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Can You Name the Presidents in Order?

Susan Notes: This is just to prove that bad as the news is, we can still have fun. And when kids rattle off the presidents' names, their parents will be relieved that they are learning something in school.

by Sam Smith

ONE OF YOUR EDITOR'S lesser known talents is an ability - on a good
day - to recite the names of all of our presidents in order. One of my
nieces sent an e-mail requesting the details of the mnemonic aid
handed down by my father and, with the help of one of my sisters I was
able to reconstruct it. Just remember these sentences:

- Washington And Jefferson Made Money And Jack

- Van Buren Had Ten Pennies To Finish Practically Bankrupt

- Little John Got Hay-fever Going Around Cleveland Hoping Cleveland
Might Raise True Wealth

- Harding Caught Horses Running True East

- Kennedy Jostled Nixon Fiercely Causing Reagan Bad Catnaps

[Actually, my father stopped with the horses running; the rest I
added. I once received extra credit in a high school test for doing
this, even though in my haste I wrote down "money" instead of "Monroe"]

— Sam Smith


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