It’s a hazy and hot July day, so let’s take the wayback machine to some earlier hazy and hot July days to see what was shakin’ in years gone by:
** In the July 19, 1960, edition of the Northern Virginia Sun, an editorial praised the “steadiness and maturity” of Sen. John Kennedy during his quest for the Democratic nomination for president.
** In that same issue, Virginia’s governor was reported to predict that Kennedy would win the general election. Not much of a shocker there: You expected a Democratic governor to say Richard Nixon was going to win? Not likely.
** In that very same edition, and I think we can trace the decline of the U.S. civilization from this very moment, it was reported that baseball’s National League planned to expand from eighth to 10 teams. Baseball purists were outraged, but cash was king and the baseball owners wanted more of it.
** From the second week in 1975, the Sun’s movie page noted that you could choose from “Towering Inferno,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More,” “The Great Waldo Pepper” and “Young Frankenstein” at local theaters. Good times!
** Trying to bridge the generation gap, a Sun editorial in mid-July of 1984 said the federal government had no business telling the states they had to raise the drinking age to 21. As usual, the editorial page was ignored.
** In mid-July 1984, after Walter “I wanted to run for president really badly, so I did” Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, a Sun article opined that the pick not only would probably help Mondale in Virginia, but also would aid the prospects of Democrat Edythe Harrison in her quest to knock off U.S. Sen. John Warner. Whoever wrote that was smokin’ some pretty potent stuff, because both Mondale and Harrison got crushed in November. (FYI, I remember hearing Mondale making that remark about running for president really badly after his 49-state loss. Good to see his humor remained intact. Of course, in many ways it’s less traumatizing to get buried in a political landslide than lose a super-close race where the “what-ifs” linger forever.)
** Speaking of humor, Democrat William Dolan of Arlington was running for the state’s third highest office with the tongue-in-cheek slogan “What’s-His-Name for Attorney General.” Guess he know the outcome was going to be not so hot for him; Dolan lost to Jim Gilmore.
— Scott McCaffrey