Milestones: 44 Years Ago In Time

Before Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Al Franken, there was MORT SAHL, who revitalized stand-up comedy in the 1950s with his trenchant political wit. TIME joined the laughter in a 1960 cover story on the verge of an election.

The citizen has certain misgivings. "Politics aside," he wonders, "is Richard Nixon worth [a salary of] $100,000? I admit his chances look pretty good, but what about ours?" Waging a sort of personal third campaign, he has a captious eye on Hyannisport as well: "The choice is between the lesser of two evils, anyway," he says. "Some people claim Nixon is trying...

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