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(AP)   Strom Thurmond about to turn 99, surprised to learn he's not dead   ( divider line
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2001-12-04 09:30:46 AM  
Doesn't look a day over 110
2001-12-04 09:31:17 AM  
as are the rest of us
2001-12-04 09:35:30 AM  
Is is Strom or Storm? Damned telemarketers!
2001-12-04 09:37:09 AM  
It's Strom, and the ol' boy could use a little ironin'.
2001-12-04 09:40:43 AM  
does anyone have a backdoor link that I don't have to sign up for?
2001-12-04 09:54:55 AM  
He is dead. He just forgot to lie down.
2001-12-04 09:58:34 AM  
I started a family after 69, also. Oh wait, that's 69 years old. Nevermind.
2001-12-04 09:59:50 AM  
Anybody know what his birthday is?
I want to start a pool.
2001-12-04 10:01:32 AM  
hrm...I refuse to subscribe to any more web sites. could someone just paste the article?
2001-12-04 10:01:49 AM  
Someone made a Fark account at the NYTimes, I forget what the password is tho
2001-12-04 10:10:18 AM  
"I started a family after 69, also."

That sounds difficult. Either the woman's insides are wierd or you are suprisingly big.
2001-12-04 10:15:22 AM  
user: farkersforfree
2001-12-04 10:19:03 AM  
The article:

December 4, 2001

Thurmond Remains a Fixture in Senate

Filed at 9:49 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Strom Thurmond is about to turn 99, and even he finds that hard to believe.

``Sometimes I pinch myself and get out of bed laughing, because I'm still here,'' he told a former intern, commentator Armstrong Williams.

Thurmond would rather be nowhere else than the Senate, in which he has served longer than any other member, holds the record for solo filibustering and still casts votes in a clear voice that reaches from his front-row desk to the farthest corners of the gallery.

Ever more fragile, he turns 99 on Wednesday and intends to serve until his eighth Senate term expires in January 2003. He plans to retire back home in South Carolina at the age of 100.

James Strom Thurmond began life there at a time when airplanes and skyscrapers were the stuff of dreams, not nightmares.

Born Dec. 5, 1902, in Edgefield, he knew veterans of the Civil War and became a hero himself when he landed in Normandy on D-Day. Thurmond bolted the Democratic Party in 1948 over the party's civil rights platform and under the banner of the States Rights Party -- the ``Dixiecrats'' -- carried four Southern states and gained 39 electoral votes in an unsuccessful challenge of President Truman. He again quit the Democrats in 1964 and has been a Republican ever since.

Thurmond has served in the Senate since 1954, the first senator elected as a write-in candidate. He still holds the record for solo filibustering -- more than 24 hours consecutively -- which he set debating a desegregation bill that passed despite his persistence. Thurmond later changed his mind and supported racial integration, attributing the shift to keeping in tune with the nation.

Thurmond is legendary not solely for his political endurance but for a vigor that only lately has begun to wane. He began a family at age 69 and remains something of a flirt.

``To Pretty Hillary,'' Thurmond wrote on a photograph depicting his embrace of Hillary Rodham Clinton at her swearing-in as a senator.

In 1998, Thurmond groused that he was far more qualified to ride the space shuttle than the whippersnapper already promised a seat: former astronaut and retired Sen. John Glenn, then 77.

``If NASA really wanted to study the effects of space travel on an older American, they should have called me,'' Thurmond cracked.

The twinkle in Thurmond's eye and his influence over legislative matters have faded as his health declined. His fitness for office has been questioned by opponents, publications and colleagues, but the South Carolina senator steadfastly sticks with the job.

A half-dozen hospital visits this year culminated in Thurmond's collapse at his desk in the Senate this fall. He has since moved from his riverfront Alexandria, Va., residence into Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He arrives on Capitol Hill each morning at 9:30 and gets around its vast campus with the help of his aides and a wheelchair. He has not missed a vote. Thurmond sometimes meets with constituents, although those gatherings have decreased in recent months.

``The only thing that's changed is where he sleeps at night,'' said spokeswoman Rebecca Fleming.

It is widely understood that most of Thurmond's legislative and representative duties are carried out under his authority by longtime chief of staff Robert ``Duke'' Short. Short was not elected to make such decisions, but even Thurmond's most ardent political foes are too polite to make a fuss about that.

``I think all of us are willing to give him this opportunity to sort of fade into the sunset,'' said South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick Harpootlian.

Besides, Thurmond is no longer a political threat. When the Senate was split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats this year, Senate members and aides engaged in what came to be known as the ``Strom Watch,'' because any downturn in Thurmond's health could force him to give up his seat and break the tie.

At the time, as the Senate's president pro tem, Thurmond was third in line to succeed the president after the vice president and the speaker of the House.

But when Republican Sen. Jim Jeffords left the GOP in June and handed control to the Democrats, Thurmond's influence faded.

His age, stature and health evoke compassion even in the toughest partisans. During a roll call vote this year, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., took Thurmond's arm to steady him when he became disoriented while passing out candy on the Senate floor.

In October, when Thurmond slumped over in the Senate, Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., ordered the galleries emptied to prevent the public from witnessing any indignities. Thurmond, his colleagues said, never lost consciousness although he was taken to a hospital for observation.
2001-12-04 10:21:14 AM says that he has received votes from *civil war* veterans.
2001-12-04 10:23:26 AM  
"James Strom Thurmond began life there at a time when airplanes and skyscrapers were the stuff of dreams, not nightmares."

So did I, and so did everyone else over the age of 3 months. Bah. Stupid writers...
2001-12-04 10:23:45 AM  
An odd anecdote that came from one of my polisci professors:

Strom Thurmond missed his 50 year reunion with the guys he jumped with at D-Day (although they were fresh faced kids, Strom was in his 40s) because he was attending the _high school_ graduation of one of his kids.
2001-12-04 10:28:46 AM  
``The only thing that's changed is where he sleeps at night,' said spokeswoman Rebecca Fleming.

A coffin?!?!
2001-12-04 10:28:50 AM  
" says that he has received votes from *civil war* veterans."

Many of them moved to Chicago, where they're still voting!

They could teach Florida's voting dead a thing or two, especially how to stay off the freaking roads if you can't drive more than 10 mph...
2001-12-04 10:31:22 AM  
``The only thing that's changed is where he sleeps at night,'

Yep, a different hooker every night.
2001-12-04 10:34:45 AM  
10/6 - You slay me!
2001-12-04 10:37:48 AM  
Strom is dead. It's just that no one has told him yet.
2001-12-04 10:55:57 AM  
Goodness. This man just doesn't understand the youth of today hahaha.
2001-12-04 10:57:21 AM  
He's still got some catching up to do on Mr. Burns.
2001-12-04 10:59:12 AM  
Gotta give the guy credit for sheer persistence. Does anybody remember the late night Twilight Zone ripoff from the 80s called "The Hitchhiker"? In one episode, grandad dies but keeps hanging around the house, while his animated corpse just starts putrefying in front of everyone. The whole family is pretty freaked out, and so the son goes to a voodoo lady for a spell or a potion or something. She gives him black pepper, and tells him to put it in grandad's handkerchief.

The son is confused but does what she asks. So later, grandad is at the dinner table, and he pulls out his handkerchief to blow his nose. The pepper makes him sneeze, after which he looks into the handkerchief, gets up goes over and lays down on his bed, never to rise again. The whole time, we never see his face. The end of the show has the son looking with us into the handkerchief, where we see--grandad's nose! Seems that is what it took to convince him he had died.

Perhaps someone could oblige by putting pepper on Strom's handkerchief.
2001-12-04 11:15:38 AM  

"He was rumored to have been sexually involved with the only woman to ever receive the death penalty in South Carolina"

Before or after?
2001-12-04 11:22:24 AM  
Now someone's birthday "approaching" is news?
2001-12-04 11:23:41 AM  
"He arrives on Capitol Hill each morning at 9:30 and gets around its vast campus with the help of his aides, a wheelchair and THE EVERPRESENT ANGEL OF DEATH."
2001-12-04 11:56:10 AM  
Thurmond graduated high school before communism took over in Russia. That's pretty damn old.
2001-12-04 12:06:48 PM  
He will continue to get votes after he is dead.
2001-12-04 12:17:09 PM  
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2001-12-04 12:30:40 PM  
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2001-12-04 12:31:16 PM  
Strom's secret revealed...
2001-12-04 01:22:01 PM  
Laf, dogbone :)
2001-12-04 01:45:24 PM  
Yet somehow the dude has outlived two Beatles. Scary.

The guy was already middle aged when he ran against TRUMAN. Damn.
2001-12-04 02:00:36 PM  
Strom Facts
Þ James Strom Thurmond was born on December 5, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina
Þ He has been alive for almost half of the entire history of the United States
Þ Theodore Roosevelt was president when Strom was born
Þ He has been alive during the terms of 18 (out of 43) U.S. Presidents
Þ He was 14 when Lenin took power in Russia and John F. Kennedy was born
Þ He was 17 when women were granted the right to vote
Þ He's old enough to be George W. Bush's or Bill Clinton's grandfather
Þ He is one of few living politicians to have received votes from Civil War veterans
Þ He was 24 when the first movie featuring spoken dialogue (The Jazz Singer) was released
Þ He won an election 18 years before Bill Clinton or G. W. Bush were born
Þ He was elected state senator in 1933, the same year that Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany.
Þ He was 42 when the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima
Þ He was elected governor of SC in 1946 (The same year W and Clinton were born). He was governor from 1947 to 1951
Þ In 1954 he was a successful write-in candidate as U.S. Senator, after an extensive government and press sponsored campaign to teach the semi-literate South Carolina populace how to write his name.
Þ He is the oldest sitting and longest serving senator in U.S. history.
Þ He has been a senator for one fifth of the entire history of the United States
Þ He has been a senator through the terms of 10 U.S. Presidents. He was older than 9 of them.
Þ When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate, there were only 48 states in the union
Þ He holds the record for the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history at 24 hours and 18 minutes, in opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act. He began his filibuster by reading the texts of the election laws of all 48 states.
Þ In 1897, Strom's father Will shot and killed a political foe who called him a "low, dirty, scoundrel". He was acquitted after pleading self-defense
Þ He was rumored to have been sexually involved with the only woman to ever receive the death penalty in South Carolina
Þ He's old enough to be Bob Dole's father
Þ A dozen senators have died in office since Strom Thurmond turned 70
Þ He was 52 when Bill Gates was born
Þ He was 78 when the IBM PC was introduced in 1981
Þ He served as a senator alongside George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush
Þ He was 32 (and already a state senator) when Elvis Presley was born
2001-12-04 02:12:55 PM  
Heres another Strom Fact:

He can remember when you could open fark articles in the same window.

Oh wait. So can I.
2001-12-04 03:16:29 PM  
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2001-12-04 05:36:29 PM  
So what does this say about SC voters who keep the corpse in office?
2001-12-04 06:02:13 PM  
Strom doesn't look so bad, he can go another 100 years in office. Too bad that will leave SC with one senator.

Shot of him at his birthday party, what a spring chicken he looks.
2001-12-04 06:58:03 PM  
"So what does this say about SC voters who keep the corpse in office?"~ Kirby327

Are'nt these the same people who cant let go of that damn confederate flag? I see a pattern here.
2001-12-04 07:07:32 PM  
hahaha Undflickertail I took one look at that picture and couldn't stop laughing.

Doesn't he kinda look like Dan Aykroyd's character "Judge Valkenheiser" in the movie "Nothing but Trouble"?
2001-12-04 09:42:55 PM  
O: thanks for posting that. I enjoyed it :)

HolyoaK: haha.
2001-12-05 05:35:33 AM  
lol Heynow
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