The Maryland Public Policy Institute
In this frank and unadorned memoir, Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel leads us through the story of his life, from his childhood in East Baltimore to his baseball days at the University of Maryland, to law school, the House of Delegates, and the governor's office. Mandel explains how a combination of conviction and serendipity landed him in some quite intriguing situations. Marylanders can now have a more intimate look at this fascinating life.
Each step of his personal life and political career, Mandel forged lasting relationships with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. This ability to connect with constituents as well as those in his closer circles served him well throughout his astonishing career. Mandel garnered many fans on both sides of the aisle as he forged policies with great commitment and persuasion.
Looking ahead, Mandel hopes that today's lawmakers can take a few lessons from his own governorship and reach past party lines to create sound policy, especially in attempting to balance the state budget. As Mandel's life saga unfolds in these pages, readers will discover unique aspects of Maryland politics and law-making and conclude with a fresh perspective on Maryland and U.S. history.
Praise for "I'll Never Forget It"
"While I was a City Councilman and the Mayor of Baltimore, as well as Governor of Maryland, it was an honor to work with Marvin Mandel, as he dedicated himself to the best well-being of the state of Maryland. In his capacity as a powerful member of the House of Delegates, including his six years as Speaker of the House, and ten years as Governor, he was always available to meet with me as well as with the people of Maryland to make decisions that would impact our lives in this state for many years to come. We both began our political lives in the early 1950s and we've stayed involved since then. Marvin has always been a great friend and I am so pleased that he has captured his fascinating life in these pages."
William Donald Schaefer
"It has been my pleasure to work with Governor Marvin Mandel for over 40 years and to have witnessed his untiring efforts and dedication to making the highest quality of education available for all of Maryland's young people. As State Superintendent of Schools, I know firsthand of the major role Governor Mandel played in education, first as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, then as Governor and leader of the Southern Governors Association and the National Governors Association. He made it his personal goal to ensure that Maryland's young people would become successful ambassadors of this State, prepared and capable of competing with their counterparts around the world. The stories and revelations within this book truly reflect the life and dedication of one of Maryland's most inspiring leaders. I am pleased to add my endorsement to this publication."
Nancy S. Grasmick
"Marvin Mandel was a transformational governor who bridged two decades of Maryland history by modernizing a sleepy, backwater state. Every person alive in Maryland today isthe beneficiary of the countless reforms Mandel instituted during a period of national upheaval. It was a head-spinning ride and record of accomplishment. Mandel's memoir will be a valuable resource for those in the future who want to understand the past."
Frank A. DeFilippo