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Where Were You In 1976?
Me

Posted on 10/17/2004 7:52:00 PM PDT by bjcoop

It was Carter Vs. Ford, so where were you during the course of that election and when Carter claimed his victory(unfortunately). It was a pretty close race.


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To: bjcoop

I don't really remember where I was. I was eleven at the time. I do remember where I was in 1980, when Reagan was elected. A friend and I were at the weekly pro rasslin' matches at the Louisville Gardens, when the announcement came on that Reagan had won. My friend and I booed and called Reagan an old man (Hey, we were fifteen year old punks at the time, and since most people in the arena were cheering the news, we, as teenagers do, wanted to be contrary). Over the next four years, I fell totally in love with the man (you know, as much as a dude can love another dude who he doesn't really know personally), and in 1984, then being old enough to vote, I proudly voted for Ronald Reagan.


51 posted on 10/17/2004 8:02:06 PM PDT by Freemyland
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To: bjcoop
I voted for Ford. It was my second vote for President. I wasn't a solid Ford supporter. I sensed a streak of liberalism in him, even in those days.

He had vetoed a few spending bills saying we couldn't afford them. He was WAY overmatched trying to prevent the Democrats from giving Vietnam to the communists.

In fairness to him, he didn't manifest himself to be an utter moron until perhaps 1982 or 1983.

52 posted on 10/17/2004 8:02:12 PM PDT by stevem
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To: bjcoop

I voted for Ford. :-)


53 posted on 10/17/2004 8:02:14 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer
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To: bjcoop

It was January 1, my first day in California. The Rose Bowl and an earthquake in Anaheim remind me of that day.


54 posted on 10/17/2004 8:02:14 PM PDT by granite (IT IS UP TO US NOW.)
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To: bjcoop
I was working late that election day and on the way home I heard the terrible news, I was still living at home with my parents and when I got home my father was grief stricken, he said "Carter will be a complete an utter failure... God help us" :-)

History would prove my father correct :-)

55 posted on 10/17/2004 8:02:19 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: trashcanbred

"I was boarding the Freedom Train. Anyone remember that going around the country?"

Wow. I remember standing in line for a long, long time with my fellow 9th graders to board the Freedom Train. Can only remember 1 item in the Freedom Train to this day....Bob Lanier's size 22 basketball shoes.


56 posted on 10/17/2004 8:03:55 PM PDT by Kokojmudd
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To: Radix
I also voted for McGovern years earlier in 1972

You did what?

57 posted on 10/17/2004 8:03:57 PM PDT by AdamSelene235
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To: bjcoop

I was in college voting in my very first election -- for FORD.


58 posted on 10/17/2004 8:04:29 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: bjcoop

I was 8 going on 9, being born and raised in NYC.


59 posted on 10/17/2004 8:04:38 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: bjcoop

Teaching mathematics in college. The head of the department (later college president) was complaining, "I can't understand how anyone with a PhD could vote for Carter!"


60 posted on 10/17/2004 8:04:46 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: bjcoop

In 1976 I rooted for Carter

Of course I was only 6 and didn't know any better, 4 years later by 10 I wised up and rooted for Reagan


61 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:04 PM PDT by qam1 (McGreevy likes his butts his way, I like mine my way - so NO SMOKING BANS in New Jersey)
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To: bjcoop
That was the first presidential election I voted (Ford).
62 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:11 PM PDT by DaveMSmith (One Day at A Time || Blue Angel in PJs)
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To: bjcoop

I was an adult running a business in Australia wondering how a man who looked as if he was retarded could have been chosen by the American people to be their President, that's where I was. (And after all these years, I still don't understand it!)


63 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:21 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand Evil: Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf. See FRED NERKS for link)
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To: bjcoop

1976 - Starting my senior year of high school, listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels, cruising in my '71 Mustang MachI, and trying to find a girl. Funny, wound up marrying a classmate 12 years later. We have 2 daughters that like... Lynyrd Skynyrd and Mustangs! Hey, I try to raise them right!


64 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:37 PM PDT by Mustng959 (In loving memory of those that gave their all to preserve our Freedoms!)
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To: bjcoop

My first presidential election. I'll leave it at that!


65 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:53 PM PDT by Buck W. (The Berger archive scandal, aka the Folies Bergere! How apropos: It's French!)
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To: bjcoop

I was thinking about creating an Internet site, focused on discussions of the ideals of liberty and freedom. Couldn't get it done and then years later this guy Jim Robinson stole my "idear". That's my story and I'm sticking with it.


