Mister We Could Use a Man Like Hoibert Hoover Again …

Mister We Could Use a Man Like Hoibert Hoover Again ...

In 1962 I read an article about Herbert Hoover in Parade magazine. The article described his austere life in the Waldorf-Astoria towers, and noted the ex-president still received a half dozen letters each day. He would write his responses on a yellow tablet and sign the responses after they had been typed by his staff.

Knowing that my grandparents would place great value on a letter from Mr. Hoover, I typed a letter to him immediately, citing a Supreme Court decision long since forgotten. When I examined the letter I was chagrined by the strike-overs and added an apology for my typing. His response that I was a “master of the typewriter already” was not only gracious, it was a useful affidavit to show my typing teacher father when he complained about my eccentric two-fingered style.

About Philip E Jenks

Philip is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Martha M. Cruz, live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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