I've often noted -- at length -- how remarkable my friend Nell Minow is. I'd like to think that the things I've written (like this) have made that clear, through her various jobs and range of endeavors, and family history. But sometimes you need more. I did post a photo of her as a little girl with President Kennedy, and I thought that was pretty good, but then when you're Nell Minow, there's always a topper.
That's Nell standing, the oldest of the three little girls. And yes, the oldest of them all there, that's Eleanor freaking Roosevelt.
Nell posted this on Facebook, and I thought of just "sharing" it there, but then people here on these pages wouldn't get a chance to see it. Here's what she wrote about how this meeting came about.
When my dad was Chairman of the FCC, he got a call from Eleanor Roosevelt, who asked if she could come to see him. He immediately called my mom and said, "Get the girls out of school and bring them over to my office." She wanted to talk to him about a black Congressional candidate in Mississippi, running against a "raucous spokesman for white supremacy." The challenger, a Baptist minister named Smith, was not allowed to buy television ads on local station WLBT. Dad got the FCC to intervene (at the time, the FCC's "equal time" rule was still in effect). Decades later, a man came over to my dad to introduce himself. It was Rev. Smith. And he told my dad his group had bought WLBT. This is our photo with ER. I'm the one with pigtails.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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