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Alfred Landon

I had a special reason for covering myself with Alf Landon campaign buttons.

It was the fall of 1936, and students at West Grammar School in Portland, Maine, were excited. Alf Landon was coming to Portland! Mr. Landon was running for President against Franklin Roosevelt.

After he lost in a landslide to FDR, Landon returned to a relatively simple life in Kansas, but stayed on top of political events.

Landslide is not a word formed from Landon, the last name of the man who in 1936 was the Republican nominee for President of the United States. But it might just as well have been.

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