George McGovern draws a Tallahassee crowd
George McGovern, the Democrats' antiwar presidential nominee in 1972, is in Tallahassee this weekend. After participating in the Florida A&M University commencement, the former senator from South Dakota held a book signing at the local Barnes & Noble store for his new book on Abraham Lincoln.
McGovern drew a crowd of familiar faces on a Sunday afternoon: former Florida State University President Sandy D'Alemberte and his wife, Patsy Palmer; former state Rep. Marjorie Turnbull, who helped to arrange McGovern's book signing appearance; and Dale Brill, the state's chief economic development officer (in photo at left). Brill recalled being a young boy in 1972 and helping his older brothers put up McGovern for President signs back in Illinois.
A weekend trip to the state capital isn't far off the beaten track for the 86-year-old McGovern, who long ago grew weary of those endless South Dakota winters and now spends about half the year in St. Augustine. That's right: Even George McGovern is a Florida snowbird.