Many thanks to the Daily Skiff for covering Professor Paul F. Boller Jr.’s wonderful presentation on presidential pastimes. His knowledge, insight and wit as a presidential scholar have no equal and made for an informative and entertaining occasion. Your reporter’s article from March 27 captured the highlights but misidentified Franklin D. Roosevelt as “the most active of presidents” who sparred with the boxing heavyweight champion of the world the night before his inauguration.
I have no doubt that Franklin would have relished such an opportunity in spite of his confinement to a wheelchair by polio. Cousin Theodore had no such disability, and consequently he could proudly perform as a presidential pugilist.
Mark T. Gilderhus is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair of History.