Category Archives: Sports and Leisure

Herbert Hoover a Superhero?

On August 10, 1962, Herbert Hoover celebrated his 88th birthday by attending the dedication and opening of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library -Museum in West Branch, Iowa. Accompanied by friend and former president Harry S. Truman, Hoover fondly reminisced about … Continue reading

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Caribbean Vacation

In March, 1931, Herbert Hoover decided to take a Caribbean cruise. He had taken only one brief vacation during the first two years of his Presidency, and badly needed some rest. The battleship Arizona had just finished a two year … Continue reading

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Oscar Winner Ethel Barrymore’s Birthday Greeting from a former President

By Thomas F. Schwartz In nineteenth-century America, the ruling family of the stage was the Booth family.  John Wilkes Booth forever ruined the family reputation by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln.  In the twentieth-century, the Barrymore family were the stars of … Continue reading

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Hoover and Books

A love of books is rarely innate and usually the result of careful cultivation. Herbert Hoover described a moment when he was a teenager in Salem, Oregon when Miss Jennie Gray took an interest in his education. “She took me … Continue reading

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Divided Loyalties: Herbert Hoover and the Rose Bowl

The 2016 Rose Bowl Game will be a contest between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Stanford Cardinal.  The two football teams have never met on the gridiron, but the universities share a unique connection:  the thirty-first President of the United … Continue reading

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The Making of the Modern Myth

Herbert Hoover mentored and befriended many young men and women who latter achieved prominence in diverse fields of endeavor.  One such relationship was with a young diplomat, Hugh Gibson, serving as secretary of the legation in Brussels, Belgium during the … Continue reading

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Hoover on Baseball

Fall means it is time for “America’s pastime” playoffs! Herbert Hoover was a fan of baseball throughout his life; as President he had the traditional honor of throwing the ceremonial first pitch to open the season for the Washington Senators, and he … Continue reading

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