October 29, 2014

sculpture from the FDR memorial

George Segal's sculpture "Breadline" is at the FDR Memorial in D.C. Credit: Tony Fischer / Flickr Creative Commons

Today, a story of a boy named George.
 
It was the height of the Great Depression, but George – who had been a star student and football player at the University of Iowa – was focused on success.
 
He had always loved journalism and getting into the mind of an audience - understanding what they were interested in and why. Then, in 1932, his mother-in-law, Ola Babcock Miller, ran for Iowa’s secretary of state — and George took what he had learned about audiences and started to poll them.
 
Perhaps it was the polling, or her support for candidate Franklin Roosevelt, but Ola Miller did become Iowa’s first female secretary of state. And George was hooked.
 
When Roosevelt ran for his second term, George predicted that he would win – even though the leading poll of the day forecasted victory for barely-remembered Alf Landon. From then on, George had cemented his place in political history.
 
Have you guessed George’s last name yet? Listen to the audio segment to find out.
 
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