I just heard that our former governor, Ned McWherter, has passed away. Governor McWherter was an effective leader who served Tennessee for two terms in the late eighties and nineties.
In the days when we considered ourselves blue dogs more than independents, I had the chance to meet him twice and thought he just seemed like a big ol' teddy bear. John had been fortunate to attend his first inaugural at the Opryland Hotel and was able to meet with him in somewhat more small group settings a couple other times, including dinner at a steakhouse once. Now, I won't say how many he had that evening but, according to my husband, the man did enjoy his steak.
Rest in peace, Ned Ray. You'll be missed.