Mudcat Café message #2651462 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102273   Message #2651462
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
08-Jun-09 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a Dime
Could it have referred to Al Smith, who was elected Governor of New York four times, and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928? He was the first Roman Catholic and Irish-American to run for President as a major party nominee. He lost the election to Herbert Hoover. He then became president of the Empire State, Inc. and was instrumental in getting the Empire State Building built at the onset of the Great Depression. Could that be the "tower" in the song?