David Adler, with his presentations on the American Constitution over recent years to our BSU extended learning classes, would invite Cecil Andrus to offer to us his views on current affairs. At one class Mr. Andrus told the story he had fun with on himself of how he first became involved in politics. Describing how, as a young dad, an agenda topic of an upcoming school board’s meeting got his attention and interest. During the discussion, he rose and expressed himself, and was approached afterward by other parents complimenting and saying to him, “You did so well, why don’t you run ....” While describing this far-in-the-past scene with his deliberate storytelling tempo, we were — at this point — laughing loudly in familiarity and appreciation along with him. He told about his years-later befriending of fellow Gov. Jimmy Carter, and laughed in telling of the flight down for a Cabinet-selection meeting and describing the approach and landing of the four-seater airplane. ... As a recent Idahoan, what an unsurpassed privilege to get to know him and share in the recognition of the treasure Idahoans through all his years with him have appreciated.
Richard G. Carter, Boise