Monthly Archives: December 2014

“American Sniper” Interview with the Mother of Marc Lee, NAVY SEAL

The new blockbuster movie, American Sniper, features the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose friend, Marc Lee, was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq. Several years ago I had the opportunity to interview Marc Lee’s mother, Debbie, for my co-authored book, Stories of … Continue reading

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Giving while Grieving–Jackie Kennedy’s Christmas Print, 1963

On the morning of November 22, 1963, the art director for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City mailed 200 prints of a water color of the White House Green Room to Jackie Kennedy at the White House. The boxes arrived at a Washington D.C. airport … Continue reading

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How did Calvin Coolidge Save $500 by Lighting the First National Christmas Tree?

President Calvin Coolidge was known as Silent Cal, thrifty with his words and also thrifty with his pocketbook. Because he didn’t want to spent the extra $500 to install a button at the White House to turn on the lights for the first … Continue reading

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A Rock and Roll White House Christmas – Elvis and Nixon, 1970

Elvis Presley’s photograph with President Richard Nixon is the most requested photo from the National Archives. The unusual pair met during Christmas week in 1970. Chided by his father about spending too much money on Christmas gifts, including “more than $100,000 for … Continue reading

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What gift did John Quincy Adams give America on Dec. 24? Peace on Earth

Exactly 200 years ago on Dec. 24, 1814, John Quincy Adams gave Americans the best Christmas gift he could possibly give to a nation at war: a peace treaty. “I consider the day on which I signed it as the happiest … Continue reading

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