102 year old Jerry Emmett helped announced the vote of the Arizona delegation in the roll call vote at the Democratic convention Tuesday. Emmett was born in 1914, six years before women even had the right to vote. She told the media that she remembers her mother casting her first vote after women got the vote. She was born two years after Arizona became a state and she knew the first Governor.
These centenarians are amazing. I want to mention that I have been speaking with 103 year old Gene Shea on the phone from Florida for an article and book I have been writing. He told me about growing up with his brother, Jack, who won two gold medals at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. They both went to Dartmouth and Gene helped Jack with his training.
I just finished writing Jack’s story, how he refused to skate in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Nazi Germany. He said he couldn’t go there because of the way the Jewish population was being treated by the Nazis. The Shea family owned a market there and had many Jewish customers who asked him not to go to Germany. He challenged the American Olympic Committee and its leader, Avery Brundage, who rejected the movement to boycott those Olympics in Germany. Brundage said that politics and sports shouldn’t mix, Jack Shea, who loved the Olympics, said that the discrimination against Jews was more important than than skating in the Olympics to him.
My book about Jack, Keeper of the Olympic Flame, is now published and up on amazon.com and in local bookstores in Albany, Saratoga and Lake Placid. Here’s the link on amazon