Morris King Udall was an American Democratic politician who served as a U. S. Representative from Arizona from May 2, 1961 to May 4, 1991, was a leading contender for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, he was noted by many for his liberal views. In 1961, Udall won a special election to succeed his brother, Stewart Udall, as the congressman for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. In Congress, the younger Udall became a prominent and popular figure for his independent ways, his leading role in the conservation and environmental protection movements, his key role in reforming Congress and political campaigns, his pioneering role in opposing the Vietnam War. Udall sought the Democratic nomination in the 1976 presidential election, but was defeated by Jimmy Carter, he supported Ted Kennedy's strong challenge to Carter in the 1980 Democratic primaries, Udall delivered the keynote address at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. He served as Chairman of the House Interior Committee from 1977 to 1991.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1980, Udall resigned from Congress in 1991 as the effects of the disease worsened. He died in 1998, his son, Mark Udall, represented Colorado in the United States Senate from 2009 to 2015, his nephew Tom Udall is the senior United States Senator from New Mexico. Udall was born and schooled in St. Johns, Arizona—one of six children of Louisa and Levi Stewart Udall, a lawyer who served as Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court from 1946 to 1960, his mother was a writer keenly interested in Indian culture. His father preached the importance of responsible people entering public service, he lost his right eye to a friend's pocket knife at the age of six, while the two were attempting to cut some string, adequate treatment was delayed because of his family's lack of money at the time resulting in the loss of the eye. Udall wore a glass eye for the rest of his life; the loss would influence his personality and politics. He described his early rural/small-town life in the desert as harsh and primitive, in a town where "everybody worked."
Noting they had "no tractors," he added, "we had horses and plows." Udall attempted to enlist in the United States Army during World War II, succeeded, by covering his glass eye each time he was told to alternate during the eye exam. After he was medically cleared, another potential enlistee complained that he had been medically rejected for flat feet, while Udall had passed with one eye; the examiners retested Udall under closer scrutiny, he was rejected. Medical standards changed and Udall served in the Army, in a non-combat role in the U. S. until the end of the war. An official biography at the University of Arizona—his alma mater, where his personal papers are archived—says that "He entered the United States Army-Air Force as a private in 1942 and was discharged as a captain in 1946, having served in the Pacific Theater."The New York Times reports that he commanded an all-black squadron for two years, in Louisiana. Udall said, "That shaped my life," claiming that he had "fought their fights with them... over local discrimination."
The Times adds that he served in the South Pacific and achieved the rank of Captain in the Army Air Corps. While in high school, despite the lost eye, Udall was a star athlete in basketball, in football as quarterback leading an undefeated team, he marched in the school band, wrote a political column for the school paper, took the lead in the school play. Udall attended the University of Arizona, where he was a star basketball player, President of the Associated Student Government, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. For one year following graduation, Udall played professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets during the 1948–49 National Basketball League season. However, neither Udall nor his team performed notably. At the same time, he attended the University of Denver school of law, returned to the University of Arizona for law school, where he graduated in 1949 with a Juris Doctor law degree. Udall was a Lincolnesque figure with a self-deprecating wit and easy manner; because of his wit, columnist James J. Kilpatrick deemed him "too funny to be president", which ended up being the title of his autobiography in the 1980s.
He once said that his physical stature and one eye kept him from having a date in high school, led to his use of self-deprecating humor to survive. Known for his humor, his irreverent and casual style, his ethics, Udall was summarized by leading political journalist James M. Perry as "funny, down-to-earth, sassy, patient."Raised Mormon, his spiritual views began to change. He ceased being active in church by the time. While in college, as he read philosophy and history, he discarded his Mormon faith. In particular, he rejected the Mormon teachings of the time that black people were "cursed.". In 1949 Udall, with his brother, started the law firm of Udall & Udall in Tucson, practicing law in Tucson until 1961. Udall was elected as the Pima County chief deputy attorney and county attorney. In 1954, though, he failed in a bid to be nominated for a Superior Court judgeship, he taught labor law at the University of Arizona law school, in 1961, became vice-president of the Arizona Bar Association. Udall co-founded the Bank of Tucson, the Catalina Savings and Loan Association, in 1960 became president of Tucson's YMCA.
