Thursday, November 8, 2007
Personal Asides: Good QuestionHow Long did Jackie Keep on Living in the White House?...Also Another Trivial Song Test (Turn Off Your Search Engines).
Mike Miner of The Reader, brings up a good point that you will see in Readers Comments to Flashback two days ago viz how long did Jackie Kennedy stay in the White House after the assassination of JFK? Thats not really my priority interest since I am writing about LBJ and Hubert but its still very interesting and I dont have the time to research it. I have faith that blogger readers know all the answersand this would be visible proof. Of course LBJ worked in the Oval Office but didnt move into the living quarters for quite some time. Someone in the reading public out there may either know it or have bumped in to the fact.
In answer to some of your questions on this phase of Flashback (Hubert and Gene) heres how I write it. They are drawn from
o My own memories and conversations over the years with those who were thereinterviews with Hubert and Gene, with staffers who were part of their entourage.
o Which memories and yarns I check with books on Hubert and LBJ but most notably Almost to the Presidency by my old friend Albert Eisele (a former St. Johns grad who became press secretary to Walter Mondale and later editor of The Hill newspaper which covers the Capitol.
Im going to follow my old friend Frank Nofsingers advice and take a bit of a break from history stuff for a few days and do some inconsequential blogging. As per this. For the old people like me, here is a song that was first recorded by Burl Ives in 1951 but made very popular by Les Paul and Mary Ford (Les Paul is still alive today at age 92 and playing guitar in a Manhattan saloon). See if you can fill in these lyrics from memory. Plus the title. First one in with the answer gets his/her name recorded in bold type.
When the sun in the morning/
Peeps over the hill/
And kisses the roses/
Round my ____________
Then my heart fills with gladness/
When I hear the trill/
Of the birds in the treetops/
Tra la la, ______________/
It gives me a thrill/
To wake up in the morning.
To the ______________ /
Tra la la_______________
Theres peace and good _____/
Youre welcome as the _____/