This piece combined two of my interests that are not related to the Chargers. It was originally written for the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) Journal under the title "The Old Lion And Papa Bear." However, it made its way over to American Heritage and was purchased for their website. It appeared there on April 5, 2006. Not everyone approved of my connection between these two figures, but it led to American Heritage purchasing the Hendrix and Springsteen pieces which also appear here.
Theodore Roosevelt And Jerry Garcia: Brothers Under The Skin?
While reading William N. Tilchin’s touching memorial to John Gable in the last TRA Journal, I was instantly forced into a double-take. He recalled that the late Doctor had written him a letter in August of 1995 “that lamented the passing of Jerry Garcia.” I chalked that tidbit up as an interesting anomaly until I later read in Major Gregory A. Wynn’s tribute that Dr. Gable had “attended 13 Grateful Dead concerts. The first was in Providence, RI. The last was in March 1994 in the Nassau Coliseum.” Dr. Gable had apparently verified his show total in his “Commonplace Book,” an idea he had admittedly borrowed from George Washington. These books, whose origins date back to the Renaissance, were originally used to help students understand all the innovations and achievements of the era. Later Commonplace Books of men like Washington and Jefferson contained the words that motivated them and provide historians a unique view of how these figures actually viewed themselves.no comments