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Nila Saliba

Chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Committee. Picture of Nila Saliba taken during class discussion of George S. McGovern's new book "Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle With Alcoholism" at McLeod Hall, University of Virginia on October 16, 1996.

Where Were You In 1972?

"I was in Parsons, Kansas working on the newspaper. It was my first phone bank. Three of us called the entire city phone directory urging them to vote for McGovern. We didn't bother to keep a list of favorables because among the three of us we knew them all. It was Dole country, even then. " In 1972, George McGovern lost every state with the exception of Massachusetts.

Making Charlottesville Proud

Living in Charlottesville must suit Nila. In the most recent election, Nila elected a straight Democratic slate:


Charlottesville '96 ( Unofficial results, Daily Progress, November 6, 1996)

PRESIDENT: Bill Clinton (D) 7,916; Bob Dole (R) 4,091.

SENATE: Mark Warner (D) 7,424; John Warner (R) 5,255.

HOUSE: Virgil Goode (D) 7,882; George Landrith (R) 3,643; George R. "Tex" Wood (I) 554.

 Proust Questionaire (Adapted from Vanity Fair, January 2001)
 1. What is your greatest fear? Getting left off George's e-mail list.
2. What is your greatest extravagance? Water
 3. What is your favorite journey?  Life!
 4. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Never say anything bad about anybody
 5. What do you dislke most about your appearance? Nothing. Perfect would be boring.
 6. Which living person do you most despise? Despising someone is a waste of valuable energy... which is entirely different than never saying
anything bad about anybody.
 7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  ......
 8. What or who is the greatest love of your live? I'll never tell.
 9. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? I prefer real people.
10. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Packing up my son and
the cat and heading over the mountains to Virginia
11. What is your most treasured possession? Books
12. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Losing a child
13. Where would you like to live? Boston (maybe Denise and I should rent an apartment)
14. Who are your favorite writers? Robert Parker and Stephen Ambrose and Tolstoy and Molly Ivins
15. Who are your heroes in real life? People who know the glass is half full, not half empty
16. What is your motto?  "I Glide Through Chaos"
17. What is your greatest regret? That I missed the American Revolution.
18. What is it that you most dislike? Caviar
 19. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Please, God, not a politician.

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