Guv Among the Ruins

Batting around the Mecham legacy over bagels

It’s 1988. We’re 10 years old and Grandmother Ethel is visiting from Florida. The recall effort of Arizona Governor Evan Mecham is in full effect. Arizona hates him. Our folks hate him. Shut, even our grandma, who had no idea who this guy was until now, hates him. So we hate the rat bastard, too.

Looking back through slightly more mature eyes, the now-deceased ex-gov seemed like a decent chap who was just bad at his job. Or was he? Local author and historian Jack August explores the tumultuous political career of Mecham during the “Grand Plans and Dirty Deeds: Wrongful Impeachment – The Unusual Story of Evan Mecham” lecture.

Sat., Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon, 2008
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