The North Cove, WA Genealogy Society contacted us today with interesting information, which on its face was quite a conicidence, considering the numerous reports in the media the last two days regarding similarÂ stories about the current presidential candidates.
Their first revelation was no surprise to us.Â It is a fact that Pat Paulsen is a direct descendant of Leif Ericson, who you all know discovered America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus laid his claim.
Other information was quite unexpected, however.Â They have found that Pat is related to Chief Sitting Bull, who was his great, great uncle on his mother’s side.Â This makes sense – it must be where he got his often used expression, “Bullfeathers!”
And this:Â Jesse Jackson is his 5th cousin, twice removed.Â Through research it has been determined that his family changed the spelling of their name from Jacksen to Jackson three generations ago.
Â The most exciting however, is the discovery that Pat and Elvis were 3rd cousins.Â We should have known – they both had an affinity for peanut butter and banana sandwiches!
They are stillÂ conducting research and promised they would be back in touch with more information.Â We will keep you updated as we hear further news.
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February 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments
This car was spotted outside an Obama event in New Hampshire.
Click on Photo #2.Â Â Â GO PAT!
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February 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments
Dr. Joel Goodman, founder and director of The HUMOR Project in Saratoga Springs, New York interviewed Pat Paulsen for his LAUGHING MATTERS magazine in 1993 and involved Pat in his annual international humor conference.Â According to Goodman, “Pat personified and put into action one of my favorite quotes from JFK:Â ‘There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter.Â The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.’Â In his life…and beyond…Pat has been doing what he can with the third to remind us that we are all humor beings!”
I remember the evening of the interview as if it were yesterday.Â I hope you enjoy reading it!
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‘THE ALMOST PRESIDENT’
In 1968, the landscape of our nation’s political environment was about to change dramatically. In the volatile atmosphere of that election year, during a time of political unrest and cynicism, one man emerged on the political scene and forever changed the way we look at campaign politics. Pat Paulsen, with the face of a desperate Basset Hound and the body of a lumpy toothpick, appeared as if out of nowhere.
Who was this quiet, soft-spoken son of a Norwegian immigrant, whom Hubert Humphrey angrily accused of causing his loss in the 1968 election, whom Bobby Kennedy called “ruthless”, who turned American politics on its head, and paved the way for a new generation of presidential candidates?
This is a look at the self-proclaimed “common, ordinary, simple savior of America’s destiny.” Our one hour television special offers 40 years of historical perspective, presenting candid and insightful observations from past and present political figures, news anchors, pundits, celebrities and friends.
Pat Paulsen: Was he too dumb to be elected….or too honest to be trusted?
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February 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments
We just found this posting on YouTube- what a riot!Â We had forgotten about the bit.Â It came from his “Half a Comedy Hour” and is also included on his video “Pat Paulsen’s Greatest TV Bits” which you can find on our “Collectables” page.
Pat needs a new slogan for the 2008 race.Â Winner will receive a 1968 first edition signed “Pat Paulsen for President” book.Â We’ll use the best slogan on the new bumper stickers.Â Click onÂ ‘Comments’ to submit your idea.Â Winning slogan will be announced soon, so hurry to enter!
January 22nd, 2008 · 6 Comments
JAN-22-DETROIT, MI – Even deceased, presidential candidate Pat Paulsen managed to garner more votes than Democratic candidate Kucinich in several precincts of Michigan’s January 15th primary.
Paulsen’s two-week Michigan effort to get out the vote on a Democratic ballot that featured Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Christopher Dodd and the ultimate second-place finisher, UNCOMMITED, turned out to be a treasure trove of votes for Pat Paulsen.
In spite of the warnings posted by bureaucratic clerks that write-in votes would not be counted in the early Michigan Primary, hundreds of voters, both Democratic and Republican, exercised their conscience and their constitutional right to choose the next president of the United States by writing in Pat Paulsen on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.
“I’m not sure whether it was nostalgia or just a malaise with the useless primary,” said Lincoln Park, Michigan Mayor Frankie Vaslo, “but the Paulsen campaign ran a hard race in Lincoln Park precincts.Â His strong showing, I am sure, convinced Chris Dodd and Mike Gravel to gracefully exit the race.”
