Readers old enough to have been politically aware in 1968 will probably recognize the slogan “HHH in ’68!” Hubert H. Humphrey lost his bid for the presidency that year to Richard Nixon. But Humphrey was not the only triple H political figure on the scene then. Princeton Councilwoman Heather Harding Howard, lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, faculty affiliate of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and director of State Health and Value Strategies, was born that year. And she owns a couple of “HHH in ’68” posters to commemorate that fact.
Political engagement, with the determination to make a positive difference on all levels, has been a hallmark of Howard’s life.
“Maybe it was in my blood to care about policy and politics, even from birth,” she says. “I was born in October 1968, just a couple of weeks before the election.” It was a year of intense political activity, with the Vietnam War raging and anti-war protests gaining momentum throughout the country and the world; the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. in April and Robert Kennedy in June; the Prague Spring followed in August by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia; Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run for a second term; widespread demonstrations, disorder, violence, and arrests at the Democratic Convention in Chicago; and Nixon’s eventual election victory over Humphrey and George Wallace.
High energy, seriousness of purpose, determination, and focus are reflected in Howard’s demeanor and in the impressive accomplishments and the relentless productivity of her distinguished career so far.
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