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RIP, Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

This is a quick post to keep the blog churning, but also an important post because we would be remiss to ignore the death of Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) last week. She was 85.

You likely recognize Mrs. Temple — if you recognize her at all — from when she was Miss Temple, a brilliant child actress who captivated audiences during the depths of the Great Depression in classics like Curly Top and The Littlest Rebel. FDR was a fan, stating (we must hope, exaggerating) that “as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” You may also know the non-alcoholic drink named after her, the Shirley Temple.

What you may not know is Shirley Temple’s long career as a politician, first in the Republican Party of California, later as a Nixon-appointed delegate to the U.N. General Assembly, a Ford-appointed ambassador to Ghana, a Reagan-era officer-expert at the Department of State and a Bush-appointed ambassador to Czechoslovakia. The last post she held during the collapse of the Soviet Union and restructuring of the Soviet Bloc — it was no bit part.

So fill up a rocks glass with ginger ale and grenadine in tribute to a great American. Take it away, Shirley.

M. Blake Seitz is Editor-in-Chief of THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE

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