30 January 2008

The Boss's Boss has passed...

Another link to our American past has gone. Margaret Truman has died. Given the nickname The Boss's Boss by her father, President Harry Truman, she was well known performer as well as author of a very popular series of detective novels based in Washington DC. Her singing and performing career was not without some controversy. Following her performance at Constitution Hall in 1950, said one reviewer:

"...Yet Miss Truman cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time -- more so last night than at any time we have heard her in past years..."

Said her dad in response:

"...I've just read your lousy review of Margaret's concert. It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppycock . . . it shows conclusively that you're off the beam. . . . Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below...."

Source: Washington Post

I did a quick check of NARA and found quite a few digital images concerning her as well as travels with her father and mother. Here is one:

Photograph of President Truman, with Mrs. Truman and Margaret Truman at Washington National Airport, preparing to leave for a vacation in Florida., 11/28/1949 Source: NARA

More Links:

NY Times Obit

Boss's Boss Nickname

Wikipedia entry: Includes Time cover from 1951

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