Education Of A Public Man: My Life and Politics by Hubert Humphrey

By Hubert Humphrey

A reprint of the Doubleday version of 1976 with a brand new afterword through Norman Sherman. Annotation copyright e-book information, Inc. Portland, Or.

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I memorized the same formulae and filled the same prescriptions. More importantly, I learned what the human mind can absorb when motivated and when proper techniques of education are used. CHAPTER SEVEN Pills, Hogtone, and Nose Drops Back in Huron after graduating, the drugstore was my life and it seemed then that it might always be. I was, like Dad, a small-town businessman, and I absorbed certain attitudes from that experience that permanently shaped my political philosophy. I never got hooked in those chaotic times, as so many people did, on Marxism or other radicalism as a way out of the depression.

10 NEVER A PILL WITHOUT AN IDEA In the 1930s, when he discovered opera, his record library filled with his favorites, most of them recorded by the Metropolitan. He bought books on opera and studied them as though he were a music student at Juilliard. After we moved to Huron, he encountered poetry. 3 But culture never quite had equal billing with politics, and my political training began in Doland. 4 He was a city councilman then, and he fought the idea tooth and nail. I was twelve years old and he would take me to the evening meetings of the council, install me in a chair by a corner window, and then do battle, hour after hour.

On weekends, Tom Mix and Harry Carey movies played. It was the home of town meetings, farmers' conventions, and the high school class play. Traveling theatrical companies, part of the American scene then, would play there. Dad had the ticket board in the store and got free tickets for his efforts. When the troupe arrived, Dad would always drag our furniture up to the stage as part of the set, leaving a half-barren house for my patient mother. 10 NEVER A PILL WITHOUT AN IDEA In the 1930s, when he discovered opera, his record library filled with his favorites, most of them recorded by the Metropolitan.

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