Confirmed via the Kellow biography that Ethel Merman did indeed sing at the Gipper’s inaugural so that must be the source of the clip I linked on her birthday. He and Nancy sent her a telegram to mark her seventy-fifth birthday.
According to John Kenrcik this “lifelong Republican. . . was a frequent guest at the White House during the Eisenhower administration.”
This sure makes up for Barbra’s politics.
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