An Autobiography: Chapter 30, Presidential Calendar

| 9/7/2012 9:10:20 AM

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When the presidential election was all the news in the summer of 1968, with Richard Nixon the front runner, I thought what a coup if I could publish a presidential calendar and have it completed, ready to ship within 24 hours after the final votes were in. At that time, I had a close association with one of Denver’s largest printers, A. B. Hirschfeld, and I put my proposal before them. After a lot of head-scratching and ideas back and forth on how to accomplish this, a plan was worked out.

To accomplish this, I literally had to prepare two editions of the wall calendar I envisioned: one with Nixon as the president; the other with Hubert Humphrey. In addition to the cover, I had to prepare two sets of seven full pages in addition to the pages of the 12 months that featured photos in color of the would-be president and vice president. The printer would have the complete negatives for the two editions ready with pressmen and workers standing by waiting for the signal. How exciting that was for me and everyone involved to see those press sheets rolling out only minutes after Richard Nixon was declared president!

The 1969 Presidential Calendar Book was a very impressive historical accomplishment, thanks to the assistance of my devoted artist, Kit Kelly, for her professional art and layout. The Calendar Book featured historical events in each block of the 365 days – more than 1,000 in all – and my editorial assistant was Marion Carrison, who worked with me at the Trinity Methodist Church in Denver a few years before.

Presidential Calendar 

The page size of the calendar was 9 inches by 12 inches, and 9 inches by 18 inches opened up on the wall. On each of the top pages for the 12 months were reproductions of engravings of the 36 presidents, supplied by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. There was an approximate 150-word biography of each of the presidents, and underneath each of these were vital statistics.

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