Dick Johnson sent the following item, which provided the answer to his presidential candidate quiz question. -EditorCount on this when John McCain makes his acceptance speech tonight at the Republican National Convention: Thirty-one cents worth of "lucky" coins will be resting in his pocket.
According to reporters following the campaign, McCain is quite superstitious, a throwback to his days as a Navy pilot. Supposedly, he also owns lucky feathers, shoes and sweaters, plus a laminated four-leafed clover he carries in his wallet.
Last April, The Washington Times reported McCain's lucky lucre consists of a certain quarter, nickel and penny, either given to him by admirers or found by the senator himself.
But, as any seasoned coin picker-upper will attest, they all were heads-up when found.
According to folklore, a coin will not impart good fortune to the finder if it is tails-up. It has to be heads, or it isn't touched.
Surely McCain isn't alone. People can dismiss superstitions all they want, but deep down inside, just about everybody has some quirk, custom or talisman they believe in.
To read the complete article, see: Venable: A different type of 'change' (http://www5.knoxnews.com/news/2008/sep/04/a-different-type-of-change/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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