* Poe Would Have Loved It: The...
* Poe Would Have Loved It: The mysterious figure who annually visits Edgar Allan Poe’s grave in Baltimore to leave three roses and a bottle of cognac has been captured on film. When the darkly clad visitor appeared at 3 a.m. Jan. 19, Poe’s birthday, Bill Ballenberg took the picture from a nearby church. But the person’s face was hidden and Ballenberg did not try to interfere. The picture is in the July issue of Life magazine.
* Founding Father on Trial: George Washington is being charged with treason, sedition, high crimes and misdemeanors. Lord Goff, a British lawyer with tongue in cheek, called Washington a traitor at a luncheon recently in Washington, D.C., and challenged U.S. lawyers to prove otherwise. “We dumped over a few tables . . . to accept that challenge,” said attorney Jim Figliulo in Chicago. The “trial” begins in October in London.
* Grand Title: Imagine Rep. Barbara Vucanovich’s surprise when she read that Rep. Lindy Boggs recently became the first great-grandmother in the history of Congress. Vucanovich, R-Nev., has been a great-grandmother for two years. Her great-grandson, Brendan Erquiaga, lives in Reno, Nev.
* Bush on Broccoli: The broccoli issue continues to stalk George Bush. A group of children has suggested the President disguise his dislike of broccoli with a banana peel or cover it with peanut butter and jelly. Or he could mix broccoli with birthday cake. “Your lighthearted message brightened my day,” Bush said in a letter to the children, ages 3 to 5, at a university’s child development program in Ypsilanti, Mich. In March Bush said: “I do not like broccoli . . . . And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”