National Geographic : 1966 Nov
Tide of tots pours over the south lawn for the 1963 Easter-egg roll, an annual custom close to a century old. Adults may attend only if accompanied by a child. Magic of a real bugle awes a young Arab. The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, in colonial costume, entertains for Diplomatic Corps youngsters at the White House. Another walk in space! Bonnie White takes a giant step, flung into the White House pool by her father, Col. Edward H. White II, first American to venture outside a capsule in orbit. Edward H. White III, right, and Patrick McDivitt, son of White's space partner Maj. James A. McDivitt, wait for the splash. Children of the Nation gave their pennies to build the pool for Franklin D. Roosevelt, crippled by polio. Roosevelt offspring, relatives, friends and col leagues, Mrs. Johnson announced that the Eleanor Roosevelt likeness would hang "in the great hall of the State Floor where all the people who come through will see it, because all the people were her concern." Then actress Mary Fickett, who had played Mrs. Roosevelt in the stage production of Sunrise at Campobello, read excerpts from the former First Lady's autobiographical writings, imitating the high, clear voice that we who were present remembered well. "It was eerie," President Roosevelt's long time secretary, Grace Tully, said to me later. ABOOK-LENGTH version of "The Living White House" will be ready in Novem ber. The 144-page soft-cover volume is the latest in a series produced as a public service by the National Geographic Society in co operation with the White House Historical Association. Proceeds aid the association in acquiring and restoring historic furnishings for the Executive Mansion. Copies may be ordered from the White House Historical Association, Dept. 6A, 1634 Eye Street NW, Washington, D. C. 20006, for $1 each, plus 25¢ for postage.