Roger W. Eddy, '86 GOP CT Senate nominee
- Roger W. Eddy
NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Roger W. Eddy, a former state senator and
representative who ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign against
Chris Dodd in 1986, died on his 83rd birthday Saturday after a brief
A decorated World War II veteran educated at Yale University, Eddy
ran his family's farm on Cedar Street and sold fruits and vegetables.
In addition to farming and public life, in 1952 Eddy invented the
popular Audubon Bird Call, a finger-sized device of wood and metal
that, when twisted, produces a chirpy, birdlike sound.
The device was assembled at his farm and has sold steadily for
decades. People were calling his home ordering spring shipments the
day he died.
He also served on the Republican National Committee and wrote four
books, two of which became television screenplays.
Dodd easily beat Eddy to retain his Senate seat in 1986, but Eddy
waged a gritty campaign.
Eddy was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1959 and
served one two-year term. He also served two terms in the state
Senate, from 1967 to 1971.
During World War II, he served with the 87th Mountain Infantry
Regiment during the invasion of the Aleutian Islands and later
served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Italian campaign
against the Germans. He was awarded two Silver Stars and a Bronze