Robert Watson: In Memory: George McGovern
Huffington Post - over 4 years
One of the highpoints in my career was the opportunity to work with George McGovern. I first met the former U.S. senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee 12 years ago at one of the "McGovern Days" programs he offered for the people of his home state of South Dakota. As an admirer of the Senator's early and strong opposition to the Vietnam War and his tireless advocacy for human rights, I finagled my way into joining him on stage for a panel discussion on ending world hunger.
We hit it off well and, over dinner that evening, I offered my services to help the Senator with his dream of building a library and center dedicated to educating students, promoting social justice, and ending world hunger. After the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Public Leadership opened on the campus of his alma mater, Dakota Wesleyan University, the Senator invited me to serve on his center's board.
Like many politicians, the Senator was a people person. But, unlike
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