• 30 May

    My Memorial Day Thoughts

    This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Mighty Eighth Air Force It was activated on January 28, 1942, shortly after my father’s 18th birthday, one month after he had enlisted in the US Army Air Corps…

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  • 13 May

    “WHH Quarterly” Features History of US Secret Service

    This quarter’s issue of the White House History Quarterly focuses on the history of the USSS To order a copy shopwhitehousehistoryorg

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  • 3 Mar

    The Stock Market and the Swearing-in of LBJ

    The recent fear-induced stock market plunge brought to mind a passage in my father’s memoir referencing events which arose after the assassination of President Kennedy My father wrote, “…a panic in the New York Stock Exchange forced…

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  • 18 Jan

    Connections Down Under

    The news of the catastrophic fires in Australia has deeply sadden me Ever since my father’s return from a visit there in 1966, I have admired this vast country with its unique ecosystem on the other side…

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  • 14 Nov

    Memories of Mamie

    Born on November 14, 1896, today is Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower’s birthday I remember her fondly 


    “Take good care of Mamie, Mr Youngblood,” the General once told my father

    Dad always heeded this directive from his former president…

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  • 3 Jul

    Nixon’s Gettysburg

    Upon the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – fought during these three days of July in 1863 – I recall the story of former President Nixon’s great-grandfather who was among the soldiers who fought and died…

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  • 30 May

    LBJ’s Memorial Day Speech

    Over the years, Gettysburg Memorial Day celebrations have featured many distinguished speakers including Rutherford Hayes, Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover (whose remarks were broadcast by both CBS and NBC radio networks) and Franklin Roosevelt For Memorial…

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