HISTORICAL NOTES: Of Men & Cats

In the third installment of his memoirs in Collier's, ex-Vice President John Nance Garner revealed that:

¶ He was delighted when John L. Lewis called him (in 1939) "a labor-baiting, poker-playing, whiskey-drinking, evil old man" because "the majority of people will feel that anyone Lewis can't control is all right."

¶ When a 1939 poll showed him leading the field of possible Democratic presidential candidates (in case F.D.R. did not run), "[Roosevelt] quit inviting me for luncheons at his desk."

¶ The late Harry Hopkins once told him: "I would like to be...