Barry Morris Goldwater birth

January 2nd, 1909

Barry Morris Goldwater was born on January 2, 1909 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He died on May 29, 1998 in Paradise Hills, Arizona.  Barry Goldwater attended Phoenix High School, where Hemme Martin taught during the time he was there.  Later he graduated from Staunton Military Academy, an elite private school in Virginia.  He returned to Phoenix and attended the University of Arizona for one year, joining the Sigma Chi fraternity.  Barry Goldwater took over the family department store, Goldwater’s, after the death of his father, Baron Goldwater, who died in 1930.

The Phoenix High School yearbook with Barry Goldwater’s picture should be scanned and entered on this page.

Donald Clayton campaigned extensively on behalf of Barry Goldwater in 1964, distributing campaign materials in the poorest neighborhoods of Reno, inhabited (then) primarily by people of color.  Later he placed many campaign signs along the public highways of Reno and northern Nevada.  When Barry Goldwater visited Reno in (August?) of 1964, during the Presidential campaign, Donald Clayton was there (watching in the crowd).

It was not Barry Goldwater’s (supposed) stand on civil rights, or his (now often misinterpreted conservatism) that made him an appealing candidate.  Probably ANYONE was better than LBJ, for the country.  That was evident then, just as it is evident now.  Much of the Republican excitement was associated with Margaret Chase Smith, the first women to ever be nominated as a candidate for a national political party (in 1964).  The Republicans were the party for an equality of women, Goldwater was of and from the West, a western state, and a small one, not like California.  Also, Goldwater was even Jewish, although the religion he practiced was not.

When all was said and done the problem with Goldwater was that he was honest.  He spoke the truth, he generally refused to “cover-up” or lie.  As a result he lost the election (of 1964) totally and terribly.  Ronald Reagan was not like Barry Goldwater at all.  Reagan lied, manipulated people and the truth, loved himself more than his country.  Of course Reagan became president, in a nation where Goldwater of course, couldn’t.

The irony to all this of course is the story of Eugene McCarthy.  He wrote the book A Liberal Answer to the Conservative Challenge (published in 1964), that was a response to Barry Goldwater’s book Conscience of a Conservative (1960).   I (Donald Clayton) read the McCarthy book while riding on a Greyhound bus through Arizona and Texas, on my way to Florida and then Ecuador, in mid-summer of 1964.

I hated the book at the time, but by January of 1968 I was for Eugene McCarthy all the way (not LBJ).   It was a difficult time for me, for peace, for the nation.  I campaigned as I could for McCarthy.  I was living in a Ford Bronco, parked in a parking lot, with huge McCarthy for President signs upon its sides the night that Robert Kennedy both sealed the Democratic primary in California, and got shot.  I watched the whole thing live on my portable B&W TV plugged into the cigarette lighter for power.  I was there, to be close to a friend, who lived at the time (temporarily) in Burlingame, California.  After June 5, 1968, for me, politics was pretty much over.  It was my last campaign.

This is the Wiki article on Barry Goldwater.