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October 1st, 2007

Memories of McCarthy

I couldn’t pass this one up. I was in a Lynden antique store last week when I discovered this copy of the Bellingham Herald from March 12, 1954. I thought I recognized the young man pictured with U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy (center), but the name “Leo Kennedy” confused me. I purchased the paper for $1 and did a bit of research on the Internet, confirming that it was in fact Robert Kennedy in the photo. At this time in his career, Kennedy served as legal counsel for McCarthy’s infamous Senate Investigative Subcommittee. McCarthy made use of the erupting popularity of television to bring his sweeping hunt for domestic Communists into the homes of millions of Americans. Kennedy, whose father Joseph was a close personal friend of McCarthy’s, abandoned this job before the dramatic demise of the Republican senator from Wisconsin. Our “local” connection in this chapter of the McCarthy saga was a clash between McCarthy and fellow Senator Stuart Symington (seated, left), who demanded that Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson of Washington be given the privilege of being present to defend himself to charges McCarthy wished to raise. The anti-Communist attack dog drew Symington’s ire when he railed about Jackson “misrepresenting facts” on a television program. As history would show, these charges were incredibly ironic. Another “local” hero, newsman Edward R. Murrow (Edison High School and WSU graduate), played an important role in bringing McCarthy’s reign of terror to an end. As evidenced by one of the headlines in this issue of the Bellingham Herald, McCarthy targeted Murrow for alleged ties to the Communist Party during his college days.

Steve Berentson

About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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