The President’s House and the Kennedys and Johnsons in it

Some terrific gifts arrived today from John A that I want to acknowledge:

  • The two volume set of The President’s House by William Seale, a monumental work on the mansion thru history
  • The Kennedy White House, by Carl S Anthony, with many candid photos of the family
  • Nov 66 National Geo with “The Living White House,” a wonderful summary of the house’s history with great photos
  • The 1964 The White House: an Historic Guide, from the WHHA, with fantastic formal photos of the Kennedy renovation

So, if you were thinking “hmm, maybe for Christmas I’ll get Derek that November 1966 issue of National Geographic because I know how much he likes the White House and the naked Nuba women of Sudan….” Too late! You’ll have to get me socks.

Thanks, John. Not only has documenting the White House been a rewarding pastime, but even more enjoyable is being able to share it with others.

Hubert Humphrey revisited

In the comments of the Humphrey funeral post, visitor Patsyq asked for information about the services, specifically, the choir and music:

I hope someone reading this can help me…. I know it is off-topic but concerns HHH’s funeral. I have been unable to find (by googling) a program for his 1978 funeral, to include the names of the choirs and the music played.

Can someone help? Thank you.

I passed the question along to Jack M, who dug up the quote from Time that settled where the picture was taken, but I also did some digging of my own. I found a quote from a minister about how President Carter supposedly* went to Nixon, who was sitting in the back, and asked him to sit up front with the first family.

* My grandfather was a Baptist evangelist, so I know that you can’t trust even a minister’s apocryphal stories.

I also found a link to an NBC news report (with proto-news-babe Jessica Savitch) where some additional info is provided. Anyone who might have stumbled across choir or music info about the HHH services might respond to help Patsyq out. She has her own blog called NOLA-girl.

Books and videos

Cracked open my new copy of WHHA’s History 1 this weekend and added a couple of historical pics from it (TR’s 2nd floor Central Hall and Blue (Lincoln) Bedroom) and a couple of current ones from the White House site (Family Dining Room, WW Colonnade). I also got the videos I ordered: Nat’l Geo’s Inside the White House, Backstairs at the White House, Echoes from the White House, and Brick. A double viewing of Brick revealed that it is a clever, tense murder mystery in the film noir style set in a modern high school and has nothing to do with the White House. Imagine my disappointment.

Added a couple new reviews from Pete S. I’ll post the movie page officially soon.