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  •  I see you said he lost (1+ / 0-)
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    my mistake in previous post, I saw he went up in the polls and didn't read close enough before I responded because it made me mad.

    •  he lost the Senate primary (4+ / 0-)
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      he was aiming for the Senate because he was term limited out of the governorship -- at least I think that's right. And then, in 1974 (76?), he ran for governor again and got re-elected. That's when I decided it was time to get my ass out of Ohio.

      That and the number of phone calls I got threatening my life. I remember so clearly one night my husband answering the phone and saying just, "Thank you." He then walked into the living room, with a complete straight face, and said, "I'm really tired of answering the phone to hear that you are going to be dead if you don't shut up."

      Moving thousands of miles away seemed like a good plan so, in August 1977, that's what we did. And I've never regretted it.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 11:53:55 PM PDT

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      •  You just made my jaw drop (1+ / 0-)
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        All of it. That he was re-elected later.

        That you got threats. Who were you speaking out to that they wanted you to shut up so much and who wanted you to? I bet that could bve a diary of it's own.

        I was shipped down to live with my dad in the early 70's for part of high school. He taught at the University in Athens Ohio, a pretty area. I've never been to Kent State but as I would stroll throug Athens and see the students I'd think about how another small university in the state had students who walked around their pretty campus with an innocence so suddenly lost. I know you can't blame a place or a state for an event but it was hard not to think of.

        I didn't know you were living there then. I am glad that you moved but also that you did not shut up.

        •  pick up your jaw, joynow! :) (2+ / 0-)
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          That you got threats. Who were you speaking out to that they wanted you to shut up so much and who wanted you to?

          I was writing letters to the editor and asking for books through interlibrary loan and arguing with people selling right-wing pro-Guard propaganda pamphlets on street corners and talking to anyone who had a story to tell about what had happened to them that day.

          I was DANGEROUS!

          When the governor came to town, I was called into my boss's office and sent home for the day because I had been identified as a potential threat to Rhodes. (And, you know what? I could sort of see that. I wouldn't have minded causing him pain.) I protested, however, that my plans for the day called for me to be in an entirely different county. But it didn't matter. I was sent home and people from the governor's detail sat on my front and my back porch for a couple hours while I sat inside. I doubt they had any legal authority to do it but, hey, what's a 20-something big-mouthed kid to do? I knew they could have killed me. They'd proven that, right?

          I look back at it and am somehow amused at my own reactions because, well, I didn't have a clue how to handle it then, nor do I now. Most of the calls were no doubt cranks angry at my LTTEs. But my phone was tapped and I was communicating regularly with the families of the dead and the core group of people who were researching events so I have no doubt "they" were watching me. They still are, right? Anyway, a few years ago, I decided I'm probably safer speaking out than keeping my mouth shut. At the very least, if I end up dead by the side of the road, a la Karen Silkwood, a few people will be suspicious.

          But, honestly, I don't think anymore they really care about Kent State. This is small potatoes compared to what they're focused on these days.  

          We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

          by kainah on Thu May 25, 2006 at 01:44:42 AM PDT

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          •  When he was re-elected.. (2+ / 0-)
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            I moved to Florida.  Ironically I used the $500 Vietnam bonus given to us by the State of Ohio to leave the state.

            I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers

            by Zwoof on Thu May 25, 2006 at 03:16:37 AM PDT

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