66 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:56 PM PDT by daguberment (No worries, the Silky Pony will take care of these terrorists)
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To: bjcoop

I was four.


67 posted on 10/17/2004 8:05:58 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: bjcoop

four and a half actually


68 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:18 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: bjcoop

I gave birth to my second child at Andrews AFB. I was in the Army and had just completed my 3 years in the Army after serving in Seoul, South Korea. He grew up and served as a Marine. My husband, also in the army was a journalist that covered President Ford on his trip to Korea. We have great pictures of that event.


69 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:25 PM PDT by jonsie
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To: bjcoop

I remember getting a ride home from confirmation class, and hearing the early returns. I distinctly remember it being reported that Carter was winning Michigan (Ford's home state). I wonder if that was an early example of media manipulation.


70 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:36 PM PDT by scottinoc
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To: bjcoop

Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan serving my forth consecutive year overseas.


71 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:41 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and EXPOSE Hanoi John Kerry's FRAUD!)
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To: rossusa
I was in College in California working to get Carter elected.

I would not be alive today if I had. LOL! My grandmother would have struck me dead!

My grandmother was on both President Eisenhower’s staff and President Nixon’s staff. She and Nixon were fast friends. She was also the committee chairwoman of the National Republican Party. I grew up teething republican.

72 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:47 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer
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To: Freemyland

I was 16, senior in HS, showing horses, applying to colleges and living the good life in Newport Beach, CA. Was fairly clueless despite my super Republican parents. Now I know better.


73 posted on 10/17/2004 8:06:50 PM PDT by luckodeirish (Ready to provide grief and trauma therapy to the dems, cash pay only.)
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To: Kokojmudd

It was the longest line in Philadelphia no less. I think I remember those shoes too. It was worth it.


74 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:12 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: bjcoop

I voted for Carter of course. I remember wearing a gold peanut necklace which were popular during that time. Was I stupid or what?


75 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:22 PM PDT by ladyinred (The simple lie always conquers the more complex truth. (propaganda))
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To: bjcoop

I was 21 and working in Arkansas for the Ford Campaign. Two more weeks and we could have won the race.


76 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:29 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: bjcoop
In 1st grade drawing pictures of 13 Star's flags and brave men defeating the British while celebrating and studying the Bicentennial.
77 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:38 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: bjcoop

In junior high school.


78 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:50 PM PDT by mhking ("The UN was supposed to be our last, best hope for peace. It failed.")
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To: Billthedrill

been there, done that in 1972. On USS SS Batfish.


79 posted on 10/17/2004 8:07:58 PM PDT by Charliehorse
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To: bjcoop

Lived in Astoria, OR raising two sons. Voted for Gerald Ford. Suffered the malaise of Jimmy Carter for the next four years. Jeez, those were the days!


80 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:16 PM PDT by tbsteph1 (Must Be True)
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To: bjcoop

I was 11. Dungeons & Dragons was far more important than some silly election.


81 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:24 PM PDT by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: bjcoop

getting ready for the big, big Bicentennial celebration that ever happened.

and partying a lot.


82 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:26 PM PDT by Edit35
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To: Fred Nerks
"I was an adult running a business in Australia wondering how a man who looked as if he was retarded could have been chosen by the American people to be their President, that's where I was. (And after all these years, I still don't understand it!)"

ROFLMAO, 4 years later we found out his looks weren't the only thing retarded about Jimma Catta

83 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:33 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: AdamSelene235
You did what?

I grew up in Boston, and I turned 18.

A few days later after that I voted.

A bit of time after that I found myself on the road to Damascus, and the entire world changed while I was stoic and stayed the same.

I will never ever vote for a Democrat again. Even Zell Miller needs to rebuke that political party more strongly. He done good a few weeks ago, but he should renounce the Democrat Party completely.

84 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:44 PM PDT by Radix (What turns orange in Sept., is carved up in Oct., and is thrown out in Nov.?)
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To: luckodeirish

I voted in my first election after turning 21 - one of the only ones voting for Ford -4 years later -most of those same people voted for Reagan.


85 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:44 PM PDT by newzhawk
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To: bjcoop

I was probably smoking a joint, but I don't remember.


