Like most boys from Missouri, Harry Truman developed simple tastes in food as he was growing up—especially things like his mother’s fried chicken and that great American budget-friendly staple, meatloaf. According to the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, the 33rd President also liked corn bread with Missouri sorghum, all kinds of fowl, and Ozark pudding, which included [...]
Posted by Jim on June 15, 2011, under - Presidents, What's Cooking Wednesdays.
Tags: Bess Truman, bundt cake, diary, fried chicken, Great White Jail, Harry Truman, meatloaf, Missouri sorghum, Ozark pudding, Truman Lib
Harry S. Truman was never really fond of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, especially after their frosty 1950 Wake Island meeting in the Pacific while the Korean War raged. Things had not gone particularly well since the North Koreans invaded South Korea in late June 1950. By October, South Korean troops had pushed across the 38th parallel, [...]
It had not yet been 24 hours since President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt—wounds far more serious than the public was told at the time. But on the morning of March 31, 1981, the three men he relied on most in these early days of his administration came to see him in [...]
Posted by Jim on March 31, 2011, under - Presidents, Uncategorized.
Tags: assassination, Edwin Meese, George Washington University Hospital, James Baker, March 1981, Michael Deaver, Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., Tip O'Neill
When Ronald Reagan survived the attempt on his life on March 30, 1981, and went on to serve two full four-year terms, he broke what some people call “the year-ending-in-zero” curse. It goes like this: Every President elected in a year ending in zero since 1840 had died in office. William Henry Harrison, elected in [...]
Posted by Jim on March 30, 2011, under - Presidents, Myth or History.
Tags: abraham lincoln, andrew johnson, assassination, Calvin Coolidge, Chester A. Arthur, death, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, Harry S. Truman, James A. Garfield, John F. Kennedy, John Tyler, John Wilkes Booth, Lyndon B. Johnson, millard fillmore, Presidents, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, William Henry Harrison, William McKinley, year-ending-in-zero curse, Zachary Taylor
Brad Meltzer’s new mystery novel—The Inner Circle, the no. 1 bestseller on the most recent New York Times list—is all about the National Archives. “I came to visit and I fell in love. Truly,” Meltzer says in an interview about the book in the forthcoming issue of Prologue, the quarterly magazine of the National Archives. [...]