In this year of domestic and international political turmoil it is perhaps appropriate to reflect on another year in the history of the United States that is embedded in the memories of Americans of a certain age. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday (July 14) the Arizona Senior Academy will present Norman Sherman, press secretary to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who will speak on “1968 – The Year from Hell.”
Sherman was for many years a political operative for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor party. He knew most of the Democratic office holders and office seekers in Minnesota during the last half of the 20th century, including Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale, as well as many on the national and international stage.
Since his years working for Humphrey he has continued his involvement in politics and has written extensively, including ghostwriting several autobiographies. His most recent book is his personal memoir, From Nowhere to Somewhere. My Political Journey (2016), which includes a chapter on 1968 detailing the vitriol and chaos of the Democratic convention of that year. Following his political years he held a chair in Political Communications at Louisiana State University.
Sherman and his wife Ginny are now Tucson residents. Their names appear frequently on columns and letters to the editor in the Arizona Daily Star.
Written by Dennis Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer