Yesterday, we mentioned Richard Nixon on Election Day 1968 as one of only two political candidates to be mentioned on my grandfather’s calendars.
The other? Well … the odds are good you wouldn’t have guessed, unless you spent time in Stamford, Connecticut, in the 1970s.
This is actually three candidates’ names — and one of them, my grandpa’s pick, is misspelled.
What we have here is the 1969 Stamford mayoral election, between Julius Wilensky (Republican), Paul Kuczo (Democrat) and John Nocerino (something called the Fusion Party.)
Wilensky won, and served two terms as mayor between 1969 and 1973. Coincidentally, he appears on the same front page of the Stamford Advocate mentioned in yesterday’s entry. The story is about Wilensky, an avid yachtsman, steering a 157-foot Coast Guard cutter into a slip as part of the city’s Fourth of July festivities.
Kuczo and Nocerino, meanwhile, filed suit after the election against a company called Western Connecticut Broadcasting, claiming the company unfairly censored their advertisements while rubber-stamping those of Wilensky.
The case was not decided until October 1977 in federal circuit court, and appears to have been judged in favor of the broadcasting company. Those who enjoy legal wrangling can learn more here.
(Frederick Lenz, who upset Wilensky in the fall 1973 election, lasted only one term as mayor and was defeated in 1975. So, by the time Kuczo and Nocerino got their final verdict, the guy who replaced the guy who replaced Wilensky had been in office for almost two years. The American legal system is a trip-and-a-half sometimes.)