May 18, 2016.
It was Uncle Alex who had arranged the lunch. He and Powers Hapgood had been at Harvard together…
Uncle Alex was so conservative politically that I do not think he would have eaten lunch with Hapgood gladly if Hapgood had not been a fellow Harvard Man. Hapgood was then a labor union officer, a vice-president of the local CIO. His wife Mary had been the Socialist party’s candidate for vice-president of the United States again and again.
In fact, the first time I voted in a national election I voted for Norman Thomas and Mary Hapgood, not even knowing that she was an Indianapolis person. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman won. I imagined that I was a socialist. I believed that socialism would be good for the common man. As I private first class in the infantry, I was surely a common man.
---from Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.