U.S. At War: Olsen's Triumph

No one in Nebraska expects the Democratic gubernatorial candidate to beat vote getting Republican Governor Dwight Griswold next November. But no one expected that Pat Heaton, an able small-town lawyer and choice of the Democratic bosses, would lose the Democratic nomination. Yet last week when the primary votes were counted, Pat Heaton was 344 votes behind George W. Olsen, a baggy-clothed 62-year-old cafeteria bus boy at Omaha's Martin bomber plant, and an absolute political unknown. Sole reason for George Olsen's triumph: his Scandinavian name.

In Nebraska a Scandinavian name has an almost superlative political...

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