In the late 1960s and early 1970s, culture used the word, “I dig such and such.” There was a song, “I dig rock ‘n roll music…” In the spring of 1970, I ran for a position as an officer in the high school student council. My best friend was the campaign manager and chose the slogan, “I DIG DOUG.” He made campaign buttons, flyers, and posters with that slogan. The election was between four people. The guy who won advertised as a “radical” – openly and with no reservations at all.
Recently, I began reading a book by Charlie Crist entitled, The Party’s Over. If anyone ever wonders whether they had a “twin” somewhere else on this earth, as I had often wondered. I have now been wondering about the parallels between Charlie and I, in two different areas of the USA, but at almost the same time. Is this an indicator of figurative “twins?”
One parallel involved our 1970s student council races in our respective schools. In St. Petersburg, FL, Charlie won. I lost in an upstate New York high school.
“I DIG DOUG” was a statement of respect, but ended with the conclusion of a political race. A little over a decade ago, at Palm Beach Community College, a student worker decided it was not appropriate to call me by my first name. So, the student decided “Mister Doug” would be the best way to address me. This has caught on, to some extent.
Now it is time to begin a new “report” on this blog. It seems appropriate to call this “column,” THE MISTER DOUG REPORT.
THE MISTER DOUG REPORT is to be a column which diverts from the unspoken approach to this blog, in the past. That approach was a moderate-progressive version of the tirades of hate-monger, Rush Limbaugh. This blog column will be a more tempered approach. After all, moderates, progressives and liberals are much more intelligent.