A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 7, 1974

Such is her fascination with American politics that Correspondent Bonnie Angelo has covered the walls of her Washington home with a collection of 19th century memorabilia ranging from fraying presidential campaign handkerchiefs to a pair of dinner plates from Zachary Taylor's White House. Angelo professes no political ambitions, but in a reverse twist, some of the presidential wives she has known are confessed journalism buffs who have devoted long hours of their private time to chronicling the history they watched and often helped make. "Lady Bird Johnson recorded her experiences almost every night," recalls Angelo, "and Pat Nixon kept careful...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!