There Is Your Next President
That is what my father said when he saw Herman Talmadge on TV. Herman was very popular back then. I don’t think Daddy was praising Herman but he knew how sly and conniving Herman was and also Herman was in the news a lot during that time. Herman's famous quote to the press was: "I don't care what you write about me, just spell my name right."
Many years before, Daddy, as a Georgia National Guard sentry guarding the Governor’s Mansion in Ansley Park in Atlanta, refused to let Herman pass him to enter the mansion. At the time, Herman’s father Gene Talmadge was Georgia Governor. It wasn’t that he didn’t recognize Herman Talmadge, he had strict orders not to allow anyone what so ever to enter. And Herman fell under the “anyone whatsoever” category.
I took these pictures July 4, 1980, during the politician speaking on the Square in Marietta. The funnel cakes were better.