Monday, February 19, 2007
History comes alive
Every now and then, a story stretches the possibilities of I-Report. When Patrick Bautista first e-mailed us about his wife, who he said appeared in one of the few photos ever taken with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a wheelchair, we could hardly believe it. A quick conversation with Ruth Bautista, then named Ruth Bie, confirmed she indeed was the 3-year-old who appears with Roosevelt and dog Fala in the iconic 1941 photo. You might have seen this image in your history book in school. Her father and mother were caretakers at the president’s estate, now the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. She was so young, she can’t remember.

"Nobody knows," Bautista said. "I don't mention it. I just laugh when I see the picture. I say, 'Here I am again.'"

As if that weren't enough, we spoke with Loretta Krzyminski, who got to meet President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 at age 6, during a ceremony dedicating Wicker Memorial Park in Hammond, Indiana, to war veterans. We were blown away, and we wonder what stories are waiting in the wings. Take a look at our gallery -- you make it happen.
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