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December

12

1982

December 12, 1982



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Diary Entry - 12/12/1982

Sunday, December 12, 1982

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Spent the day (Sat.) or most of it in front of the fire. Of course there was the radio broadcast at 12:06 & then we went over to the central building & met & were photographed with each & every Sea Bee, Marine & Sailor stationed at C.D. About 240 in all. No other President has ever done that. They were a fine looking bunch of young men. Ran “Sophie’s Choice” Sat. night. Awoke Sunday to snow. About 1:15 I called the Mayor of Bridgeport Conn. and was on speaker to a large crowd. On Dec. 7 (Tues.) an arsonist burned down an inst. sponsored by the Police Athletic Assn. It consisted of a house, a manger & all that goes with Christmas. For years they’ve run this during the Christmas season with a Santa & elves etc. Thousands of children would visit each year & thousands of toys were given away. After Tuesdays fire the Mayor called on the construction industry for help. In the 4 days between the fire & Sunday 250 vol’s. working around the clock had it rebuilt & the opening ceremony was today Dec. 12. Tonite we went to the NBC Xmas special in Pension Hall. The show will go on tomorrow nite. Both Nancy & I taped spots for it last Fri. It was a great show. Old friends like Dinah Shore were in it.