By Elmer L. Andersen
Biography/Regional The loved former governor's own tale of a lifestyles in provider and of overcome adversity. Elmer L. Andersen has been defined as Minnesota's top citizen. a pacesetter in lots of fields, he outfitted a small adhesives corporation, H. B. Fuller corporation, right into a global chief, and created a publishing empire from one weekly newspaper. As a Minnesota nation senator, he pioneered innovative legislative measures within the components of civil rights, distinctive schooling and welfare, psychological overall healthiness care, and metropolitan governance. His years as Minnesota's governor within the early Sixties have been marked via his function within the founding of Southwest nation college and several other nation parks; the latter, as well as the real half he later performed within the construction of Voyageurs nationwide Park, won him a name as one of many region's prime environmentalists. In A Man's achieve, Governor Andersen recounts his years of provider with a prepared truthfulness, but additionally with the beneficiant spirit that has guided his existence and occupation. For the 1st time he tells the tale of his 1962 political defeat as he ran for his moment time period as governor in a contentious race by means of a four-month-long vote recount, essentially the most memorable and heartbreaking elections in Minnesota's background. the following, additionally, is a real insider's account of President Kennedy's masterful dealing with of the Cuban Missile quandary, the tale of the way Charles Lindbergh taught him to fly, in addition to candid memories of fellow Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, and Harold Stassen, and political rival Hubert Humphrey. Now in his ninety-first 12 months, the previous governor keeps to encourage via this tale of a guy who was once an impoverished teenage orphan yet grew to become one of many prime lighting fixtures in enterprise, politics, and public provider in his nation. instructed with humor and humility, A Man's succeed in is bound to motivate somebody who ever puzzled if one individual could make a distinction. Governor Elmer L. Andersen is considered one of Minnesota's major political, enterprise, and cultural figures. He lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Lori Sturdevant is an article author for the Minneapolis big name Tribune. Translation Inquiries: collage of Minnesota Press
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Sheldon was a former teacher who believed in education. He believed in building up his employees. And, by then, I think he also believed in the Andersen brothers. He wanted to help me. I arranged with Mr. Sheldon to cut back on my work load and be paid a ﬂat sum of $50 a month—enough, I thought, to see me through to a bachelor’s degree in two years. Enrolling at the university did mean leaving the comforts of the Curtis Hotel. I had to ﬁnd something more affordable. A friend from Muskegon Junior College, Malcolm Hoos, decided to come to Minneapolis and join me when I entered the university.
She was a nice young lady. We dated somewhat, but it was a low-key relationship, more of a friendship than any deep emotional involvement. I knew a few other girls, too, very casually. But romance was not part of my life then. I saw Olive in 1978, on the ﬁftieth anniversary of our junior college graduation, when I was the commencement speaker. She married a fellow from southern Michigan and built a good life there. Seeing her again made me even more conscious of the kindness her father had shown me.
My next stop was Fargo, then on to Montana. I landed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the Fourth of July. I went to a rodeo, the main attraction in Cheyenne’s annual Frontier Days celebration. When I returned from the rodeo to my hotel room, a telegram was waiting for me. It was from E. H. Sheldon. I was to return to Minneapolis to take charge of the Minnesota sales territory. I had landed the job. Ed Sheridan was Sheldon’s sales manager and my boss. He liked the Curtis Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, so I stayed at the Curtis.