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PostEncounters with Herbert Hoover (Patrick Mears, Germany, 10/13/19 4:46 am)
Concerning Herbert Hoover, my son and I may have experienced in the past separate and delayed (or predictive?) "WAIS Effects" concerning Herbert Hoover.
Concerning my own experience, when I was 13 years old in 1964, I began to write to former and current politicians requesting their autographs. That summer, I penned such a letter to Herbert Hoover, addressed to his residence in a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and received in return a very nice autograph from him on a notecard embossed with his name. I still have this autograph. I had forgotten this experience until just now, when I read Paul's post.
As far as son Eddie is concerned, he spent his last semester at The University of Michigan Law School studying in Louvain University, which has significant connections with Herbert Hoover and The Belgian American Educational Foundation. See, e.g., http://www.baef.be/documents/about-us/history/the-first-quarter-century-1920-1945.xml?lang..&template=/system/templates/site/print.html . In Louvain, a square in the center city is named after our 31st President--the "Herbert Hooverplein."
Finally, my wife and I will be traveling to Ireland at the end of this month to visit the "Borderlands," so that she can research and interview people there for an article on the Irish Border. Of course, I will also be taking notes, which I hope will form the kernel of a piece on the same topic for WAIS. We expect to spend about 5 days on the border and 2 days in Dublin.
I hope all is well with WAISers and their families.
JE comments: No US president was more connected to WAIS than Herbert Hoover. Prof. Hilton was his neighbor ("almost across the street") on the Hill behind Stanford U. They met many times, especially between the years 1942 and '46. (There are numerous references to HH in the early WAIS archives.)
In that same neighborhood, my beloved Aunt Ann (Fullerton) shared some birthday cake with HH during a visit to Stanford in the late 1950s. Auntie Ann, 94 years young, has had some health challenges of late. I wish her a speedy recovery and a quick return to full strength.
Someday, I am convinced, we'll see a "parallel lives" biography written about Hoover and Carter. One detail I missed yesterday--both presidents were engineers by degree and training.
Prof. H beat me to this idea 20 years ago. See this 1999 post, "Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover":