• 11 Nov

    Happy Veteran’s Day

    My nephew was unaware that Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day—in reference to the day fighting stopped in World War I,  “The Great War” This ceasefire occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the…

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  • 4 Nov

    Midterm Elections – Then and Now 

    When I discuss my father’s story, I try to add relatable material for the audience Often I procure a historical photograph featuring one of the five presidents in the town in which I am speaking Since my father…

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  • 22 Oct

    The Cuban Missile Crisis: An Agent’s Perspective

    I was just fifteen-months-old at the time, but my older siblings vividly remember President Kennedy’s televised announcement on the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 22, 1962 As did many Americans, my mother rushed out to purchase supplies…

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  • 10 Oct

    Win Lawson: Of Eisenhower and Crows

    The following is written by my friend Merlin Lawson, brother of former USSS Agent Win Lawson He reflects on one of Win’s favorite “agent anecdotes” 


    My brother, Winston “Win” George Lawson, a native of western New York and…

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  • 8 Oct

    Libraries et al.

    One of my friends jokingly accused me of dropping off of the radar Indeed, I have had a weak online presence recently


    Beyond the activities I have previously posted – participation in book clubs and other organizations -…

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  • 18 Sep

    Tom Johnson: Of Mentors and Macon

    Macon, Georgia, native Tom Johnson (no relation to LBJ) shares some of his life experiences with me He does so in memory of my father, who was also born in Macon They met when Tom first came…

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  • 27 Aug

    Happy Birthday, LBJ

    LBJ sent my mother this birthday card when he was the vice president, inscribed with his bold, recognizable signature He also sent a congratulatory letter to her after my birth in which he wrote, “Thank heaven for…

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