Wendy Kirst Interview for John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project (October 2018)
"Conversations With and About Mike"
John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
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1 audio file; 1 text file; 1 photograph
PLACE OF CREATION
Stanford (Calif.): Stanford Historical Society
October 10, 2018
Stanford Historical Society
Wendy Kirst shares memories of the times that she and John W. Gardner crossed paths during his lifetime. She begins by describing her youth in Chicago, her college education at Smith, and her time in secretarial school. Kirst then recalls how she was hired to work as “secretary number two” for Gardner when he was at the Urban Coalition and describes following him to Common Cause. Years later, Kirst reconnected with Gardner when he moved back to Stanford and into a house near the Kirsts. She shares details of hosting Gardner’s 80th birthday party and memories of Gardner and his wife, Aida.
Wendy Kirst lives on the Stanford campus with her husband, Professor Emeritus Mike Kirst. Beginning in the late 1980s, the Kirst and Gardner families were campus neighbors and very well acquainted. Mrs. Kirst had also known John Gardner in Washington, DC, when, as a new college graduate, she worked for him at the Urban Coalition and Common Cause. Mr. Kirst had worked with Gardner in Washington, DC, during that period as well.
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Editor’s Note: The Appendix for “Conversations With and About Mike” contains transcripts for the recorded audio and video clips. To view the Audio Transcripts go to this page >