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March

18

1981

March 18, 1981



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Diary Entry - 03/18/1981

Wednesday, March 18, 1981

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Greeted Janet Collins of Chadwick School who taught Maureen & Mike. For 30 yrs. she’s been bringing students to Wash. to see their govt. work. Now she’s retiring. The students with her were all from the lower elementary grades. Then brkfst. with the Senate freshman class. Was visited in Oval office by Cong. Vanderjagt who brought a Mrs. Van Kessler from Holland, Mandy Evans from U.S. & a WGN disc jockey. The latter had staged a letter writing contest asking listeners to write their fantasy desire—Mandy won. Mandy is a lovely Jewish lady who had been saved from the Nazis when she was 10 yrs. old. Mrs. Van Kessler was her savior. WGN reunited them and they are going on a 30 day tour of the U.S. It was truly wonderful to see them and to realize how magnificent & noble human beings can be. Mrs. Van Kesslers husband devoted his life & gave his life rescuing downed allied pilots. Mandy was hidden for a year or more between the decks of Van Kesslers houseboat.