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Roosevelt and Son: Snakes and Pillow Fights

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Author Eric Burns tells a Westport Library audience tonight about his latest book, “The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt.” Among the anecdotes he told about Quentin, Roosevelt’s youngest son, was the time he brought snakes into a White House meeting the president was having with his attorney general. While Roosevelt’s cabinet minister recoiled with fright from the sight, Roosevelt calmy told his son he should take his snakes to an outer room where a bunch of congressmen were waiting to meet with him. Burns, a longtime Westporter now living in Ridgefield, also recounted pillow fights Roosevelt had with his children at Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt’s Long Island home. “Pillow fights to the Roosevelts of Sagamore Hill were what touch football was to the Kennedys at Hyannisport,” Burns said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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