BICENTENNIAL: A Happy 200th Birthday, Uncle Sam

Eighty-two years ago, when she was three, Alice Mason crossed the plains from Iowa to Kansas in a covered wagon. Last month she flew to Washington in a jet and, sitting in a wheelchair, made her way to the White House Rose Garden. There she gave Presidential Aide Theodore Marrs a 27-in. by 36-in. tapestry depicting a proud American eagle. Mrs. Mason and eleven other residents of a Topeka nursing home had spent six weeks weaving the wall hanging. The work was their way of celebrating the Bicentennial, and they thought the...