In addition to some standard Cold War type news (the Soviets were whining about their airspace being compromised), the biggest headline went to President Eisenhower’s drug use issue. I know! What?! Ike used drugs?!! Well, here’s how things went down. A guy named Wesley D’Ewart had been nominated to be the Assistant Secretary of the Interior. And you know how it is when it’s nomination time. Every picayune little detail is blown into monstrous proportions in one party’s effort to overthrow the other party’s nomination.
Somehow in the course of discussing the D’Ewart nomination, the topic of “smear tactics” came up, which seemed to dominate the discussion from that point forward. First D’Ewart was asked if he’d had knowledge of Republican accusations regarding certain persons’ communist allegiances. That rolled into the fact that Eisenhower was being prescribed a medication called dicumarol, a blood thinner. Which bled into all sorts of concerns regarding Eisenhower’s need to be propped up with drugs in order to run in the upcoming election.
All of which just goes to show that bipartisan shenanigans are certainly nothing new.
Steel workers were on strike. The GOP was beginning to discuss campaign strategy for Ike as he ran for a second term.
An artillery man who was traveling from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne for the Frontier Days celebration was thrown from his horse when a dog jumped out of a ditch and surprised the horse. The accident happened before the artillery man had even left Colorado Springs. The man suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
Fashion designer Ceil Chapman presented several outfits at a big show (not in Fort Collins) that were heavy laden with beads, sequins, and jewels.
The Brownies were participating in day camp at City Park where they learned square dancing among other activities.
|Every Friday we flash back to a different (randomly chosen) year to get a sense of the issues and events in Fort Collins at the time. Next week is supposed to be from 1914 again. But we just covered 1914 a few weeks back. (Which is the problem with random number generators. Sometimes they give the same number more than once. Which would work fine if the time of year was spread out a little more. But that’s not the case here.) Soooooo, I think we’ll do a little “That was then, this is now” surveying next Friday.|
Source for this article:
The Fort Collins Coloradoan, 11 July 1956. I accessed this newspaper from microfilm at the FCMoD Archive.