People: Sep. 23, 1985

Half a lifetime ago, he suffered the worst electoral defeat in modern presidential politics when he was swamped by F.D.R. in 1936. But ever since, it seems, Alf Landon has been a winner in people's hearts. Certainly there were many happy returns last week as hundreds turned out in Topeka to help the former Kansas Governor (1932 to 1936) celebrate his 98th birthday. President Reagan phoned to wish him well. Vice President George Bush came to visit. Landon's daughter Republican Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas, 53, was there also. Students from Topeka's Landon Junior High School serenaded him with "Happy Birthday"...

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