We went to a high school auditorium in Whittier, (Nixon's hometown) in 1972 to see George McGovern when he was running for president. The place was crawling with secret service men, their heads on springs, from left to right and back again scanning our eager faces.
We waited over an hour and McGovern still hadn't arrived.
Finally, Leonard Nimoy came on stage and announced that Mr. McGovern was stranded in some airport somewhere in the midwest and couldn't make the gig. Instead Mr. Nimoy entertained us with an hour of Dr. Spock stories and in the end he urged us all to vote.
5 years ago