Tuesday, August 5, 2014

That Ray Conniff Singer and Nixon

If you watched the HBO doc Nixon on Nixon last night, or on HBO GO this week, you may have noted an incident I'd long forgotten--the night at the White House in early 1972 when a singer with the super-square Ray Conniff Singers held up a protest sign vs. the Vietnam war and gave a little speech--"Bless the Berrigans, and Bless Daniel Ellsberg"--as they were about to go into their first super-square song.  Nixon was there, for course, but so were Charles Lindbergh, Frank Borman, Lionel Hampton, Billy Graham, Bob Hope, and so on.  It was a dinner for the Reader's Digest.  Martha Mitchell said, "She ought to be torn limb from limb."  You don't learn any of this from the doc but it's all in a lengthy 1997 piece in the Wash Post.  She got booted out after that first song.  Her name now rings a bell--Carole Feraci.  And she was still alive in '97 and talked to the Post. 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Greg, is she still alive now?

kellyashcraft@yahoo.com said...

She is still alive and living in Southern California. I've known her my whole life, she's an amazing woman... still full of idealism.

Anonymous said...

I live for her. More people should be like her.

Anonymous said...

What a brave American. Please post a pic of her now.

Zoompad said...

Wow, what a beautiful lady! How dare they have a go at her for that, and what a hypocrite Billy Graham is!