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- September 18, 1978
- Vol. 10
- No. 12
Governor Jim Thompson's Baby Comes Home to a New Old-Fashioned Nursery
It also suits Samantha's old-fashioned dad. Although his wife, Jayne, 32, is a former criminal prosecutor and an ardent ERA advocate, the governor, 42, has his own ideas about raising a daughter. "This one is going to wear dresses," he tells Samantha, "because Daddy is not buying you anything but dresses." Nor does he foresee a political future for her: "Only one person in this family every 100 years should be called upon to do that."
Actually, the Thompsons had been expecting a "Little Jim." Both had finished Lamaze childbirth training, but after 15 hours of labor Samantha was delivered by cesarean. Since then, while hand-knitted booties and sweaters pour in from constituents across the state, the governor starts each day by changing Samantha's diapers. "After all," he concedes, "Jayne has been up all night nursing. And I'm not good at nursing."
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