"70 IS THE MAGICAL AGE WHEN PRIDE CAN RIGHTFULLY TAKE OVER?" EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed, "D.E.," as President, to White House correspondent for UPI Merriman Smith ("Dear Smitty"), thanking him for birthday wishes, and inquiring whether pride is justified at 70 years of age. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery; horizontal folds, remnants of hinging at upper edge verso. [Washington], 14 October 1960
". . . Although I knew you were on the campaign trail (preferably Republican), I have missed seeing you of late. "And now I have a question to ask of you, which I think after eight years is only fair. Do I gather that 70 is the magical age when pride can rightfully take over? I am perfectly agreeable. The next time we have a press conference we ought to have a truth session about ages." When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Smith was in the presidential motorcade; for his coverage of the event, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1964. In 1969, Lyndon B. Johnson awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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