The first election I gave any attention to was in 1968. I don't remember '64 or any 'off-year' or local elections before '68. But by then I was in the 4th grade, so it was hard to miss all the talk about it that year, and I wonder if I had started school just one year earlier I would remember '64. Anyway, the year before in April everybody was talking about the King assassination, and there was confusion in my class as to who he was. Some said he had been President and some Vice President. Our teacher just tried to explain, "No he wasn't President or Vice President-- but he was a great leader." Then there was the RFK assassination in June, after school was out, and I was getting the idea that assassinations were 'common,' especially when we are going to elect a new President. I don't really remember news about the conventions that summer; just that as school went on in the fall, some were saying, "Don't vote for Nixon-- he'll make you go school on Saturday." I don't know where that idea came from. Then one guy heard that and he added, "But what about Humphrey? He'll make you go to school on Sunday." That year was the first year of full integration for our school district, I should probably add. But we didn't really understand the racial issues; like before we didn't understand who MLK was. We tool 'votes' in the class, and Nixon won big. I think the only ones who voted Humphrey were the 4 black students (of 33 in the class, AIR) plus 1 or 2 others. My family were Democrats, but I saw that it was more the trend to vote Nixon, so I did. Then on Election night-- Nov. 5, 1968-- I saw Nixon was going to win, and I remembered that "make us go to school on Saturday" thing, because my younger brother had also heard that and seemed to believe it. He asked out loud, "Are we gonna have to go to school this Saturday?" and our dad said, "Now, the President doe'n't have anything to do with that. If you heard anything like that, just don't worry about it." Meanwhile, with Wallace winning several states, I got the idea it was normal for there to be 3 major candidates. Some kid in 1980 would not have gotten that same idea, because John Anderson did not win any states. But it was several more years before I understood how Wallace won states, as well as the history of race relations and Vietnam and all those very divisive issues for the time. Does anyone else have a first election story about perceptions, misunderstandings, et al?