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The Writer’s Almanac for October 14, 2016: i carry your heart with me

Oct. 14, 2016: birthday: Dwight D. Eisenhower

It’s the birthday of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, born in Denison, Texas in 1890. His mother was a pacifist, and when he decided to go to West Point for college, she broke down in tears. He loved being in the military, training troops; he wrote a letter to a friend and said: “I’m having the time of my life. Like everyone else in the army, we’re up to our necks in work and in problems, big and little. But this work is fun! … I could not conceive of a better job.” Even though he was a general, he loved to smoke cigarettes and make small talk with soldiers, and he slept in the trenches with the privates, and when he traveled by jeep near enemy lines, he preferred to drive the jeep himself. He said, “An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.” And he said, “An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame-Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.”

And, The older I get, the more I believe in what I can’t explain or understand, even more than the things that are explainable and understandable.