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June 11, 1983
Did my radio broadcast—lunch & then a ride. Giminish was a perfect gentleman. Wore my new field boots for the 1st time. We’ve been working on the ankles with Lexol. They’ve been darn hard to break in but we’re getting there. Spent rest of afternoon pool side. Had some homework with me which took more time than I’d anticipated. Had some calls to make—Anti-Defamation League, George Bush—Birthday & Charlie Price in Brussels who had some good suggestions. Discovered for 1st time the embassy doesn’t have a secure phone—he has to go to N.A.T.O. H.Q. Early leaving on Sunday because of Special Olympics on W.H. lawn. The Special Olympics are for retarded & otherwise handicapped children. It was a truly grand evening—special events by these children, then a picnic dinner in a huge tent & finally entertainment by the Beach Boys. We had one of the athletes a young girl (gymnast) at our table. She couldn’t keep from hugging Nancy who hugged right back. Eunice Shriver heads up this special activity—she was at our table with her husband & the Giffords. Chris Reeves (Superman) was on hand as honorary chief coach. He’s done some acrimonious interviews about me being a cold fish with a heart only for the rich. I’m just optimist enough to think he might have changed his mind. Eunice told someone her brother (J.F.K.) would never give as much time to something like this as we did.