Category Archives: Sports and Leisure

Fish Story

by Matthew Schaefer While re-processing the personal papers of Senator Bourke Hickenlooper, I came across a folder labeled ‘Fish, 1954-1966.’  This was an odd title, and less descriptive than one would hope.  Being a curious cat, I further investigated this … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover and Fishing

  Herbert Hoover’s lifelong passion for fishing is well-known.  For no other President has a biographer written a 350-page book subtitled, The Fishing President, as Hal Elliott Wert has done for Hoover. In this book, Wert describes Hoover’s fishing exploits and … Continue reading

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Stanford-Cal Big Game

by Matthew Schaefer While every region has its natural collegiate rivals in football—think Auburn-Alabama, Michigan-Ohio State, Texas-Oklahoma—only one rivalry comes complete with capital letters.  The Stanford-Cal Big Game [always capitalized by the cognoscenti] dates back to 1892, when Walter Camp … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

by Matthew Schaefer From the time he was a Stanford student, Hoover was a fan of football.  In his memoirs, Hoover plays up his role as the financial manager of the Stanford football team that won ‘The Big Game’ against … Continue reading

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Home Improvements at Camp Rapidan

by Matthew Schaefer Even before entering the White House, the Hoovers determined that they would need to escape Washington DC’s notorious summer heat and humidity.  Given their love of the outdoors, the Hoovers’ purchase and development of a summer camp … Continue reading

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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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