When I was in 5th grade, my maternal uncle, Ron Barmes, gave me an 8-track tape player and several 8-track tapes. My favorite was CHICAGO’s Chicago VIII, 1975.
“Harry Truman.” That was my favorite song and I listened to it over and over.
I had to wade through songs on certain tracks in order to get to “Harry Truman.” Today’s kids have no idea how long we had to wait on 8-track songs or calling the radio station to learn when our favorite song would play.
President Harry Truman, for me, runs right behind my affection for Abraham Lincoln, and alongside Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. My Grandma Donna always acknowledged she shared her May 8 birthday with President Truman. My mother was born April 6, 1945, under Franklin Roosevelt’s fourth and final term but within six days, Harry Truman succeeded to the office.
December 1972, I watched all the television coverage of President Truman’s funeral in Independence, Missouri.
For 43 years I’ve loved CHICAGO’s tribute to Truman.