From Spy magazine – 1989


Young Vice President Never Die

They Just Make You Laugh


In a revealing profile in The New York Times last year we learned that Vice President Quayle was enraptured by American Caesar, William Manchester’s biography of General Douglas MacArthur. Why, we wondered, would the life story of the man who single-handedly wrought the Allies’ Southwest Pacific victory so interest the chuckleheaded scion of a Corn Belt news-chain fortune? Surely, as Quayle’s dreamboat eyes drifted across Manchester’s prose, he deciphered the screaming semaphore of destiny.




Delivered West Point commencement address in 1933

Delivered West Point commencement address in 1989

“Handsome as a prince he was” – a West Point classmate

“He was incredibly good-looking” – a Huntington High classmate

Was said to be “affianced to eight girls at the same time” at West Point

“Chased broads like his old man” at DePauw, says his father

Name of family doctor and spinal-defect corrector: Franz Pfister

Name of family friend and congressional campaign worker: Ann Pfister

Thought of himself as defender, with the pope, of Christian values in the world

Thought of himself as defender, with law student Frank Pope, of conservative values at Indiana University

Used influence of the National Guard to gain entrance into the Philippines

Used influence of Major General Philippi to gain entrance into the National Guard

“[He was a] soaring intellect. [He] often quoted Plato’s Republic” – Manchester

“[He is a] smart man. [He] tries to read Plato’s Republic every year” – Marilyn Quayle

Said, “In war there is no substitute for victory,” in 1951

Said, “There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense,” in 1988


-- Martin Kihn