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How did you spend election night on Nov. 3, 1964 when U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater got trounced by Lyndon Johnson

Election night 1964.
I'm second from the right in this picture. The guy standing up was the local prosecutor's son.

I was a senior at T.L. Handy High School in Bay City, Michigan and I was a young political activist excited about the candidacy of Barry Goldwater for president.  I had read his book, The Conscience of a Conservative, several times and was attracted by his political views which emphasized individual rights.  

Goldwater stood out with his honesty and boldness.  He was influential in persuading Richard Nixon to resign the presidency during the Watergate days.

As a high schooler, I got involved in his local campaign which was centered out of the Bay County Republican headquarters in a storefront on Washington Street.

This picture taken by the Bay City Times shows several of us younger ones on election night watching results on television.  Goldwater had a historic loss.

 

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