Sunday, May 31, 2009

Any little boy's grandfather can be president of the United States


Harry S. Truman
Originally uploaded by alfromelkhorn
I have been reading the Spring 2009 issue of Prologue, the magazine of the National Archives. The issue is dedicated to Harry S Truman on his 125 birthday. One article is written by Clifton Truman Daniel and the title of this blog entry is what his mother Margaret told him when, at age 6, he finally discovered what his grandfather did before he retired. His folks were afraid he would get a swelled head, you see.

Mr. Daniel explains that when he and his brother were 4 and 2 years old they would try to avoid their grandfather in the morning because if he caught them on their way to watch TV he would read them Thucydides.

Fun article.

2 comments:

Night Monkey said...

I read the article! What a hoot! I can see why you liked it so much. It is written much in the manner of your conversational style. It was delightful!

Robert Lopresti said...

Thanks. Prologue has a lot of good stuff from time to time. I love the image of the little boys tiptoeing past Grandpa to avoid a dose of Thucydides.