Dan Quayle was a Republcian U.S. Senator from Indiana. and not a very well-known Senator, when George H.W. BuSh chose him as his 1988 running mate. Quayle took a lot of heat from critics who derided him as an intellectual lightweight.
Bush won that election, and Qualye became America’s 44th vice president.
But the 1992 camapign proved more difficult for Bush and Quayle.
It was in June of ’92 that Quayle visited an elementary school in New Jersey. It wa supposed to be just another routine campaign photo-op, a school spelling bee.
A 12-year-old boy went up the blackboard to spell his word, “potato.” But Quayle “corrected” him, insisting there was an “e” at the end of “potato.”
Things just kind of went downhjll from there.
I first met Dan Quayle about two years later, after he’d written a memoir. And as you’re about to hear, he had a sense of humor about The Potato Incident.
Here now, from 1994, Dan Quayle:
Dan Quayle is now 73. He lives with his wife Marilyn in retirement in Arizona. They’ve been married for 47
On a cold January morning in 2009, a US Airways flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
At the controls that morning was veteran Captain Chesley Sullenberger, whom everyone called “Sully.”
Moments after takeoff, the plane ran into a flock of geese, disabling its engines.
Unable to reach any nearby airport, Sully and co-pilot Jeff Sykes safely guided the plane into the Hudson River, where it stayed afloat long enough to get every single persopn off the plane safe and alive.
Sully was hailed as a hero, and a few months later, wrote a book. That’s when I met him.
Here now, from the fall of 2009, Chesley ‘Sully” Sullenberger:
Chesley Sullenberger retired from US Airways in 2010, after a 30-year commercial aviation career.
On this Easter weekend, I wanted to share with you one of several comversations I had with one of the most popular of the TV evangelists of his day: Rev. Robert Schullt, creator of The Hour of Power, the leader of a congregation that worshiped in the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
In 1992, we met for an interview about a new book about his life. It was called “Goliath,” written by his son-in-law James Penner.
Here now, from 1992, Rev. Robert Schuller:
Rev. Robert Schuller died five years ago this month. He was 88.
Rev. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral Ministries went bankrupt in 2010, and in 2012 the iconic building was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Today it is the seat of the Diocese.
Back in the ’70s, Robert Blake was a huge TV star. His career actually began when he was a kid — did you know he was a star in many of those old black and white “Little Rascals” movies?
So it’s kind of sad that many people today only know Robert Blake — if they remember him at all — for his 2005 murder trial, in which he was eventually acquitted in the shoorting death of his second wife Bonnie Lee Bakley.
I mety him many years before all that, in 1986. He was part of a movement called the “Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament,” a grassroots, cross-country effort to raise awareness of nuclear proflieration.
All this was taking place over five years before the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the effective end of what we called The Col;d War.
In April 1986, 34 years ago this week, Blake came to Washington, DC to promote the march — which, at that time, seemed to have stalled. Blake was trying to do his part to keep it alive.
So here now, from 1986, Robert Blake:
Robert Blake has not worked in film or TV since 1997. He is now 86 years old.