Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
I'm reading a great book, Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip. After leaving office, Harry and Bess took a three week road trip from MO to NYC, with the former president driving, no secret service detail and no entourage. A fascinating look at the way things used to be for an ex-president. http://www.trumanroadtrip.com/page/page/6814760.htm
If you liked that, read "Plain Speaking" by Merle Miller. Truman was an amazing man who came from very humble beginnings and had to make some of the most crucial decisions ever demanded of an American president.
Thanks for the tip. Sounds 'intriguing'. Three weeks!,... has to be some good stories in this one.
Originally Posted by W4KTL
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Wish some of the later Presidents thought "The Buck Stops Here" instead of everywhere else!!
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This is an roundabout look at Mr Truman. I was born during his Presidency, and even as a kid I liked his direct, no nonsense approach. He wasn't afraid to tell you off, either.
I, being a kid, did, however, think of him as a rather stodgy little man in a homburg hat. Additionally, cars were important to us kids as a measure of one's "coolness". I always pictured him driving around in one of those old turtlebacked 40's Chryslers---about as "stodgy" as you could get! About the worst car your parents could drive on a kid's coolness chart was a Nash Ambassador that looked like an upside down bathtub! A Chrysler? ICK! Or so went the local "cool" chart in our day.'
Then somewhere on the internet I read about Harry Truman. He did, indeed, own a........................Chrysler!!!!!! So all my life I've always associated homburg hats, prim, white-gloved ladies in behive hair with....................Chryslers!!!! When Yuri Andropov (He "dropped off" pretty quick) was premier of Soviet Russia , he stood up on that big wall in a homburg hat. And I thought, "Hmmmm, I bet he drives a Chrysler!!!"
(this is all facitious)
russian limos of Trumans time were based on body dies from Checker taxi cabs
And I thought, "Hmmmm, I bet he drives a Chrysler!!!"
makes a Chrysler look hip, down, and funky by comparison
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Uhhhh, no. That Chaika in the picture is loosely based upon a '56 Packard. ZIL limos were almost complete copies of a '41 Packard 180, however. It's generally accepted amongst Packard aficionados that Packard body dies were NOT used by the Soviets to make the ZIL. There are enough important differences to refute the allegation that Roosevelt made Packard send the body dies to the Soviets.
Originally Posted by AD5MB
I think because Truman didn't expect to become President.....he was one of the very best! I have to say though my impressions of him are only formed by reading two books NOT about him; Ruin From The Air, and The Making Of The Atomic Bomb -Richard Rhodes (one of the finest non-fiction books its been my pleasure to read).