Here I was playing with my Dad. Mom and me at Riverside Park.
I vaguely remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his final days. His picture was on the front page of the New York Daily News that my Dad brought home.. There was also a picture of a flag covered coffin…I was a really little kid but I remember that..
I remember being with my Dad and seeing Dwight David Eisenhower giving a speech from the back of a train in Windsor Locks Connecticut.. They called it the Freedom Train. It was decorated with red white and blue bunting..
I remember Harry S. Truman, his health walks and the attempt on his life one morning. I also remember when he fired General Douglas MacArthur.
I remember seeing John F. Kennedy at Bradley International Airport. He Was riding in the back of a open Lincoln convertible going to Hartford to make a speech. He really did have Auburn hair.
I remember when he was shot in Dallas Texas. Years later I went to Cape Cod all the time and me and my dog Albert used to play on the beach outside his house at Hyannis Mass. I loved that place..
I remember Lyndon Johnson. I never seen him in person but I did pat the nose of Air Force One when it was parked on the Air Guard ramp at Bradley. It was a Boeing 707 and you could reach it.. So much for security in those days.. He quit after one term in office. His wife’s name was “Lady Bird”.
I remember Richard Nixon. He was not a nice person. He said he wasn’t a crook but got Impeached then flew back to where ever he came from waving from Air Force One with that big grin on his face… At the time I thought he should fly commercial..
I remember Gerald Ford. His wife had a huge drinking problem.. I remember when the Secret Service had to escort her away from a party she attended.. She got sober and started a Rehab with her name on it.. The Betty Ford Rehab. I always felt sorry for her because alcohol addiction is not easy..
I remember seeing Jimmy Carter sitting on fender of a Cadillac in Hartford Connecticut waiting for a parade to start. I waved to him and he smiled and waved back.. I was working for the Government at the time…
If I remember right Ronald Reagan was an actor who got shot and made jelly beans famous… I think he had Dementia during his last few months in office..
It was when the first Bush was president that I totally lost interest. I mean who can take 8 years of a Bush?
I really stopped (and avoided) watching people like these (Presidents) when junior Bush got elected because for eight years, his clown stage appearance and the way he talked spoiled it for him.. I thought he was embarrassing…. Its hard to believe he flew fighter jets for the Air National Guard.. I think they made up the flying part… Now some black guy with no birth certificate is President now. I have no idea who it is.. I don’t think anybody does..
Below Me and my Prom date Marie.. On the life guard chair near J.F.K's house at Cape Cod..