Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good morning everyone. Nice bright sunshine on the East Coast today but the temperature is only 15 degrees!

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday morning as Daylight Savings Time returns early this year.

Have you noticed the photo I used on this page? It is our Red-White-Blue political bus that was donated by Gant Redmon and his wife several years ago. It is pictured here all decorated for our 2008 Spring Fling. This bus is a 1953 GM TGH 3201 and has a huge political history. We are proud to own it. The bus was involved in practically every Republican campaign held in Virginia from 1967 until 2002, which included local, state and national elections. We have photos of it in the 1968 Richard Nixon Presidential campaign. The bus also has quite a social pedigree: it was on National Television the morning after the opening of the Gala at the Kennedy Center in 1971, having borne an entire party from the home of one of the Committee members to the red carpet under the TV lights. During the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration on July 4, 1976, the bus had a pole position next to the Washington Monument (in the parking lot next to the Tidal Basin near where Fannie Fox leaped in after a hasty exit from the car of Wilbur Mills), where it served as headquarters for a number of families all day right through the Beach Boys’ Concert in the evening. This is just a little bit of the history of one of our buses. Don’t forget to check it out when you come to the Spring Fling in June. It will be parked outside at our Memorial Annex.


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