I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, letter to Frank Knox, December 29, 1939 (via deadpresidents)
What he said.
Fun With Newspaper Archives: X-15 pilots Scott Crossfield, Joe Walker, and Robert White receive the Harmon Trophy from President Kennedy, November 1961.
kaiyves asked: I know you get advance copies of a lot of new nonfiction books, have you gotten one of Carl Hoffman's "Savage Harvest"? I read the excerpt in this month's "Smithsonian" and it was really good, so now I'm kind of excited to read the whole thing. Oh, and to make this relevant-- did Nelson Rockefeller make any statements while vice president related to his son Michael's disappearance?
No, I haven’t received a copy yet, but I read the excerpt and am also interested in checking out the whole book.
As for your second question, I’m not sure of the answer. I’m sure Vice President Rockefeller spoke on the subject from time-to-time, but his son had disappeared almost 13 years before Rockefeller even became Vice President, so it was probably something that he had covered quite a bit during the previous decade while he was Governor of New York, a prospective Presidential candidate, and the story was still fresh.
Anonymous asked: I read something involving McKinley's death and how he could have lived if they used the X-Ray machine (which was nearby at the exhibition). Is this true? Also, what do you think about Garfield's assassination and death?
With better medical care — care that was available at the time of their respective shootings — Garfield and McKinley absolutely would have survived their wounds. The gunshot wound that Ronald Reagan suffered in 1981 was far more dangerous than that of Garfield or McKinley. McKinley’s was more severe than Garfield’s, but with proper medical care, both Presidents should have survived. In both cases, it wasn’t the bullets that killed them, but infections. In Garfied’s case, it was an infection introduced by doctors treating him. In McKinley’s case, it was an infection that his doctors should have been able to treat.
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