TODAY’S POST DEDICATED TO RAY WHITE, September 2, 1913 – May 9, 2012.
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) We dedicate today’s posting to my Uncle Ray White who passed away yesterday morning at the age of 98.
Ray was known as “DAD” on his blog, “Dad’s Tomato Garden Journal.”
In the recently published book Dad, The Tomato Man by Benna F. J. van Vuuren & Michael D. J. van Vuuren, Ray is referred to as “America’s Oldest Blogger”.
Since beginning his blog in August 2003, Dad has posted over 2600 entries. His blog has received more than 382,000 hits from visitors in 115 countries.
Uncle Ray (Dad) was a major inspiration to me in starting JFK+50 & he was always willing & able to give valuable advice.
Dad, we love you & will miss you.
Note: The family will receive friends at Berry Funeral Home on Chapman Highway in Knoxville, TN on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. with the service following. Gravesite service will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in South Knoxville at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12.
May 10, 2012
The Lodge Fight III.
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 3 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy. It is published by Little, Brown & Company.
Dave tells a very funny story about Congressman Kennedy & a confrontation with the Secret Service.
It seems there was a political rally in Boston in 1948 in which President Harry Truman would appear.
JFK, however, wanted to avoid the “hoopla” of coming in the main entrance with spotlights shining on him & the band playing.
So he & Dave tried to “sneak in” the back door.
Suddenly they found themselves surrounded by 5 agents of the President’s Secret Service detail. Dave & Jack were taken to Jim Rowley*, the agent in charge.
“This is Congressman Kennedy. You can let him in, & I guess the fellow with him must be all right, too.”
*James Joseph Rowley (1908-1992) was Director of the United States Secret Service from 1961 to 1973. He was appointed by President Kennedy & continued in the position during the Johnson & Nixon years.
He began working for the SS after joining the FBI in 1936. The Secret Service training academy in Beltsville, MD. is named in his honor.