T o I mpress Y our F riends and R elatives 44 FUN FACTS ABOUT PRESIDENTS

We hired our first employee last month! Jenny Knox is our new marketing assistant and will be handling marketing for the firm in East St. Tammany Parish. Welcome aboard, Jenny! Jenny has been a longtime friend and stopped by recently to discuss a new venture she was considering. During that conversation, I told her I was planning on hiring a part-time marketing assistant. She said she had some free time and would like to help. So, we set up an appointment so I could show her my marketing system and what I’d need her to do. FROM THE DESK OF Bob Norton A week later, I put her through the traditional, small-business training program (i.e. short tutorial followed by trial-by-fire), and we visited the client offices in the Mandeville/Covington area that she would be handling initially. The following week, she made the run by herself with flying success! I’m anticipating hiring additional employees in the coming months to handle bookkeeping and tax preparation. Hopefully, they will be as positive and hardworking as Jenny.

Can you name all 44 U.S. presidents? By most estimates, only about 1 percent of Americans know the name of every person who’s held the country’s highest office. To help make you a member of that exclusive club, here is one fun fact about each of our commanders-in-chief, just in time for the Fourth of July. Despite appearing to have worn a wig, George Washington’s hair was entirely his own. The stark white color was the result of careful powdering. John Adams was a prolific writer of love letters. We know of more than 1,000 correspondences between him and his wife, Abigail. Thomas Jefferson maintained a well-stocked wine cellar. In fact, he was one of early America’s foremost experts on the beverage. James Madison was America’s smallest president in terms of stature. He stood 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed about 100 pounds. Washington isn’t the only future president in the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” If you look closely, you’ll see James Madison holding the flag. John Quincy Adams was the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after his time in the Oval Office. Andrew Jackson challenged over 100 men to duels during his lifetime but killed only one. Known as Old Kinderhook, Martin Van Buren’s campaign slogan popularized the term“OK.” William Henry Harrison was the first president to die in office. He fell ill of either typhoid or pneumonia and passed away only 31 days into his tenure.

After his time as president, John Tyler ran for Confederate office. Many viewed him as a traitor at the time of his death. James K. Polk was a temperate man who didn’t have time for fun and games. He even banned dancing in the White House. Zachary Taylor contracted cholera from a bowl of cherries served with milk. He died five days after being exposed. Millard Fillmore once personally helped put out a fire at the Library of Congress. During his lifetime, many people believed Franklin Pierce ran over a woman with his carriage. Historians dispute the validity of this story. Every single president has been married at some point except James Buchannan, who remained a bachelor until his dying day. Abraham Lincoln is enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, having won over 300 matches. No president had humbler beginnings than Andrew Johnson. He spent two years as an indentured servant before running away with his brother.

What does the “S.” stand for in Ulysses S. Grant? Nothing, it’s just an “S.”

In 1880, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first sitting president to lay eyes on the Pacific Ocean. James Garfield was ambidextrous and would often write different documents with both hands, sometimes in multiple languages.

-Bob Norton

Long before Obama, Chester A. Arthur was

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