John Roosevelt, the President's youngest, sprinted into Memorial Hall one day last week to register along with 1,021 other Harvard freshmen. He took a quick look at his room in Mower Hall in the Yard, then told newshawks "I have to hurry," before he climbed into a Hyde Park-bound plane.

Less precipitately, more than 60 other ''Hyde Park Roosevelts" were converging toward the family seat above the Hudson. All had one purpose: to be present at the 80th birthday of the matriarch of the clan, Sara Delano Roosevelt. At the birthday luncheon,...

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