Gov. Chandler was nicknamed Happy for his sunny disposition. He was a champion of desegregation. Before becoming the Senator and Governor of Kentucky, he was the head of the National Baseball League and made people angry in that position with executive actions like suspending players who were “detrimental” to the sport due their racist ideologies.
When he died at age 92, his obituary made it to the New York Times (I found two typos!). The local newspaper used a photo of him planting a kiss on me as a baby but it looks more like he is whispering something to me and I am listening intently.
He was quoted saying:
This Kentucky gal may have found home.
A great song about home. http://youtu.be/DHEOF_rcND8
The story behind why Happy Chandler is so dear to me. https://lagringamakondiana.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/happy-loving-day/#