Oregon's First Lady On Her Teenage Years: "It Got Grim"
My interview with Oregon's First Lady, Cylvia Hayes, gave me far more material than I could put into the radio version of the story. So here's a few more minutes with Hayes, recorded in the governor's ceremonial office at the capitol. In this clip, Hayes describes the rustic, bat-infested shack in rural Washington where she lived as a child: Cylvia Hayes-early years by Chris LehmanOn another point: As I noted in the story, Cylvia Hayes is currently the only non-married person afforded "First Spouse" status by a governor's office. In the National Governors Association "Spouse Roster" there are four states with no First Spouse. The governors of Illinois, Minnesota and New York are divorced and unmarried. (New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in a long-term relationship, but his girlfriend is not identified as the state's First Lady.) The governor of the fourth state, Vermont, is separated from his wife and as such, the state has no one in the First Lady role. But of the 46 states with "First Spouses," Oregon is the only one with an unmarried First Couple. You can read all about First Spouses (including the six men known as First Gentlemen) at this website.
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June 19, 2012
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