For a president who only served a month in office and who died in 1841, William Henry Harrison is certainly hot these days. His name keeps coming up in things I see and read. Part of this interest probably comes from the publication of New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ new book on Harrison, who was 68-years-old when he was inaugurated (at a time when life expectancy was around age 40). Collins has written about Harrison in her column, making parallels between Harrison and the 2012 election. A co-worker recently stopped in my cube to ask if I had seen the recent article on our ninth president.Read More
Happy Birthday to James Madison, born March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. Here are some not-so-random facts about our fourth president.Read More
Now to Part 2 of my encounter with Chris Matthews and his book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.”
Despite early word that the MSNBC host would not sign books, at the end of his talk, Matthews said he would stay to autograph copies for anyone who wanted them.Read More
Baltimore definitely lived up to its former slogan “the City that Reads” as about as 500 people packed the main atrium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Thursday to hear MSNBC’s Chris Matthews speak about his book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” Matthews shared his insights on Kennedy’s early years, his illnesses and how they affected his life, and his drive to be a career politician, studying and mastering the craft of “retail politics.”Read More
“Behold The Man,” that’s the phrase on this American folk art watercolor I discovered today at the Maryland Antiques Show. The painting shows George Washington with his arm extended in the style of the famous Gilbert Stuart painting.Read More
Happy Birthday to George Washington. The “Father of Our Country” was born February 22, 1732.
There are lots of places with connections to George Washington, so you know we’ve encountered him on a Nerd Trip or two!Read More
The original idea of Nerd Trips started with visits to presidential homes, birthplaces, burial sites and libraries, so Presidents Day seems like something we should acknowledge!
I enjoy visiting these places because you learn about our presidents as people: their likes and dislikes, hobbies, quirks, families and even foibles. Here are a few random facts from the places we’ve visited.