Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

Being on the honor roll was a nice bonus in my Junior year as I had the luxury to have four days on which I could be excused from two study classes on two different days. In the Spring, The Boys Club of America Board held their annual meeting in Boston. Charlie Arnold asked if I could help by putting material on the chairs of each representative since he knew I could come early.

I did leave [ed: school] and went to the hotel. I met Charlie and he told me to put one of each sheet on the chair and when I finished to get the bundles and put them on the chairs. There were others helping as well. When I finished I went to the mens room I was the only one there. This big guy came in holding the door, he poked his head out and another man came in. I watched him come in and he stood next to me. He looked familiar but I could not place him. He asked me, "Shouldn't you be in school." I explained I got out early to help.

On Sunday, the organization had a father and son day and I attended as Charlie's guest. We went through the meal and then came the speakers. I saw the same man I had seen on Friday at the center of the head table. Still wondering where I had seen him before. He was introduced by the toastmaster and I started to tell Charlie I saw him. Charlies said, "Shhh." The man held high office and was still introduced by his title, President Herbert Hoover.

So I felt I was either the only one of one of a few of the teenagers who had to explain to a former President why I wasn't in school.

10 comments:

  1. What a fantastic story! Hoover was known for wanting to know everything! Thanks for sharing these historical tidbits. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. This story was one of Dad's favorites

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  2. WOW, rubbing 'elbows' with President Hoover! LOL ;)

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  3. What an honor for your father to actually meet Hoover. Although he wasn't the most liked President, it must have been a real treat for your father.

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    1. A highlight for Dad, a poor kid from nowhere to meet a celebrity of his day and a former president to boot.

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  4. CJ; how cool dad got to "meet" a president and not on a political level so to speak...admittedly I dont know a thing ABOUT hoover yet still...bet he got a kick out of dad's explanation ! :) ♥♥

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    1. I think Dad was loved telling the former president, he didn't have to be in school.

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