, 350 contestants in the
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TRUCE, OF SORTS, ON WHITE HOUSE TOURS
NYTimes - over 35 years
They may not have achieved peace and harmony, but Representative Thomas J. Downey and the office of the First Lady, Nancy Reagan, have agreed to glower and make up. As a result, Mr. Downey's Long Island constituents will be able to go on tours of the White House again. Like all Congressmen, Democrats and Republicans, Mr. Downey used to enjoy the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carol McCain
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 69
    She supported his 2008 presidential campaign and told The Mail on Sunday in June 2008 she was not bitter and that, "He’s a good guy.
    More Details Hide Details We are still good friends. He is the best man for president."
  • 2003
    Age 64
    In 2003, Carol McCain retired and moved to a bungalow in Virginia Beach.
    More Details Hide Details She did not marry again, but she did have several relationships. She continues to have difficulty walking as a result of her accident four decades earlier.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 52
    During 1991, she was a spokesperson for the Desert Storm Homecoming Foundation, which held a $12 million victory celebration and memorial in Washington in June 1991 following the conclusion of the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.
    More Details Hide Details She later worked in press relations for the National Soft Drink Association in Washington.
  • 1990
    Age 51
    By 1990, she was a spokesperson for Washington, Inc., a large event planning company.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 48
    She left the White House Visitors Office position in January 1987 to join Philadelphia-based We the People 200, Inc., which was the organization planning the celebration for the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution that year.
    More Details Hide Details She was named programming director, part of We the People 200's senior management team. The bicentennial project was already troubled by lack of corporate financial sponsorship and persistent internal conflicts; the high salaries of McCain and other senior staff came under some criticism, but were defended by the organization's president as justified based upon age and experience.
  • 1982
    Age 43
    Despite the divorce, Carol McCain has remained on good terms with John McCain and has supported him in all his subsequent political campaigns. She refused to discuss her marriage with an election opponent of McCain's in 1982 who was seeking negative information about him, telling the opponent that "a gentleman never would have called".
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  • 1981
    Age 42
    Between 1981 and 1986, she greatly expanded the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, adding participatory activities and doubling the size of the crowds attending.
    More Details Hide Details The Washington Post likened her "extravaganza-loving" event style to that of Cecil B. DeMille. She was also involved in planning South Lawn State Arrival Ceremonies, as well as a national Christmas celebration.
    In 1981 she became Director of the White House Visitors Office.
    More Details Hide Details There she planned tours and dealt with the pleas of different groups for the limited slots available. She also dealt with demands from Washington officials, including a dispute regarding tour slots between Nancy Reagan and New York Congressman Thomas Downey. About the pressures of her job, she said cheerfully: "I'm always in tears, but I love the job. I'm really having a ball." During the early 1980s recession, she declared that the White House tours were fully booked even when other Washington attractions saw declining attendance; her office processed well over one million visits a year. She was a well-liked presence on the Washington social scene.
    She was director of the 1981 Reagan inaugural ball, and as the Reagan administration began, she handled scheduling for the First Lady and the Reagan children.
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  • 1980
    Age 41
    Carol McCain was sued by Roberta McCain, John's mother, in 1980 for return of personal property; the suit was settled out of court in 1981.
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    John McCain and Hensley were married on May 17, 1980.
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    The McCains stopped cohabiting in January 1980; he filed for divorce in February 1980, which she accepted. When asked by a friend what had gone wrong, she said, "It's just one of those things." The uncontested divorce became official in Fort Walton Beach on April 2, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details John McCain would later say, "My marriage's collapse was attributable to my own selfishness and immaturity more than it was to Vietnam, and I cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the war. The blame was entirely mine." Carol McCain later said, "The breakup of our marriage was not caused by my accident or Vietnam or any of those things. I don't know that it might not have happened if John had never been gone. I attribute it more to John turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again than I do to anything else." McCain's biographer Robert Timberg believes that "Vietnam did play a part, perhaps not the major part, but more than a walk-on." According to Carol, her husband's five-year captivity in Vietnam had left him wanting to "make up for lost time", and John put it this way: "I had changed, she had changed... People who have been apart that much change." Ross Perot later said, "After he came home, he walked with a limp, she McCain walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona McCain, his current wife and the rest is history." Carol’s three children were initially upset with John McCain about the divorce, but later reconciled.
