Perhaps one night you were motoring along Route 1 in southern Maryland (round-abouts Laurel), when you saw something reminiscent of this reddish-orange neon glow.
As you probably know or have guessed, there's a letter missing from this version of the sign.
And as it would happen, George Wallace was shot in the shopping center where this sign stands while making a speech during the 1972 U.S. Presidential election primaries.
According to several sources (the "Shouts & Murmurs" section of
the 15 April 2002 New
Yorker, and this
article at the Washington Post) and recently
released tapes from then-U.S President Nixon's administration,
immediately after Wallace was shot, Nixon encouraged
his staff "to circulate a story that the would-be assassin 'was a
supporter of McGovern and Kennedy.'"
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