86 posted on 10/17/2004 8:08:50 PM PDT by Sparky760 (The sleeping Giant has been awakened)
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To: bjcoop
I had just arrived in England. Spent the next two years stationed at an obscure USAF communications site near Ipswich, waiting for the Russians to nuke us. Of course, they didn't, but having Jimmy as CIC was almost as bad.
87 posted on 10/17/2004 8:09:33 PM PDT by derllak
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To: Hotdog

You are forgiven. Carter gave us eight years of Reagan. God works in mysterious ways. :^)


88 posted on 10/17/2004 8:09:34 PM PDT by Samwise (It must be scary to be trapped in John Kerry's mind. No wonder he's nuts.)
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To: bjcoop

Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron One (HS-1), based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL.


89 posted on 10/17/2004 8:09:40 PM PDT by uncleshag (The Insightful Chastigator)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thank God there is another adult on this thread! I was starting to feel really old with all of these, " I was potty training" posts here ! :-)


90 posted on 10/17/2004 8:09:47 PM PDT by ladyinred (The simple lie always conquers the more complex truth. (propaganda))
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To: bjcoop

October 1976, turned 16 years old, saw Elvis Presley that year in Chicago!!


91 posted on 10/17/2004 8:10:31 PM PDT by Esther Ruth (Whole lotta shakin goin on...)
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To: bjcoop

I had yet to be conceived.


92 posted on 10/17/2004 8:10:40 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: ProudVet77
I got sucked into the zero based budget plan by Carter, and the fact he served on nuclear submarines (which he never did)

He didn't? =o)

93 posted on 10/17/2004 8:10:43 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: bjcoop

I turned 18 just in time to cast my first vote. I voted for Reagan in the Iowa caucuses!


94 posted on 10/17/2004 8:10:47 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (I)
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To: dalereed

I was on Active Duty serving in my first assignment at the Philadelphia Naval Regional Medical Center.....Ah, yes, those were the days, but I digress....I remember hoping Ford would beat Carter, but had no idea that Jimmah Cottah would be the disaster he was econominally (gas lines, rationing, home interest rate greater than 18% for my first house - sweaters instead of heat....oh the pain remembering his administration causes) and the foreign policy disasters....but then four years of Ford and we may not have had 8 of Regan so I guess it worked out !!!


95 posted on 10/17/2004 8:10:59 PM PDT by Froggie
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To: bjcoop
In a little town in eastern Nebraska, going to Grad school in Lincoln. I remember staying up a good chunk of the night, only to end up rather PO'd. I'd left active duty less than a year before, and was an active, drilling reservist. I'd say my take then on Mr. Peanut was just about right.

Don't think I'll stay up all night this time, although you never know, but I will follow the lawyer's machinations from my new slot as an Army contractor on an Army post.

96 posted on 10/17/2004 8:11:12 PM PDT by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: bjcoop
My father was a newspaper editor, and he had an old friend and former colleague who had moved to D.C. and was a great inside source of political goings on. We still have her newsletters, and in one she spoke of a "peanut farmer" who was going to run for President, which nobody could fathom. As I recall, the idea that he could win an election was thought to be ridiculous.

The Carter years provided lots of entertainment to offset having to wait in line for hours for gas, seeing the lights turned down in Vegas, etc. Who can forget Billy Beer, the Killer Bunny, the Playboy interview, Ms. Lillian, Carter's Mr. Rogers fireside chats, etc. I then thought he was somewhat harmless and well meaning, but I came to realize how dangerous he was (and remains).

97 posted on 10/17/2004 8:11:21 PM PDT by Mjaye (PNN = Pajama News Network)
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To: bjcoop
Trying to figure out where my new baby brother came from.

Conversations with my Pappy would reveal we had mysteriously elected the "Wrong Carter". Go fig.


98 posted on 10/17/2004 8:11:38 PM PDT by SquirrelKing ("I have to march because my mother couldn't have an abortion." - Maxine Waters (D-California)
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To: bjcoop

"It was Carter Vs. Ford, so where were you during the course of that election and when Carter claimed his victory(unfortunately). It was a pretty close race."

Probably standing against the wall with my nose in the circle for throwing rocks or something. (I was 5 =)


99 posted on 10/17/2004 8:11:54 PM PDT by Crispy
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To: bjcoop

Just graduated from college (Nov 75), looking for a job, not an easy task in the mid 70's. I had been married for 4 years and voted for Ford. Not because I was a big Ford fan, but I really was uncomfortable with Carter. As it turned out my gut was right.


100 posted on 10/17/2004 8:12:03 PM PDT by redangus
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