Throughout his early life, Udall dreamed of public office, but—under pressure from his
Eliza Stewart Udall
Eliza Luella Stewart Udall known as Ella Stewart Udall, was the first telegraph operator in the Arizona Territory. A daughter of Mormon pioneer Levi Stewart, she was born in Utah. In 1870, at the request of Brigham Young, she studied Morse code and moved to Pipe Spring, Arizona, to work for the Deseret Telegraph Company, thus she became the first telegraph operator in Arizona. Working in Kanab, she telegraphed to Washington, D. C. the news of John Wesely Powell's Second Expedition of the Colorado River. In 1875, she married David King Udall, they moved to Arizona in 1880, where David was a LDS Bishop. Their marriage produced 8 children. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she consented to her husband's participation in plural marriage, though David's second wife lived in another town, she died in 1937 in Saint Johns. Her son, Levi Stewart Udall, was Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, her grandson Stewart Udall, was a U. S. Congressman from Arizona, United States Secretary of the Interior.
Her grandson, Mo Udall, was a U. S. Congressman for 30 years, a candidate for President of the United States in 1976, her great-grandson, Mark Udall, Mo's son, was a U. S. Congressman from Colorado from 1999 to 2009. In 2008, he was elected to the U. S. Senate. Another great-grandson, Tom Udall, Stewart's son, was a U. S. Congressman from New Mexico from 1999 until 2009. In 2008, he was elected to the U. S. Senate. In 1969, the actress Lane Bradbury played a young Eliza "Ella" Stewart at Pipe Spring in the syndicated television series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor not long before Taylor's own death. In the episode "A Key for the Fort", Miss Stewart sends the first telegraph message from Arizona and works with her Aunt Cora to nurse an ill Ute chief, Black Wing, back to health; the episode stars Gregg Palmer as Jacob. It was filmed at Pipe Spring National Monument
David King Udall
David King Udall, Sr. was a representative to the Arizona Territorial Legislature and the founder of the Udall political family. His great-grandson Tom represents the state of New Mexico in the United States Senate. David King Udall was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1851, his parents, David Udall and Eliza King, had immigrated to the United States from England earlier in the year. In 1852 they followed the Mormon Trail to Utah, they settled in Nephi. Udall spent his childhood farming; as a teenager, he spent a short period as a laborer building the Union Pacific Railroad which became part of the First Transcontinental Railroad. In 1875, Udall married Eliza Stewart. Shortly thereafter he was called by the LDS Church on a mission to England, where he remained until 1877. In 1880, while again living in Nephi, Udall was called to be the Mormon bishop in St. Johns, Arizona. At the time, St. Johns was a small and Hispanic Catholic community. After moving his family there, Udall purchased lands and directed improvements geared toward creating a larger Mormon settlement of the area.
The outraged local residents were happy with the prior state of things, Udall became a hated figure to many. In 1882, Udall took a second wife, Ida Hunt, a granddaughter of Jefferson Hunt and through her mother Lois Barnes Pratt, of Addison Pratt; that same year the U. S. Congress passed the Edmunds Act to aid in the prosecution of polygamists. Udall was indicted on charges of unlawful cohabitation in 1884, he was never convicted, because his second wife lived in another town, prosecutors could not locate Ida to compel her testimony against him. Prosecutors remained determined to make an example of Udall, in 1885, he was indicted and convicted on perjury charges, related to a sworn statement he made about the land claim of a fellow Mormon, he spent three months in a Federal Prison in Detroit, before receiving a full and unconditional pardon by President Grover Cleveland on December 12, 1885. The perjury conviction stemmed from an affidavit. Udall's bail was posted by Baron Goldwater. Udall was appointed to be a Stake president, a higher position in the Mormon hierarchy, in 1887.
