Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 38: A Blur of Activity

Elmer L. Andersen and Family

"The next several days were an incredible blur of activity and emotion. One moment stands out for me. The morning after the election, after a short night, the family dressed and assembled in our living room. Tony had married his college sweetheart, Alice Wallien of Montevideo, Minnesota, in 1957; both Tony and Alice were present that day. Emily was so proud and excited. She was fourteen and loved to campaign with me. We were all so happy—happy that the campaign was over, that we had won, and that a great adventure was starting. A photographer came to take a portrait of Minnesota's new first family. I have always liked that photo."

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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