Let the Games Begin!
Heaven for Political Junkies
It has become common to read about or hear talk of "a brokered convention." To this political junkie that prospect seems delightful. Instead of seeing a coronation, we may actually get to witness some down and dirty fighting over who gets the nomination.
As a kid, I got hooked on politics early. When a convention was on, (either) one of my folks would pop up vast amounts of popcorn and we'd sit around the TV watching the proceedings, about which the "adults" would make sarcastic comments.
Conventions of Yore (and Lore)
Some books in our collection may help to convey the drama of some of our earlier conventions.
David Brinkley's 11 Presidents, 4 Wars, 22 Political Conventions, 1 Moon Landing, 3 Assassinations, 2,000 Weeks of News and Other Stuff on Television and 18 years of growing up in North Carolina does a good job of giving you a feel for these events.
A writer like Norman Mailer also performs heroically with Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions.
The great H.L. Mencken weighed in with his description of the 1920 San Francisco convention which was highlighted by his waking up on a beach in Half Moon Bay.
If you want to see some scenes from that wonderful get together you're in luck. Some intrepid newsreel photographer captured it and it's up on Youtube.
Joe Toschik is an Information Services Librarian at Half Moon Bay Library who watches both conventions in hopes of seeing some oratory break out.