August 5, 2004

Remembering Gov. Bob Smylie

Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests remember the life and accomplishments of the late Governor Smylie. From 1955 to 1967, Robert Smylie overhauled Idaho's state government. Historians say Smylie brought the state "kicking and screaming into the 20th century."

Smylie, who passed away in 2004, created the state's Commerce and Parks departments, increased the minimum wage, set a five-day work week for state employees, oversaw a massive highway construction program, and was named as a potential candidate for Vice President.