The Life off the Party

Wowing big groups and small, Ferraro is suddenly a heroine

Just a few days earlier she could go practically anywhere without being recognized, much less causing a stir. But in San Francisco last week Geraldine Ferraro was a mobile media event, her every public move and utterance analyzed for substance and style. Citizens thronged around her, and politicians of every color and creed embraced her. Some women cried as they touched her.

The extreme attention was natural. No woman had ever before run for national office on the ticket of a major party, and everybody wanted a closeup look at the pioneer....

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