In August of 1972 some 45 years ago he attended his first Republican National Convention. While there he took the first item he ever got autographs on, a red Young Voters Press kit folder. He had it signed by many important people: President Nixon, and soon to be presidents: Reagan, Ford, and Bush along with many other notable political figures who were just getting their start. This picture appeared on the front page of the Miami News.
In 1977, 5 years later, our parents had their first child. With all the expenses that come with starting a family our father went to San Francisco and sold this autographed folder to buy a crib.
By more than just a miracle, we found the same old red young voter press kit. His signature is in the upper right-hand corner.
He has NO IDEA that his three daughters would like to purchase it for him for Christmas. We need to raise $2,500 to purchase it! Please help us, and pitch in and it can be a great gift for a great guy from all of us!
Thanks for helping us give something back to our Dad!
P.S. PLEASE dont share this on social media! We need to keep it a secret from our dad!
If you are curious who he had sign it, check out this impressive list:
Richard Nixon signed as President in the center. Three future Republican Presidents were present and signed: Gerald Ford, as House Minority Leader; Ronald Reagan, as Governor of California; and George H.W. Bush, as UN Ambassador. Among other prominent Convention attendees who signed were Cabinet members, presidential advisors, and White House staffers, including: Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger, Elliott Richardson, Robert Finch, Rogers C.B. Morton, Earl Butz, William & Jill Ruckelshaus, Richard Kleindienst, Jim Hodgson, George Romney, and William "Red" Blount. Other signers were CBS News' Charles Kuralt, Eastern Airlines head and ex-astronaut Frank Borman, and Washington Governor Dan Evans.
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