He held that position for the next 35 years. Throughout that time he ran a number of business ventures of varying success. In 1899, he served a single term as a Republican representative to the Arizona Territorial Legislature. In 1903, he married the former Mary Ann Linton, widow of John Hamilton Morgan, a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature; this marriage ran contrary to the LDS Church's decision to ban polygamy in 1890. Years Matthias F. Cowley, the official who performed the ceremony, was stripped of his priesthood by the LDS Church; when the marriage came to light, Udall was never sanctioned, but he was forced to cease marital relations with Mary. He did, continue to support her and her children financially until the children reached adulthood. In 1906, a Prescott Federal Grand Jury indicted Udall and several others on charges of polygamy, a violation of the Edmunds Act. After Marshal Ben Daniels served Udall and the others, they went to Prescott and paid their fines of $100, went back home.
From 1927 to 1934 he served as the president of the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple. He wrote an autobiography, Arizona Pioneer Mormon, in collaboration with his daughter, by Ida, Pearl Udall Nelson, his wives and Eliza, preceded him in death in 1915 and 1937, respectively. He died in 1938 in Arizona. William J. Flake Miles Park Romney Ellsworth, Mormon Odyssey: The Story of Ida Hunt Udall, Plural Wife, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0252018753 Miller, Mark Edwin, "St. Johns' Saints: Inter-ethnic Conflict in Northeastern Arizona, 1880-1885", Journal of Mormon History, 23: 66–99 Udall, David King. Udall, Morris King, Too Funny To Be President, New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0805005935 "David King Udall", The West, PBS, 1996 Herman, Daniel J. "Arizona's Secret History: When Powerful Mormons Went Separate Ways", Common-place, American Antiquarian Society, 12 David King Udall collection at the University of Arizona David King Udall collection at Utah State University
As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James L. Brooks; the movie stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic and obsessive-compulsive novelist, Helen Hunt as a single mother with a chronically ill son, Greg Kinnear as a gay artist. The screenplay was written by Mark Brooks; the paintings were created for the film by New York artist Billy Sullivan. Nicholson and Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress making As Good As It Gets the most recent film to win both of the lead acting awards, the first since 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, it is ranked 140th on Empire magazine's "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time" list. Melvin Udall is a misanthrope, he has obsessive–compulsive disorder which, paired with his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks while walking through the city due to a superstition of bad luck, eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological fear of germs.
He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior. One day, Melvin's apartment neighbor, a gay artist named Simon Bishop, is assaulted and nearly killed during a robbery. Melvin is intimidated by Simon's agent, Frank Sachs, into caring for Simon's dog, while Simon is hospitalized. Although he does not enjoy caring for the dog, Melvin becomes attached to it, he receives more attention from Carol. When Simon is released from the hospital, Melvin is unable to cope with returning the dog. Melvin's life is further altered when Carol decides to work closer to her home in Brooklyn so she can care for her acutely asthmatic son Spencer. Unable to adjust to another waitress, Melvin arranges through his publisher, whose husband is a doctor, to pay for her son's considerable medical expenses as long as Carol agrees to return to work, she is overwhelmed at his generosity. Meanwhile, Simon's assault and rehabilitation, coupled with Verdell's preference for Melvin, causes Simon to lose his creative muse.
Simon is approaching bankruptcy due to his medical bills. Frank persuades him to go to Baltimore to ask his estranged parents for money; because Frank is too busy to take the injured Simon to Baltimore himself, Melvin reluctantly agrees to do so. Melvin invites Carol to accompany them on the trip to lessen the awkwardness, she reluctantly accepts the invitation, relationships among the three develop. Once in Baltimore, Carol persuades Melvin to take her out to have dinner. Melvin's comments during the dinner flatter—and subsequently upset—Carol, she abruptly leaves. Upon seeing Carol, frustrated, Simon begins to sketch her, semi-nude, in his hotel room, which rekindles his creativity, he once more feels a desire to paint, he reconnects with his parents, but is able to tell them that he'll be fine. After returning to New York, Carol tells Melvin, she regrets her statement and calls to apologize. The relationship between Melvin and Carol remains complicated until Simon persuades Melvin to declare his love for her.
