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Thanks for this, Lance. I'd like to share an FDR-related anecdote with you. It goes along with the tributes you describe in that room.

Years ago, I was in an original Depression-era revue (I played the Eve Arden/Joan Blondell type, in case you're interested). To go along with the overture, one of the actresses' brother put together a slide show of newspaper headlines, photos of breadlines, etc. One of the photos was of FDR.

The theatre company that put on this revue always did a few free performances for the local senior citzens--groups, homes, individuals--all could see the show for free the week before it opened to the public.

Whenever that photo of FDR flashed onto the screen, the seniors applauded. Wildly. Those who could still stand, stood. One night, they had to pause the overture, because the people were still applauding. This also happened to some degree with the paying audiences, but with the seniors--always.

When we asked them why, after the performances, they all said something along the lines of, 'He saved us.'

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Great post, Mannion. Love all these. Thanks for writing them.


It's "Sieg," as in "Siegfried."


Zhoot! I mean, Shoot! Thanks, Ras, I fixed it.

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