The news about the Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa reminded me of my own experience with the Republican Convention held from August 5 to August 8, 1968 in Miami Beach. I attended the convention as an "aide" for the Arkansas delegation, and was in Miami a few days prior to its start until its end. My expenses were paid, either directly or indirectly, by Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller (WR).
|Groovy Nixon Youth Poster (Note "Milhous" Button)|
How many people in the poster do you recognize? Clint Eastwood is near
Wilt Chamberland in the back
A Serious Young Republican
|The Cadillac looked like this. From mywvhome.com|
|I don't have a picture of |
Everett Ham, but recall that he
looked something like this,
with a flat top and larger jowls
|Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich|
|A Postcard showing the Fontainebleu Hotel in the 1960s from |
|Eden Roc Room List for Arkansas Republicans Attending the 1968 National Convention in Miami Beach|
A list of people from Arkansas staying at the Eden Roc Hotel during the convention contains about 112 names. These include the delegates and alternates, state Republican officials, various Rockefeller employees, and young "aides," such as myself. The younger crew included, among others, Joe Binz Jr., Ronnie Kendrick, Margo Dunaway (Arkansas Junior Miss, 1963), Laretta McElroy, and Debbie Wilson. The names of the Arkansas biggies included Truman Altenbaumer, Charles Bernard, Tom Eisele, J.P. Hammerschmidt, Cass Hough, Lynn Lowe, Lillian McGillicuddy, George Nowatny, and Odell Pollard.