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The Romney photos

June 5, 2012 - Jim Anderson
Mitt Romney got a one-sentence mention in the Iron Mountain Daily News when he visited Iron Mountain on Aug. 21, 1970.

Accompanying his mother, Lenore Romney, during her U.S. Senate campaign, the future GOP presidential candidate was just 23 years old.

Last week, we published a photo in our print edition from that 1970 campaign visit. It shows Mitt and Lenore Romney strolling through downtown Iron Mountain with a group of unidentified young supporters.

So far, no one has contacted the newspaper to say “That’s me, that’s me,” in the photo with the Romneys.

A different photo from the 1970 Iron Mountain visit was included in a cover story in Time magazine on June 4, 2012. Again, the supporters are unidentified. The historic Dickinson Inn is in the background.

In its coverage of the 1970 Romney visit, the Iron Mountain Daily News published (on Aug. 22) a front-page photo similar to the one (Frame 4) in the link at right. No supporters were identified in the newspaper’s coverage. A brief story was included inside, with Lenore Romney leveling criticisms against her Democratic opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Phil Hart. (Hart would go on to win the election by a 2 to 1 margin.) Mitt Romney is mentioned in the last sentence of the Iron Mountain story. He is not quoted.

Douglas Gilbert, free-lancing for LOOK magazine, took a number of photos as he traveled with the Romneys through the Upper Peninsula. If you can identify anyone in the photos in the Time magazine link, we’d be happy to hear from you.



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