Have you ever been some place and got the most random text? That's how it was for me Saturday when I was in Wal-Mart. I received a text out of the blue from a friend that I only hear from every once in a great while. They were remarking that the trifecta had once again been achieved with this latest news.
Former Representative Geraldine Ferraro passed away Saturday as a result of complications from blood cancer. She was 75-years-old.
When I first got the message it was a little odd. It mentioned the other two celebrities that had recently left us then said "and now Geraldine". For some reason, the first thing that immediately came to mind was Flip Wilson's character Geraldine. Then I started trying to remember if Flip had already died. He did. Back in 1998. Not that I knew that at the time. Anyway, it didn't take me long to figure out who they were talking about.
Ms. Ferraro had been in politics for some time before she made big news back in 1984. That's when she was chosen as the running mate for Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis in the presidential election that year. It really doesn't matter what she did before that. Becoming the first major female vice-presidential candidate was all that many of us ever associated her with from that moment on.
That's why when Hillary made her big run back in 2008 it seemed like a little old hat to many of us 80s children. Sure, she was going for the highest office in the land. But it's not like we hadn't seen a woman on that big stage before. Hillary couldn't even make it as the Democratic nominee. Well Geraldine was right there years before. It didn't matter if it was only as the VP. That was still closer than Hillary got.
Maybe it's just me but it seemed like Ms. Ferraro almost disappeared off the face of the earth after that crushing defeat in the election. For that matter, so did Dukakis. But you would think she would have been more visible since she had played a bigger part in history. She may have been gone but she wasn't forgotten. I know I would always remember the pioneering role she had. So much so that her name would resonate with me for years to come.
Rest in peace, Ms. Ferraro.