A visit to the Balsams Grand Resort

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We’ve been photographing presidential candidates and their surrogates for quite a while, but this is the first time we had the camera turned on us. During a visit to the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch campaigning on behalf of her husband, Tipper Gore–who learned photography while working at a newspaper in Tennessee–picked up her camera and clicked us just after we had clicked her. The wife of the Vice President was in the midst of being interviewed for a People Magazine article appearing this month and it was just one of the many moments we encountered during the 2000 New Hampshire Primary.

Tipper Gore’s husband, Vice President Al Gore, was one of the two victors in this month’s first-in-the-nation primary. Our coverage of the campaign began last summer when George W. Bush showed up to be given his first northern New Hampshire once-over by voters. In the weeks and months that followed, we jumped into the campaign trail as vans, buses and batteries of cameras followed the candidates as they criss-crossed the north in search of votes. This month we reviewed our notes and photos from the campaign and offer a four-page look at what shaped up as a very lively campaign.

Also this month we recall a long-ago presidential campaign which pitted native son Horace Greeley against incumbent U. S. Grant. The campaign rolled into Lancaster one summer day in 1872 and, thanks to old press accounts, we can tell of a local moment in what proved to be the last chapter of Greeley’s life.

Fact and fiction blur as we report on one of the hits of the current television season, “The West Wing.” A key character is President Josiah Bartlet, who “hails from Hanover.” A few years ago we came upon an interesting brochure in the collection of the Lancaster Historical Society. It basically showed– via lavish illustrations– a North Country ski area which never actually existed. We are indebted to M. Faith Kent of the Lancaster Historical Society and Barbara Robarts of Weeks Memorial Library for opening their collections to us for our look back at the ambitious “Kilkenny Project.”

Ever since we did a cover story on Max York back in 1991, we’ve looked forward from time to time to receiving notes and letters from him. We counted ourselves among his many friends and this month we pay tribute to this former Northumberland native who never forgot his hometown.

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Charles J. Jordan 
Editor