Huey Long Accuses My Grandfather of Eating His Breakfast – Part 2

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Hilariously, as this article from the New York Times of December 9th, 1933 will explain, Huey Long told the US Senate that Grandfather had invited him to breakfast then stiffed him with the check. What’s more he said, Grandfather only ordered coffee but then ate most of Huey’s breakfast.

Grandfather was not the type of man to steal someone’s breakfast. While I never knew him, he was a very formal man. I’ve never seen a photograph of him, even at the beach, when he is not wearing a coat and tie. According to my uncle, Huey would come by my grandfather’s home in New York, uninvited, and phone people all over the US, leaving Grandfather with a huge long-distance phone bill. He often invited himself for dinner as well even though he only wore a rumpled suit. In that era Grandfather and the family and guests followed the custom of dressing for dinner in tuxedos. This never bothered Huey. He just sat down at the dining room table and paid no attention to how he was dressed.

According to my uncle, who was a child at the time, Huey was very friendly to him and the other children and that Huey liked children a lot.

The New York Times – 9 December 1933

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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