In neighboring Dearborn, the hometown of Henry Ford, Paulsen did even better.Â “Although we were instructed by the Bureau of Elections not to count write-ins,” said City Clerk Kathleen Buda, “I couldn’t help but notice the reams of write-ins choosing Pat Paulsen.”Â “I think it was a denial of our civil rights to tell us our votes wouldn’t count,” added Dearborn schoolteacher Dave Higgins, 42.Â “Pat Paulsen is not of my generation but he holds forth with values and wisdom that are timeless.Â He got my vote, and many from my friends and family.”Â Joe Podorsek of Redford Township, a former Motown Records studio musician and close friend of guitarist Ted Nugent, chaired the write-in campaign for western Wayne County.Â “What better way to show your respect for the teachers who taught you to read and write by using that skill and writing in Pat Paulsen for President.”
In a state where the Democratic and Republican Parties threatened to take away all the delegates for violating national party rules, the supporters of Pat Paulsen in Michigan are looking forward to casting their delegate votes to nominate Pat Paulsen for President.Â A Pat Paulsen nominating convention is scheduled for early summer in Los Angeles.
More information on Pat Paulsen, who was the first ever presidential candidate to have a website, can be found at http://www.paulsen.com
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January 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments
As we are made aware of articles appearing in the press around the Country, we will place the links here.
This story by Rich Freedman ran in several newspapers in Northern California on January 11, 2008. Quite a nice piece!
We don’t hear about most of them directly, so if you see something published in your local paper, post the link to it in “Comments”. We’d love to see and share.
Here’s another article referencing Pat’s success in the Michigan Primary!
This is a great news story by Chris Smith of the Press Democrat Sunday, Jan 27!
Read the story here.
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January 18th, 2008 · 7 Comments
Social Security…..“Why should old people get it?Â They just sit around all day doing nothing.” Â 4-19
Middle Class…..“What middle class? There’s only seven people left in the middle class – who cares about them? 4-12
National Debt…..“Let the kids pay it – they still owe us rent and gas money.” 4-05
The Future…..“Worrying about the future is a thing of the past. I don’t think about it.” 3-29
Foreign Aid….“We should ask every country in the world to send us whatever they can.” 3-22
Same Sex Marriages….“I’m for them. They will cut down on overcrowding in the schools.” 3-15
Pat on Education….“Every child has a right to go to high school and end up with a third grade education.” 3-08
Pat on taxes….“No Taxes. Let’s just tip the government 15% if they do a good job.” 3-01
Pat on prayer in the schools….“Kids should be able to go to school and pray they won’t get shot.” 2-23
Pat on his running mate….“Many of you have asked why it’s taken me so long to select a running mate. I have no intention of reaching into the political grab bag and grabbing any man to be my running mate. I’m going to reach in and grab a woman!” 2-16
Pat on drugs….“They said I ignored the drug problem. Well, I gave speeches on drugs, I wrote books on drugs…..I did darn near everything on drugs!” 2-09
Pat on his motivation…. “I’m often asked why I travel around the country talking politics. Is it for humanitarian reasons, community spirit, or is it for the money, the limosines or the girls? The answers are: no, no, yes yes yes!” 2-o1
Pat on honesty in politics….”I must choose my words carefully in order to avoid any negative interpretation. Among politicians, this is a tactic known as lying.” 1-18
Pat on Immigration….”I don’t want to say too much about illegal immigration. I’m afraid my views will be reported on the Cinco O’Clock News”. 1-11
Pat on the current candidates…Obama? Huckabee? Guiliani? Romney? Kucinich? “Whatever happened to the Washingtons, the Jeffersons, and the Johnsons? ….. Well, they’re playing basketball, most of ‘em”. 1-04
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January 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments
Pat Paulsen for President bumper stickers are showing up all over the place, and several people have emailed us photographic proof. If you see any, grab your camera and shoot a picture so we can add it to this gallery.
Several of the ones pictured here were purchased on this website, but some of them are very old collector’s items dating back to very early campaigns. Impressive!