Hello There, Guest! (LoginRegister)

Post Reply 
A man of the people passes away
Author Message
Bookmark and Share
acolbert Offline
Water Engineer
*

Posts: 48
Joined: Mar 2017
Reputation: 0
I Root For: NIU & Utah
Location:
Post: #1
A man of the people passes away
My lasting memory of former governor Jim Thomspon was from an NIU football game, circa late 70s. On some kind of public appearance, he was making his way up the aisle of the student section when someone offered him a flask. With practically that whole section looking on and probably knowing it was illegal, Big Jim guzzled it down anyway.
Whether are not you liked with his politics, it didn't matter at that moment. The guv proved he was willing to be just one of the gang hanging out at Huskie Stadium.
Also, that was back in an era when politicans weren't as concerned about their PR cred.
08-15-2020 09:04 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Advertisement


Beach Boy Offline
Bench Warmer
*

Posts: 156
Joined: Dec 2018
Reputation: 0
I Root For: NIU Huskies
Location:
Post: #2
RE: A man of the people passes away
(08-15-2020 09:04 PM)acolbert Wrote:  My lasting memory of former governor Jim Thomspon was from an NIU football game, circa late 70s. On some kind of public appearance, he was making his way up the aisle of the student section when someone offered him a flask. With practically that whole section looking on and probably knowing it was illegal, Big Jim guzzled it down anyway.
Whether are not you liked with his politics, it didn't matter at that moment. The guv proved he was willing to be just one of the gang hanging out at Huskie Stadium.
Also, that was back in an era when politicans weren't as concerned about their PR cred.

Pretty sure it was 81 or 82, a few rows behind me. Someone asked, "Governor, is this illegal?" And he responded "Yes!" and kept walking. It got very little media attention. Times were different.
(This post was last modified: 08-15-2020 09:44 PM by Beach Boy.)
08-15-2020 09:43 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Prince Crossing Offline
Water Engineer
*

Posts: 64
Joined: Nov 2015
Reputation: 3
I Root For: NIU
Location:
Post: #3
RE: A man of the people passes away
Those were good days which are long gone.
08-16-2020 10:37 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Dog Fan Offline
Hall of Famer
*

Posts: 21,977
Joined: Dec 2003
Reputation: 112
I Root For: NIU Huskies
Location: The Paperback Grotto

Donators
Post: #4
A man of the people passes away
(08-16-2020 10:37 AM)Prince Crossing Wrote:  Those were good days which are long gone.


True. And, believe it or not, these will be the good old days in years to come. And if these are the good old days, I’m glad I won’t be around to witness those future years.
08-16-2020 11:10 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
HW58 Offline
2nd String
*

Posts: 375
Joined: Feb 2018
Reputation: 8
I Root For: NIU, Cubs
Location:
Post: #5
RE: A man of the people passes away
(08-16-2020 11:10 AM)Dog Fan Wrote:  
(08-16-2020 10:37 AM)Prince Crossing Wrote:  Those were good days which are long gone.


True. And, believe it or not, these will be the good old days in years to come. And if these are the good old days, I’m glad I won’t be around to witness those future years.

Sad as your statement is, Dog Fan, you hit the nail on the head. I worry for our kids and grand kids. We are handing them a mess.
08-16-2020 11:26 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Advertisement


randyfensfanclub1 Offline
All American
*

Posts: 3,890
Joined: Sep 2008
Reputation: 36
I Root For: NIU
Location:
Post: #6
RE: A man of the people passes away
Big Jim used to hit all the S. Side parades on July 4th. Saw him countless times in Dolton, maybe Blue Island then you would see him at like Lansing on TV.

And that is when you could walk with a beer, get one from someone on the parade route. Maybe grab a dog or 2.

That was back when people respected someone in off, R or D.

Probably because they weren't indicted and eventually jailed.
(This post was last modified: 08-16-2020 09:12 PM by randyfensfanclub1.)
08-16-2020 09:11 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Boca Rocket Offline
Hall of Famer
*

Posts: 23,157
Joined: Mar 2004
Reputation: 88
I Root For:
Location:
Post: #7
RE: A man of the people passes away
Actually did a graduate school marketing paper on
"Big Jim's" election campaign.
(This post was last modified: 08-17-2020 03:13 AM by Boca Rocket.)
08-17-2020 03:12 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
acolbert Offline
Water Engineer
*

Posts: 48
Joined: Mar 2017
Reputation: 0
I Root For: NIU & Utah
Location:
Post: #8
RE: A man of the people passes away
Allegedly, he even drank from a toilet plunger at a WIU game

https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200817/for...erm=081820
08-18-2020 08:46 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
sarasotahuskie Offline
Heisman
*

Posts: 5,339
Joined: Feb 2004
Reputation: 13
I Root For:
Location:

Donators
Post: #9
RE: A man of the people passes away
(08-18-2020 08:46 AM)acolbert Wrote:  Allegedly, he even drank from a toilet plunger at a WIU game

https://www.pjstar.com/news/20200817/for...erm=081820
Probably one of the safer drinking utensils at WIU.
08-18-2020 06:21 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 




User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)


Copyright © 2002-2020 Collegiate Sports Nation Bulletin Board System (CSNbbs), All Rights Reserved.
CSNbbs is an independent fan site and is in no way affiliated to the NCAA or any of the schools and conferences it represents.
This site monetizes links. FTC Disclosure.
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org.
Powered By MyBB, © 2002-2020 MyBB Group.