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8 of Adlai Stevenson’s Awful 1952 TV Campaign Ads

Are you sick of attack ads, Super PAC ads, and even ads in color? Then let’s turn to a cornier, gentler time — the election of 1952, when the original “Egghead” Adlai Stevenson ran against Eisenhower, running a series of remarkably unremarkable TV ads. Well, it probably wasn’t just the TV ads that [...]

12 Creative Campaign Slogans to Inspire the 2012 Candidates

Christine Lusey runs Retro Campaigns, the internet’s premier source for historical campaign t-shirts and memorabilia. We asked if she could compile some memorable slogans from past elections. She did not disappoint. These days it seems like every campaign slogan is just a series of political buzzwords: Hope! Change! Values! Newt! But it wasn’t always this way. [...]

What Was Nixon’s “Checkers Speech”?

Fifty-nine years ago today, Republican VP candidate Richard Nixon went on TV to give what’s known as the “Checkers Speech.” Why does a speech named after a dog live on in our cultural subconscious all these years later? Let’s find out. Checkers, the Speech After practicing law and serving in the Navy during World War II, Nixon’s [...]

What Does “Egghead” Mean?

“Egghead” is one of those words that seems to have fallen out of wide use, not unlike the fifties-ish epithet “pieface” (a favorite insult of Ramona Quimby, among others). These days I think most of us take it to mean “nerd” or “geek.” While its true origins are a bit murky, it’s widely agreed that [...]

A Teacher’s Blog: The Cuban Missile Crisis

This week marks the 47th anniversary of The Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that spanned thirteen days and brought the world close to total nuclear war. It was also a valuable lesson in Presidential powers, and global negotiations. NYC teacher Mr. D. decided to have his students re-enact the crisis, with surprising results. I laid out a [...]