• 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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  • 25 Jan

    Rest at the LBJ Ranch

    “Rufus, I feel like sleeping with my head on my own pillow tonight Tell ’em up front that we’re going to the ranch” (LBJ to Agent Youngblood)

    It was not uncommon for President Lyndon B Johnson to change his…

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  • 13 Jan

    Wayne Youngblood

    On this day in 1924, Rufus W Youngblood, Jr, was born His biography is detailed on this website (“About the Author”) and is available from many other sources (Life magazine, the NYT, Washington Post, AJC, Macon Telegraph,…

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  • 9 Jan

    Nixon and My Father’s Full Circle

    Today is former President Richard Milhous Nixon’s birthday He was born on January 9, 1913 Thinking about Nixon brought to mind a comment a friend made to me He said that until reading my father’s book, he had forgotten…

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