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“I am a little country boy eight years old.”

Today’s guest post is from Sherri DeCoursey, who used the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library to find a special piece of history for her father.

Forest Delano Roosevelt Ferguson holds his prized possession: a photo of FDR and a letter from the President's secretary.

For as long as I can remember, a photo of FDR and a letter have hung side-by-side in the den of Mom and Dad’s home.  The yellowed letter, written by FDR’s secretary Missy LeHand, was in response to a letter my father wrote the President in 1941. My dad—Forest Delano Roosevelt Ferguson—was eight years old in 1941. Dad will be 80 in June of this year.

Letter from Missy LeHand, FDR's secretary, replying to the letter sent by 8-year-old FDR Ferguson

As familiar as that letter and the President’s photograph were to me, what I had never even pondered until last year was what my father wrote in his letter to FDR.

While visiting my parents in the fall of 2012, I looked at the framed letter and photograph and asked Dad what he included in his letter to the President. He couldn’t recall the details. Who could after 72 years? I continued to ponder what my father as a boy might have written.

What would an eight-year-old Forest Delano Roosevelt Ferguson write to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt? Perhaps about school? … [ Read all ]

Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

YMCA!

YMCA!

Well, it’s not synchronized swimming on land, it’s legitimate life saver training in Idaho, circa 1936. You can view the ARC entry for this photo (a record of the FDR Presidential Library) by clicking on the picture at left. Andrea still has a great point: they do look a bit like the Village People. That caption won her 30% off at the eStore and our judge’s gratitude for a job well done.

As the summer heat hits overdrive across the country, we thought we’d keep with our aquatic theme to help everyone keep their cool. As such, we’ve found a peculiar oldie but goodie, one that needs your keen caption prowess. Show us what you’ve got!

Insert your caption!

Insert your caption!

For starters:  “Every spring the women of rural Vermont swim thousands of miles upstream to reproduce.”… [ Read all ]