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Happy's followers were loyal, none more so than Will Bennett

Dave Rosenbaum recalls the 1959 Governor's race and the Fairplay, KY, political forums; he remembers, in addition to Will Bennett, a feat of memory by Happy Chandler while speaking from a flatbed truck in front of what was then Young's Rexall Store
Related: Comments re article 80024 History Sen McConnell great lecture on KY political rivalries

By Dave Rosenbaum

Thanks for the McConnell lecture video. The mention of Happy Chandler brings to mind the 1959 governors election.

There was always much discussion of political happenings at Dad\'s store. Will Bennett was the most loyal Chandler supporter in the area. I recall him resolutely telling my Dad, "Stanley, If Bert Combs would pave a road to my door in solid gold, I would vote for Happy Chandler." That's loyalty.

Also, during that campaign, I recall being in Columbia one Saturday night when Happy spoke on the square from the back of a flat bed truck on the Young's Rexall Drug side of the square.

During the speech, Happy spotted Will in the crowd.

He stopped and invited Will onto the stage.

He placed his arm around Will's shoulders and asked him how Ide, Will's wife, was. He then asked about all of Will's children, by name, one by one.

That is a campaigner! --Dave Rosenbaum

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