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Date: January 15, 2003 at 17:09:44
From: Ted Guillaum, [dsc01-nvl-tn-6-16.rasserver.net]
Subject: Re: 1979 Delta Queen Presidential trip Part II


It seemed like everyone up and down the river wanted to give gifts to the President. They were coming from everywhere. Some were really nice and others could be considered, well “Folk Art” and all were accepted graciously. One evening a crew member came to me with an official crew work shirt that some of them had chipped in and purchased and asked ME to present it to him. I tried my best to get out of it but everyone else was too shy. It was after dark and I tried to tell them that I did not know where he was. It didn’t work. They said he is up in the Pilot House. OK, here I go. When I got to the Sun Deck I noticed Mrs. Carter sitting alone outside her room. I thought, Ah Ha! I will give it to her. Nope. She said that I should give it directly to him myself. So, off to the Pilot House. The Secret Service Agent was posted at the door on the Sun Deck by the Officers Entrance (which no longer exists) and I thought here is my last chance. Maybe HE will give it to him. Nope. He said go on up and you give it to him. Well, I had no more idea what I was going to say than the man in the moon. My heart was in my throat as I climbed those back stairs to the Pilot House in the pitch dark. I got to the top of the steps and the President was sitting right there on the bench. To this day I have no idea what I said. Probably something eloquent like “Here, this is from the crew” and I turned around and disappeared in the dark trying to get my heart to start pumping again. I figured that would be the last of that shirt as he accepted it graciously like all his other gifts that his aides took care of. But low and behold several months later one night on the evening news he was at Camp David being interviewed for something presidential and guess what he was wearing. His Delta Queen CREW SHIRT!


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