Misunderstanding Grover Norquist

Boy, I am so ignorant. Do you ever get that feeling? I was listening to THIS AMERICAN LIFE earlier, and Ira spent some time talking to

Grover Norquist.

I had heard of Grover Norquist. I had somehow built a structure of GROVER NORQUIST FACTS in my head that went something like:

*Grover Norquist was born in 1898 to Swedish immigrant parents who farmed a cranberry bog in Maine.
*Grover showed early promise as a tobogganist, even winning his county’s LYLE MACMOOF MEMORIAL TROPHY for his record-breaking peak-to-bog run in 1911.
*As a young man, Grover studied the harp.
*Grover served as a missionary for his Lutheran congregation, but basically only went to Canada and then came back, complaining of dyspeptic attacks due to poor food quality.
*Grover had something to do taxes and small government and was involved in politics in the 1920s and 1930s, but vanished from view during WWII, when he focused his energies on growing cranberries for the merchant marine.

All totally wrong. I am am pretty disappointed by the reality of the matter. I feel like his name really misleads you into thinking that he’s going to be awesome and bizarre in a 19th century way. Boo.

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