Melvin goes to see Carol, hesitant, but agrees to try and establish a relationship with him. The film ends with Carol walking together; as he opens the door at an early morning pastry shop for Carol, he realizes that he has stepped on a crack in the pavement, but doesn't seem to mind. In 1996, James L. Brooks flew Geoffrey Rush from Sydney to Los Angeles to audition for the part of Simon Bishop, offered him the role, but Rush declined it; the soundtrack features instrumental pieces composed by songs by various artists. Zimmer's work was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score -- Comedy; as Good as It Gets was a box office hit, opening at number three at the box office with $12.6 million, earning over $148 million domestically and $314 million worldwide. It is Jack Nicholson's second highest earning film, behind Batman. Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that what director James Brooks "Manages to do with as they struggle mightily to connect with one another is funny, painful and truthful—a triumph for everyone involved."Praise for the film was not uniform among critics.
While Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, he called the film a "compromise, a film that forces a smile onto material that doesn't wear one easily," writing that the film drew "back to story formulas," but had good dialogue and performances. The Washington Post critic Desson Howe gave a negative review of the film, writing that it "gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive."Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 85% of professional critics gave the film a positive review based on 78 reviews. Metacritic gave the film a score of 67 out of 100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating favorable reviews; the film was nominated for and received many film awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and a Golden Globe award for Best Picture-Music or Comedy. As Good as It Gets on IMDb As Good as It Gets at the TCM Movie Database As Good as It Gets at AllMovie As Good as It Gets at the American Film Institute Catalog As Good as It Gets at Box Office Mojo As Good as It Gets at Rotten Tomatoes As Good as It Gets
Thomas Stewart Udall is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from New Mexico, a seat he was first elected to in 2008. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the U. S. Representative for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district from 1999 to 2009 and was the Attorney General of New Mexico from 1991 to 1999. A member of the Udall family, he is the son of Stewart Udall, the nephew of Mo Udall, the cousin of Mark Udall, he is the dean of New Mexico's congressional delegation. On March 25, 2019, Udall announced that he would not seek a third term in the 2020 election, making him the first Democratic senator to announce his retirement in that election cycle. Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Ermalee Lenora and Stewart Udall, the Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. Two of his maternal great-grandparents were Swiss. In 1982, Udall ran for Congress in the newly created 3rd district, based in the state capital, Santa Fe, including most of the north of the state.
He lost the Democratic primary to Bill Richardson. In 1988, he ran for Congress again, this time in an election for the Albuquerque-based 1st district seat left open by retiring twenty-year incumbent Manuel Lujan, but narrowly lost to Bernalillo County District Attorney Steven Schiff. From 1990 to 1999 he served as Attorney General of New Mexico. Udall ran for Congress again in 1998 in the 3rd district against incumbent Bill Redmond, elected in a 1997 special election to replace Richardson. Redmond was a conservative Republican representing a Democratic district, the 3rd's partisan tilt helped Udall defeat Redmond with 53 percent of the vote, he was reelected four more times with no substantive opposition, including an unopposed run in 2002. As a U. S. Representative, Tom Udall was a member of both the centrist New Democrat Coalition and the more liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus, he was a member of the United States House Peak oil Caucus, which he co-founded with Representative Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland.
Udall sat on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations in the Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, the Subcommittee on Labor and Human Services and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch. He was the Co-Vice Chair of the House Native American Caucus and Co-Chair of the International Conservation Caucus. In November 2007, Udall announced he would run for the Senate seat held by retiring six-term incumbent Republican Pete Domenici. Potential Democratic rival Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez dropped out, handing Udall the nomination. New Mexico's other two members of the House, 1st and 2nd district's Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, ran in the Republican primary. Pearce won the Republican nomination, lost to Udall, who won 61 percent of the vote. While Udall ran for Senate in New Mexico, his younger first cousin, Congressman Mark Udall, ran for the Senate in Colorado, their double second cousin, incumbent Gordon Smith of Oregon ran for reelection.
