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Saturday, April 07, 2007

He Patched the President's Pipes

Tim Agazio was right to think I'd be interested in this story. It concerns the passing of Howard "Reds" Arrington, who for 19 years was the White House plumber (no, not one of those guys).

"I did all kinds of things. I got a call once that Mrs. Truman's toilet wasn't flushing right. So I went over there, and all of a sudden up comes these false teeth. They weren't Mrs. Truman's; they were her maid's," Arrington told Life magazine in 1992. "Ike used to drive golf balls down the South Lawn right into the fountain. The water was so deep, he would give me his waders and a ball retriever." [Link]

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