“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (three H’s!) (1911-1978) was the 38th Vice President of the United States (1965-1969), serving under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was the Democratic candidate for president in 1968, and lost to Republican Richard M. Nixon.
Humphrey was a liberal politician, and had a long career in the United States Senate (1949-1964 and 1971-1978). He was known as a great speaker, and he fought for legislation that addressed social welfare, civil rights, and nuclear disarmament.
As President Johnson’s vice president, Humphrey worked on behalf of legislation for the Food Stamp Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, funding for Medicare, the establishment of HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development), and the creation of the Head Start program. He supported funding for the arts and for solar energy research.
He disappointed and angered many liberal Democrats as the voice of the administration’s Vietnam War policy. With 60% turnout to vote in the presidential election, Humphrey garnered only 191 electoral votes to Nixon’s 301 (George Wallace got 46). Note: Nixon barely won the popular vote with 43.42% to Humphrey’s 42.72%.
Here’s the #59 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968
“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” by The Bee Gees