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One More George McGovern Memory (or Two)

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A lot has been said and is being said about former Senator George McGovern in the aftermath of his death, and I’ve thought of a couple of things I haven’t passed along.

In his 1980 campaign for re-election, the one he lost to Republican Jim Abdnor, George McGovern was the reason Peter, Paul and Mary came to Sioux Falls to play a concert.

I think it was a fundraiser, and as a journalist I was uncomfortable about attending for obvious reasons.

But a friend had tickets, and she invited me along.

So I saw and heard Peter, Paul and Mary–the only such chance I ever had.

Then on Election Night, when enough returns were in to show that there would be no fourth term, Senator McGovern made a statement from the podium that I think he was quoting from Adlai Stevenson.

He said, “It hurts too much to laugh and I’m too old to cry.”

There were many more years and much more to be done, but that line has always stuck with me.

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