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January 21, 2011


another great story! hey danny, my grandpa had a business in the Merch. Mart in the 1960s. Was your mom working at the mart then?

I was thinking of you yesterday, Danny, when TCM had a Patricia Neal film fest on and re-broadcast her 2004 interview with Robert Osborne. Thanks for this tribute as well. When I was a teenager a somewhat older neighbor "girl" went to work for Sargent Shriver's household as, I believe, a chef and everyone was so proud of our neighborhood connection to this service-oriented family. I think that was my first thought when I heard the news broadcast of his death a few days ago--my first case of "six degrees (or less) of separation. May we all live lives of helping others in his memory.

Can I say the obvious -- you are one of the smartest bloggers I know. I loved this post, with the odd combination of American history, personal memoir, and even a bit of good old fashioned Jewish kvetching!

I don't really know that much about Sargent Shriver, so I am now going to read up on him.

I'm a Single Dad of 2, age 2 and 5. I find your site so interesting and helpful. I hope I have much time each day to drop by and check your site for recent post. By the way thank you for sharing this.

Dear Danny,
It's really amazing to me that you and your family have rubbed elbows with such a great number of famous people. Those experiences provide you with endless fascinating and entertaining material.
Keep in mind that the Kennedy family was anything but "normal," compared to almost all of the rest of us. I don't think that any of us could live up to Rose Kennedy's standards.

I love the stories that involve the Merchandise Mart - I have only been there once - so many events there are for the "trade" only, but my son, a student at SAIC at the time, had a design in a show and we got to go to one of the upper floors. Such a beautiful building - and it was even designed so that ships could dock there for on and off-loading! It must have been exciting to work there. What did you do with those boxes, by the way?

First time reader...while I certainly don't need another obsession to transfix my attention away from responsibilities, this is clearly a possibility!

Only one question- did ya keep the autographed mags you found in the Mart?

(Oh- We met your beautiful family at Sheila's and Alan's) Lynn

At the risk of my arrest, a few of the items from those boxes *may* have found their way into my possession! But to be honest, I wish I had nabbed the whole lot. Shortly after finding that treasure trove, the Mart tore down those storerooms to build some retail spaces and I'm pretty sure all of Sargent Shriver's boxes got tossed. Oy.

"Although they were richer than Midas" --- "she asked the doorman to pay for her taxi fare because she never carried any cash."

While I applaud the many good things Mrs. Shriver accomplished, this type of behavior speaks volumes about her character IMHO.

Well, AB, I am hoping (and assuming) that Eunice had somebody pay back the doorman! I wouldn't condemn her for that alone!

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