  • 1979
    Age 40
    Carol McCain moved to La Mesa, California, where she lived for several months with the family of top Reagan associate Edwin Meese. She became a personal assistant to Nancy Reagan in fall 1979, working with her as a press assistant on Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, and then worked on the 1980 Republican National Convention.
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    In April 1979, John McCain began a relationship with Cindy Lou Hensley, an Arizona special education teacher and Hensley & Co. heiress.
    More Details Hide Details John McCain pushed to end the marriage, and friends described Carol as being in shock.
    By 1979, the McCains were still living together.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 37
    Carol McCain was the Clay County director for Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign, as he sought the Republican Party nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Her husband's assignments as executive officer, then commanding officer, of A-7 attack squadron VA-174 at NAS Cecil Field required the couple lead an active social life. Such engagements included entertaining other naval personnel at their Orange Park home and Ponte Vedra beach house. The McCains' marriage began to falter due to his extramarital affairs. John McCain's next assignment was to the Senate Liaison Office within the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs. The McCains separated briefly, then rejoined. His job was aided by the social life the couple conducted, entertaining Navy, government, and other people three to four nights a week at their Alexandria, Virginia home. During this time she worked for Congressman John H. Rousselot.
  • 1973
    Age 34
    The McCains were reunited upon his release from captivity on March 14, 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She was now four inches (ten centimeters) shorter, in a wheelchair or on crutches, and substantially heavier than when he had last seen her; he was also visibly hampered by his injuries and the mistreatment he had endured from the North Vietnamese. The McCains became frequent guests of honor at dinners hosted by Governor of California Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan, and the two couples became friendly.
  • 1970
    Age 31
    Carol was interviewed on CBS Evening News in 1970 and said Christmas had no meaning for her without her husband but that she carried on with it for their children.
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  • 1969
    Age 30
    While visiting her family in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve 1969, Carol McCain skidded and crashed into a telephone pole as she was navigating icy, isolated country roads while driving alone.
    More Details Hide Details She was thrown from her car into the snow, going into shock. Hours later she was found and taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital. She had two smashed legs, a broken pelvis, broken arm, and a ruptured spleen. She spent six months in the hospital and underwent 23 operations over the following two years in order to rebuild her legs with rods and pins as well as undergo extensive physical therapy. She did not tell her husband about the accident in her letters, believing he already had enough to worry about, and the U.S. State Department warned her surgeon not to mention anything to the press, lest it worsen his treatment in captivity. Businessman and POW advocate Ross Perot paid for Carol's medical care, and she remained grateful, later remarking: "The military families are in Ross's heart and in his soul There are millions of us who are extremely grateful to Ross Perot". Years after John found out about Perot's help, he said "we loved him for it".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 28
    John McCain was shot down and badly injured over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967, beginning what would be five and a half years as a prisoner of war.
    More Details Hide Details During his captivity, she raised their children by herself in Orange Park, Florida, with the assistance of friends and neighbors in the Navy-oriented community. She sent frequent letters and packages to him, few of which the North Vietnamese let through. She became active in the POW/MIA movement, while those around her wore bracelets with her husband's name and capture date on them.
  • 1966
    Age 27
    The McCains then had a daughter named Sidney in September 1966.
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  • 1965
    Age 26
    On July 3, 1965, Shepp married McCain in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, John McCain adopted her two children.
  • 1964
    Age 25
    Shepp met McCain again when he was stationed at the Naval Air Basic Training Command at Pensacola in 1964 and after her first divorce, they began dating.
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    The couple subsequently divorced in June 1964, after she sued him for infidelity.
    More Details Hide Details Five feet eight inches tall, Shepp was a swimsuit and runway model for Jantzen swimwear in Philadelphia.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 19
    In 1958 she married one of his midshipman classmates, Alasdair E. Swanson, who had been a football and basketball star there.
    More Details Hide Details She and her husband, who became a Navy pilot, had two children, Douglas (born 1959) and Andrew (born 1962), and lived in Pensacola, Florida.
  • 1954
    Age 15
    Carol Shepp grew up in Philadelphia. She first knew John McCain while he was attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1954 to 1958.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Born
    Born on February 19, 1938.
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