Sunday, March 14, 2010

Nice to see Frances Cleveland (Grover's wife) get a mention in Walter Scott's Personality Parade in today's Parade magazine. But Walter (if that's his real name) missed an opportunity to tell a great story: Around 1947, Frances attended a dinner in Washington and was seated next to Dwight Eisenhower. Her place card said "Mrs. Thomas Preston," her name from her second marriage. Ike had no idea who she was until, at one point in the conversation, he said he was considering moving to Washington.

"Oh," Frances said, "I used to live in Washington."

"Really?" said Ike. "Where?"

"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

That's when Ike realized he was seated next to Mrs. Grover Cleveland!