Making Waves: : Sally Alexander

An inmate author does his best to save children from a life of crime.

An actress struggles to regain her life and livelihood after losing both legs in a crash.

The wife of a socially prominent attorney leaves her husband and children to marry a convicted murderer.

A wife-attorney defends her White House advisor-husband after he is photographed in the arms of another woman.

You met these remarkable people on the pages of Life & Style in 1996. Our writers and photographers took you into their worlds for a moment, to ponder their dilemmas and learn about what makes them tick.

And then, because the news is the news, they vanished from our view.

But their stories did not end once you had read about them. Here, we catch up with several of 1996's most memorable people.


Sally Alexander of Huntington Beach threw her hat in the political ring in 1996 and became an international news figure.

The bodysurfing great-grandmother and longtime Democratic activist filed to oppose four-term Republican Dana Rohrabacher in one of the most Republican congressional districts in the nation. Her age--82--attracted news media from across the country and as far as Europe and Asia.

To no one's surprise, she lost, drawing only a third of the votes, but she says the publicity she attracted probably helped other Democrats.

She and her daughter, Sandy Hester of Claremont, went on to become what are believed to be the first mother-and-daughter electors in electoral college history. Both cast their ballots for President Bill Clinton.

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