Yesterday was a very special day…we went back in time, 1956 to be exact, an attended The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. This Wisconsin group was hosting their annual quiche breakfast in the Senator Joe McCarthy* hall. We had the privilege to be up close and personal with the group’s impressive leadership. Particularly impressive, and very persuasive was their president Lulie Stanwick (Lynn Langone ), She rules this gathering of ‘widows” with an iron fist. It is one of those ‘her way or the highway’ dominations. Example: she expelled a longtime member for committing a sacrilege by bringing a quiche….with MEAT! These ladies revere the ‘egg.’ They have no tolerance for meat (or men). Their motto: "No men. No meat. All manners."
Since this is 1956 when we were finding communists under every rock thanks in part to McCarthy and his anti-Red crusade. The most popular slogan was ‘Better Dead Than Red.’ The fear of an a-bomb attack drove many to build shelters in their yards. School kids were instructed to seek cover under their desks in the event of a nuclear explosion! (Read the footnote)
Back to the group’s leadership: the other board members are Ginny Cadbury (Julie Camelotto), Wren Robin (D'Angelique Dopson), Dale Prist (Nikki Simz), and Veronica Schultz ( Tracy Lee Witko).