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Fred Lynch

Frony knew Harry Truman

Posted Monday, June 24, 2013, at 12:00 AM

President Harry S. Truman was photographed in Caruthersville, Mo. on Oct. 7, 1945 by G.D. Fronabarger. Truman had arrived at the Majestic Hotel for his 12th annual visit to the American Legion Fair. In photo below, Truman enters the Baptist Church for the morning service before going to the fair in the afternoon. Below that is an audio slideshow with Frony talking about his coverage of a presidential visit and his acquaintance with Truman.

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  • AFRAID THERE IS NO PERIOD AFTER THE 'S' IN HARRY S TRUMAN AS HE HAD NO MIDDLE NAME ONLY THE 'S'---

    I DID ENJOY THE OLD PICTURES AND I DID SEE THE PRESIDENT AT THE ARENA IN CAPE YEARS LATER AFTER HE WAS PRESIDENT.

    -- Posted by GERALDHARTJOHNSON@GMAIL.COM on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 8:48 PM
    Fred Lynch
    The Harry S. Truman Library addresses the issue of "the period" on its website:

    www.trumanlibrary.org/speriod.htm

    Here is an excerpt:

    ....the archives of the Harry S. Truman Library have numerous examples of the signature written at various times throughout Mr. Truman's lifetime where his use of a period after the "S" is very obvious.

    Mr. Truman apparently initiated the "period" controversy in 1962 when, perhaps in jest, he told newspapermen that the period should be omitted. In explanation he said that the "S" did not stand for any name but was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. He was later heard to say that the use of the period dated after 1962 as well as before.