The Washington Post

Read this, Tampa edition: RNC ‘72 page recalls close encounter with senator; partying with the mega-donors

Other interesting convention stories in The Washington Post:

Ann Gerhart working that patriotic vest in Miami, 1972. (AP file photo)

“Mr. Thurmond looked up and I handed him the message. . . ‘You’re really shapely,’ he said, with a syrupy Southern accent and a twinkle in his eye. ‘Where are you from?’ I told him I was from Pennsylvania, and when I walked away, he patted me on the rear end.”

Ann Gerhart’s contemporaneous account of her encounter with the late Sen. Strom Thurmond as a 16-year-old page at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami. Our colleague recalls the contradictions of an era when women were identified in news stories by their husbands’ names (“Mrs. John Eisenhower”) but the GOP platform called for an Equal Rights Amendment. Her uniform: “red, white and blue vest printed with stars and stripes. . . which I wore over a white Quiana shirt, atop a short royal blue accordion pleated skirt.” Are there vintage photos? Oh yes. . .

In other news: The five-figure donors stay in St. Petersburg, party on yachts with Cayman Island flags, and hang out with the Adelsons: Scenes from the Tampa parties we can’t get into, from our colleagues Jason Horowitz and Dan Eggen. . . Ultra-conservatives watch college football and “Antiques Roadshow,” while mild Republicans prefer “Rules of Engagement” – according to a new study of TV viewing by political affiliation, reports our colleague Lisa de Moraes.

Full Republican convention coverage

Earlier in The Reliable Source:

Who’s the fourth kid with the Paul Ryan family? Chloe Romney

GOP women in red on convention stage: Was there a memo going around? (photos)

Quoted: Josh Romney on continuing the Romney dynasty

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry loses home to storm

GOProud puts economics before gay marriage at ‘Homocon’ dance party in Tampa



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