"Wild Thing" was their best-known song, but I think the best song they did was "Love is All Around":
Strom Thurmond's secret daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, 87, has died.
I have her memoir, Dear Senator. I recommend it.
She was a secret to the public, but Strom never ignored her. He supported her throughout the years.
At the Columbia press conference, Washington-Williams said her mother Carrie Butler was a maid working for the Thurmond family. She said she met her father for the first time at 16.
Washington-Williams was raised by her aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania.
After high school, Washington-Williams enrolled in the then-S.C. State College in Orangeburg on Thurmond’s recommendation. Thurmond, the governor of South Carolina, kept in touch with her, visiting her on occasion, and providing financial support, she said in 2003.
Washington-Williams said she waited to tell her story publicly until after Thurmond’s death because: “Throughout his life and mine, we respected each other. I never wanted to do anything to harm him or cause detriment to his life or the lives of those around him. My father did a lot of things to help other people, even thought his public stance appeared opposite.”
Washington-Williams previously had explained her relation to Thurmond to her children, to help them understand their past, she said.
Thurmond's family acknowledged her claim.