Sunday, December 09, 2007
I read in the National Archives journal an interesting article on the origin of the White House Press Secretary, the first said to be George B. Cortelyou, who held Cabinet posts under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, when he invited the press in to inform them on the condition of the President, who, climbing in the Adirondacks, the Vice President Theodore Roosevelt expected to recover. George Cortelyou is photographed at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY next to the President sometime before the shooting. It's written elsewhere that the former NYC shorthand teacher, once Chairman of the Republican Party, caused the price of a loaf of bread to go from 5 to 10 cents, and in hindsight, said to have averted an economic depression. The article listed subsequent "White House Press Secretaries" but what I thought odd, left out Dee Dee Myers, the first woman to hold that position, for three years in the Clinton administration before leaving to get married. I suppose for many a journalist might be those invited into the White House, though considerable payoffs have gone on to "make the news" which professional journalists should be protesting more, in my opinion, my cousin George Murray once directed "Huntley and Brinkley" and won an award for "Vanishing Americans" about native Americans in our country. Ed. - George B. Cortelyou is also listed literally on a board of early CEO's of the Consolidated Edison Co., in their museum on 14th Street near Third Avenue in Manhattan. I worked around the corner for five years in "public" or "contract" archaeology, near the Quaker School on Stuyvesant Square a property donated by the Stuyvesant family, a statue of the early Mayor Peter Stuyvesant there and now I read a statue of Anton Dvorák, who lived nearby and composed the Symphony No.9, "From the New World", that building torn down for an AIDS hospice by Beth Israel Hospital despite protests. Dvorák's statue had been found forgotten on some roof and moved to the park.