Both Udalls won and Smith lost. He voted in favor of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, DREAM Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Udall was one of the first members of Congress to publicly express concern about the possibility of NSA overreach, a year before Edward Snowden's 2013 disclosure of the PRISM program. On March 25, 2019, Udall announced that he would not run for reelection in 2020. On March 19, 2013, Udall introduced into the Senate the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act, a bill that would transfer some land to the Sandia Pueblo tribe. During the 113th Congress, Udall introduced a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would allow limits on outside spending in support of political candidates; the Amendment won the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 10-8 vote in July 2014.
In March 2015 Udall sponsored Senate bill 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill to amend and reauthorize the Toxic Substances Control Act; the legislation, as amended, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2016. It updates the nation's safety system for thousands of chemicals in products like cleaners, paints and furniture; the bill faced criticism over the balance between federal and state authority to regulate chemicals, but after changes to the legislation it earned broader support, including from liberal members of the Senate and the President. It passed by a vote of 403-12 in the voice vote in the Senate. In March 2019, he and Rand Paul co-sponsored the bipartisan AFGHAN Service Act to compensate members of the armed forces and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists at the end of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Drug Administration, Related Agencies Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Related Agencies Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, Peace Corps Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs Committee on Commerce and Transportation Committee on Indian Affairs Committee on Rules and Admi
John Nicholas Udall
John Nicholas Udall called Nick Udall was mayor of Phoenix, Arizona from 1948–52. He was a member of the Udall political family and was a nephew of Spencer W. Kimball, the 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Udall was raised in Arizona, his parents John Hunt Udall and Ruth Kimball were in the same English literature class at the St. Joseph Stake Academy, when learning about playwright Nicholas Udall, they joked that if they got married, that they would name their son Nick, which they did. Udall attended Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona before enrolling in The George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1943. After graduation, he returned home to Arizona, he followed in his father's footsteps, served as mayor of Phoenix from 1948 to 1952. He served with then-City Councilman Barry Goldwater. From 1952 to 1956 he served as judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court. Nick left the bench to return to private legal practice at Jennings, Salmon & Trask in Phoenix, where he practiced law until retiring in 1992.
A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nick served in various church positions, including service as a full-time missionary in the Eastern Central States mission from 1934 to 1936, as Bishop of the Phoenix Third Ward from 1970 to 1975, as Patriarch of the Phoenix Arizona Stake from 1975 to 1991. Nick and his wife, Sybil Elizabeth Webb, are the parents of seven children, they are buried alongside each other in Greenwood/Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. Following Sybil's death in 1998, Nick married Joan Romney in 2001, his autobiography, "The Wonder of It All," was published by FCP Publishing in 2006. Udall family Nick Udall's obituary Biography at the Political Graveyard
Brady Udall is an American writer. In 2010, he was appointed Writer-in-Residence of Idaho, a position he held until 2013. Udall grew up in a large Mormon family in Arizona, he graduated from Brigham Young University and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He was a faculty member of Franklin & Marshall College starting in 1998 Southern Illinois University, now teaches writing at Boise State University. A collection of his short stories titled Letting Loose the Hounds was published in 1998, his debut novel The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint was first published in 2001; the characterization and structure of the latter has been favorably compared to the work of John Irving. Thematically it has been compared to Charles Dickens. Michael Stipe has optioned a film adaptation of Miracle, with United Artists hiring Michael Cuesta to direct. In July 2007, Udall appeared on an episode of This American Life. Udall is a member of the Udall family, a U. S. political family rooted in the American West.
Its role in politics spans over 100 years and four generations and includes his great-uncles former U. S. congressman and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall and former congressman and presidential candidate Morris Udall. Letting Loose the Hounds The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint The Lonely Polygamist http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Author.aspx?id=4902