My first experience with volunteering - for candidate George McGovern

This weekend, former senator George McGovern died at 92. I really didn't follow his politics years ago, or even recently. But I volunteered for his campaign way, way back in the 70's, as a kid just in my last year of high school.

We did phone soliciting, late into the night, and it was my first experience drinking coffee also!

The phones we used were not cordless, and certainly not cell phones. We had great big binders full of old-fashioned green & white printout lists. Just like today, the lists were somewhat outdated. I was embarrassed when I asked a wife to let me speak to her husband, only to find out he had passed away.

There was a staff listening in on our conversations, to see how we were doing, and to see what the voters were saying. I don't think you can do that on a bunch of disposable cell phones today!

The most memorable part of all of this, is when I asked, as we were trained to do, what the person on the other end of the phone, thought of the candidate. One person basically said he would like to see something happen to the Senator.

Well, this was a HUGE deal and the staff had to take notes. In fact, the "authorities" actually had to come and talk to me, to see exactly what this person had said. Just in case they actually did something later on.

So to this day, I am very sympathetic to the kids (well, some of us middle-agers are still volunteering too) phoning for candidates.

It's NOT as easy as you may think!

Views: 108

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity


Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Class Of 2020 Spotlight: San Pedro Baseball Infielder Joshua Duarte
1 hour ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

Class Of 2020 Spotlight: San Pedro Baseball Infielder Joshua Duarte

As we continue this special San Pedro News Pilot Class Of 2020 Spotlight feature series on student athletes at the San Pedro-based high schools whose senior years were cut short due to the coronavirus, here is our feature on San Pedro High School baseball infielder.In three years time, Duarte has carved his own path in a very athletic family as being a proven clutch…See More
2 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Class Of 2020 Spotlight: Mary Star Softball Pitcher Ale Samperio
May 19

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

Class Of 2020 Spotlight: Mary Star Softball Pitcher Ale Samperio

As we continue this special San Pedro News Pilot Class Of 2020 Spotlight feature series on student athletes at the San Pedro-based high schools whose senior years were cut short due to the coronavirus, here is our feature on Mary Star Of The Sea High School softball pitcher Alessandra Samperio.The prep career of Samperio began on February 28, 2017 against Firebaugh of…See More
May 19
Profile IconTeresa Neria, Henry and Daisy Bautista joined San Pedro News Pilot
May 19

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Class Of 2020 Spotlight: San Pedro Baseball P/1B Travis Connelly
May 11

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted blog posts
May 11

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Class Of 2020 Spotlight: POLA Softball Outfielder Briana Vigil
May 11

© 2020   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service