Interview with Kevin White



Well just, or about the question of the election of 1977. I've grown up in politics all my life. It was talked in my family. I never missed an election. It was a civic and family cause never to miss one. I knew who I voted for and very seldom did I not vote without knowledge from the time I was 18. And then I went into politics as my career. And yet by the time '77 rolled around and there was a municipal election, I don't know whether I voted, I think I voted. But then I did a strange thing. I didn't look at a newspaper. And I didn't talk to anybody about the election for about two or three days. I, ah, was living in a townhouse which was called, the Parkman House, I may have mentioned, and it was almost a, you can understand it and it seems absurd at the same time. No one mentioned the election to me. It was a munic--it was an interim election. I knew Mrs. Hicks was running but there wasn't anything there, but we, the administration, was not threatened by the election. And so no one mentioned it to me. And I don't think I mentioned it to anybody else. I don't know how it occurred. But certainly, at least two or three days later, I was on the phone with somebody and I, somebody said, "Too bad about Mrs. Hicks." And I didn't know Mrs. Hicks had lost. I hadn't even known John O'Bryant had won. Now you'd say, "Mother of god, what kind of mayor is that that, that, that, that kind of change--it just was a, I did--I was fed up. It didn't affect me, I wasn't interested, and I didn't know about the change when it occurred, and I remember that well, it said something about myself, really. It began to show the signs that, that, well, something, and I can't express it. But in any case,--