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Having recently lost my dog to age and injury, I'm a sucker for pics of pooches. I'm not sure which of those two looks more noble.

Uncle Merlin

Damn right you do! Leave the dogs and kids out of it! Dog power! Those rumourmongers will have to roll over on their backs belly up and bark when the dog aliens arrive in their ships, just like Gary Lason predicted all those years ago!

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Lance- I love that picture of FDR's library. It looked familiar, even though I haven't been to Hyde Park since I was 16. At the back corner, there is a little table that seems to have some kind of game on it, but not a chess set. One of my distinct memories of my visit was that there had been a chess set on a stand to the right of the path I took through the first floor of the house, a set displayed at starting position except for one thing. A rook was missing, and since no prior move could have captured it, I assume that some miscreant had snatched it for a souvenir. So I have been wanting to go back for years to see if replacement or restitution had been made. We'll have to go there soon and check.
I don't recall ever reading that FDR played chess. I think he would have found it too confining. He would have wanted to find some more direct way to effect mate than playing out 30 or so moves by some silly rules concocted thousands of years ago. He was the only president i "knew" for my fist thirteen years. I miss him terribly.


When I was last at Hyde Park a few years ago, I asked a docent if Fala had any descendants, figuring that the FDR pedigree might be something people looking for a scottie would be interested in. She didn't know. I wonder if anyone checked on it?

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