Did not see that coming.
advantages to being subtle after all!
As I understand it the OTL 1968 Presidential Election was pretty close, in terms of share of the vote.
About 500,000 votes. Only 300,000 in those states needed to swing the election from Nixon to Humphrey. I'm counting on those margins.
Almost anything could have tipped the balance the way of the Happy Warrior.
Try to approach it from the opposite direction. Something tipped the balance the way of Tricky Dick IOTL that didn't ITTL.
Or maybe, instead of protesting outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago (and being publicly brutalised for their temerity), all those young people were glued to the Box, watching Star Trek (followed by Laugh In).
A lot of people were
watching those shows. People who are attractive to advertisers, less set in their ways, more easily swayed...
The butterfly has to relate back to the POD, Lucy not selling Desilu to Gulf+Western.
You're right, it most certainly does!
Lucy uses her newfound mojo as a studio head in an activist role, maybe? No, too Hollywood a solution even for a Hollywood TL.
Indeed. Also, Lucy was pretty apolitical - remember, registering as a Communist for her grandfather in the 1930s caused a huge stir with the HUAC, and from then on, she stayed entirely out of politics. That will not change ITTL - she's got a business to run.
Maybe Gulf+Western sinks too much cash into Paramount TV since they have to build from scratch, so they can't put as much into Nixon's war chest & that tips the balance? I think I'm going to go with that one as my answer.
I really, really
like this answer - it gives me more ammunition against critics of this butterfly, it's logical and flows naturally from the POD, and we all know how money talks.
But I can't award you the No-Prize, because it's not what I intended. My reason has more to do with hearts and minds. Also, it is
a single event, or rather the lack thereof. But you're dead-on in that it's a direct result of something Lucy did.
We Hope You Enjoy the Show
Hill was no fool
Back in the U.S.S.R.
she got by with a little help from her friends
Very good, but I'm afraid you missed one. But nice of you to mention post #20, because that post
is precisely where the events leading to Humphrey's victory are set into motion.
I really don't want to give the answer away just yet; more hints and a little more time might just do the trick. And hopefully, Chuck Y will go back and find the last song, and I can award two
To summarize: A single event
happen IOTL that did not
ITTL resulted in Hubert H. Humphrey winning the presidency.
What caused this event to not happen ITTL? The original POD, Lucille Ball not selling Desilu to Gulf+Western, which in turn resulted in something
happening in post #20; as part of the aftermath of the something
in post #20, the forces that set this OTL event into motion did not
, or more accurately could
not, do so ITTL.
This eventually resulted in Humphrey, instead of Nixon, winning the popular vote, as well as the electoral vote, and the election. (Along with other, less tangible factors, such as the lack of funding from Gulf+Western, as Mal pointed out.) Remember, the OTL event tipped the balance toward
Nixon, and not against
I admit the event in question might be hard to decipher if you don't know about it, since by its very nature I totally omitted it from my posts. It's also comparatively obscure and oft-dismissed; the Wikipedia article on the election doesn't mention it at all, even in passing. But the individual responsible for the OTL event certainly seems to think It's Wot Won It, and so did both candidates, it seems.
One last hint: remember, this timeline has been primarily about television, right? Well, then, wouldn't it be a safe bet to assume that this event had something to do with that?
I'll have the answer for you tonight. If you really want to know what it is, I feel for you, because I really want people to figure it out!