Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Donald McConville
McCONVILLE: In any event, he was governor of Minnesota for three or four terms. I think they were two-year terms at the time. At one time when he was campaigning, he had come to Spring Grove and they were looking for some farmer to host them for lunch. There weren't many Democrats in that part of the state; they were Midwestern Republicans. So my uncle was selected to host them for lunch. He had two young boys at the time, and I think every time I visited my uncle thereafter, one of the things I could count on: he would wheel out the pictures and show me the pictures of the time that Governor Freeman had lunch at his farm. One of the more amazing events was that, many years later when I was in the Foreign Service, I was on a plane going to Geneva, Switzerland, I believe it was, and we got delayed while we were on the ground. We were all standing there waiting to get off, and I recognized the man in front of me as Orville Freeman. This would have been many years later. So while we were standing there waiting, I introduced myself and I said, “Governor Freeman, you wouldn't remember this, but you brightened a day for my uncle a long time ago,” and I started to describe it, and he remembered the event and started to fill in other details. It was amazing. This must have been at least 20 or 25 years later or more, and Freeman remembered the day vividly. I guess that's why politicians are successful: they can remember people like that, people and events.
Q: After high school what did you think about a future? Where were you pointed, and how'd your family feel about it and teachers and that sort of thing?