Talk:Gwilliam Lyon MacDowell

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Some words of explanation. Given that IB had no Great Depression, the reforms which *here* became known as the New Deal would most likely have been introduced more piecemeal over a longer period of time. Since the FDR surrogate and his wife were already in place, but there was a hole between them and the Woodrow Wilson surrogate, I decided to fill it. In this case, I decided on someone who laid the groundwork of the social democratic system that currently exists in the US and I presume does (in some form) in the NAL. I based him very loosely on a Canadian PM, a US senator (and sometimes-presidential candidate) plus a few details of my own life plus a hefty dose of imagination. I also figured he would be a Whig because his predecessor was not, and it seems to make sense to me that the NAL would follow the USA in voters tending to insist on a change of adminstration once somebody gets them into a war (Wilson, Truman, Johnson, Bush 1.0). Zahir 09:42, 2 November 2005 (PST)

There hasn't been much feedback about Mr. MacDowell, and later this week will mark thirty days since I put forth the proposal. Soooooo...any comments? Zahir 08:07, 28 November 2005 (PST)
It's a fine article, and I can't see any obstacle for depropping it. --IJzeren Jan 09:14, 28 November 2005 (PST)
Sounds fine to me. BoArthur 12:18, 28 November 2005 (PST)
I have only one reservation about it, and that's the choice of name for his wife. The name Colleen wasn't coined *here* till the 1920's and even then it was for a Hollywood actress by the name of Colleen Moore. If Colleen was her nickname, I could see it working in that timeframe, but not otherwise. --Kgaughan 04:50, 1 December 2005 (PST)
A word of exlanation. "MacDowell" is my middle name, and "Colleen" was my fiancee's name. So let us assume Mrs. MacDowell changed her name as an adult to one she preferred. Lord knows lots of parents saddle their chidren with names they simply should not. Zahir 10:32, 1 December 2005 (PST)
'Tis cool. It just appeared a little anachronistic to me. --Kgaughan 06:51, 2 December 2005 (PST)
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