3077Re: Fitts or Fitz
- Sep 1, 2002"tsember2000" wrote:
> DJ, I dunno. I'll go with the way his name appeared on the ballot.They put "Fitz" on the ballot ? That sounds like a definite screw-up.
> And that was Fitz, not Fitts. It looks like the nickname overcame
> the birth certificate.
As I said, every single official biography, article, book, and the
like all says "Fitts" as the middle name (including discussing in the
Congressional Memorial Address book the "Fitz" misnomer, some using
it in a friendly way, others in a not so friendly way, running the
misspelled middle name and last name into a "Fitzryan" combo). I
learned of his other sobriquet in the book (which I read in its
entirety just this afternoon) the "Apostle of Change." That seemed to
apply to his crusading style to reform the Democratic party in NY,
amongst other issues.
> Whether Bella's challenge further weakened him or not, I don'tHe did have surgery for throat cancer in '70, which at the time, the
> think anyone can say. He was a sick man, in any event. And he
> looked it. His chin and neck had been distorted from surgery. He
> could barely speak, if at all.
docs thought they had managed to rid him of. A lot of sources at the
time say that perhaps he might've lasted longer without having to so
vigorously campaign less than 2 years after the surgery (and indeed,
he had to have even more surgery that summer of '72).
> A lot of people felt she was takingWhich to this day just seems remarkable, and I dare say a betrayal of
> advantage of him. Bella suffered the backlash. After the primay she
> seemed to be finished.
> And then he died.
> Indeed, the replacement committee chose Bella over Fitz's wife.
William Ryan. She practically helps him into the grave and gets a
reward for it... It's also too bad the electorate validated the
shameful decision. Real nice. :-|
Hey, don't blame me, I would've voted for Barry Farber.
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