• 14 Nov

    Memories of Mamie

    Today is Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower’s birthday, born on November 14, 1896 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 and…

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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 has celebrated Memorial Day by having 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…

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  • 17 Mar

    Pat Nixon & St. Patrick’s Day

    Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon was born in 1912 on the eve of St Patrick’s Day which pleased her Irish father Thus, she was fondly nicknamed “Pat”

    I had the honor of meeting First Lady Pat Nixon when I…

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  • 4 Mar

    The Smithies and the Harvard Man

    On this day in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States It was the first of four inaugurations for him – unprecedented by a president Never before and never after…

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  • 18 Feb

    Happy President’s Day!

    I remember when we used to celebrate Washington’s birthday on his birth date Then, the holiday was moved to the third Monday of February and renamed “Presidents Day” (or President’s Day or Presidents’ Day depending on the…

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  • 13 Feb

    Happy Birthday, Bess

    On this day in 1885, Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, better known as Bess, was born in Independence, Missouri She became Mrs Harry S Truman, wife of the 33rd President of the United States

    It has been said that if…

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