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Richard Hoover: Rich memories of historical encounters

You may remember that rocketing into the sacred past is one of my tiresome obsessions. But must our vehicle always be some antique full of story and character? No! Encountering those with extraordinary historical credentials will do perfectly. So, January 1950, age 10, outside the Alabama Department of Archives and History, I shook the hand of 108-year-old Tom Joar, Jefferson Davis' servant when Montgomery was the capital of the Confederacy. (Note: Google "Joar" for some remarkable African slavery associations!). comments
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Richard Hoover: 'Good Lord, it really is Shirley Temple!'

In early '82, we met for lunch in the State Department's painting-lined Executive Dining Room. I was officer in charge of Berlin. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black was going there and wanted a briefing. comments
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Richard Hoover: Portrait provides clues to subject's identity

I promised worried friends that I would forsake the troubling directions taken in past columns: the celebration of old wars and of hairy relics from the grave. I would relinquish boating over the Styx to Elysium, settling insurgent hash in the Philippines, and would stop recommending the company of the exhilarating dead over that of the boring living! So, to avoid lock-ups for professional observation and to make my contributions to the Daily's column on antiques more respectable, I pivoted toward American milk white glassware. comments

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