Who Likes Ike?

Today we visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. And here’s a quick study in contrasts:

  • 1960s: Eisenhower’s was the first presidential campaign to use the new medium of television ads, and after he left office, Ike continued to act as an adviser to future presidential administrations (Kennedy phoned him to ask for Ike’s thoughts during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Johnson and Eisenhower conversed over the Vietnam War).
  • 2009: I just received a message from a “Facebook” friend stating “I am in the process of removing all the conservative Republicans from my facebook account…”

It’s a different era.

We spent a little over an hour at the Eisenhower Center. There was a small display on the Apollo missions since this month marks the 40th anniversary of our first manned mission to the lunar surface. Again, we were blessed with great timing — reduced admission prices on Wednesdays!

Driving through Salina, Kansas, we saw a billboard for “The 2nd Friendliest Yarn Shop in the World.” I figured that since Diana has been crocheting this whole trip, she might enjoy a stop there. The store is called YARNS, and it was an impressive shop. (If you’re passing through Salina, it’s downtown on Santa Fe Street.)

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