Campaign Reunion

AP – Hard to believe that twenty years have passed since Jimmy Carter’s campaign for the White House. Seven hundred campaign workers including the “Peanut Brigade” of Georgians, Carter’s staff and vice president, Walter Mondale, gathered to reminisce particularly on the early, long-shot days. Carter was surprised at how much fun and laughter accompanied everyone’s memories of campaign days.

Carter’s longtime press secretary, Jody Powell, told a story: early in the Iowa primary campaign she scored a TV appearance but left the details until it was too late to turn back. Carter had to wear a chef’s hat and apron on a cooking show and apparently fried some pretty credible catfish while creating a video tape, which continued to catch the attention of Iowans throughout the campaign.

Carter’s biographer, Douglas Brinkley, said there is growing appreciation for Carter’s presidency among historians and his peers.

from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Note: The Carter Family Reunion at Steinhatchee (FL) Resort was featured in Reunions magazine, Winter 1996, Volume 6, Number 2.