I was buying a set of dining room chairs from a Craigslist seller when I spotted these two beauties in the corner and asked if they were for sale.
The owner wasn't sure if his wife wanted to sell them. He told me they had belonged to her mother, who was married to General Someone-Whose-Name-I-Can't-Remember. The General had worked in President Eisenhower's administration. "Famous butts have probably sat on these chairs," he said. "Like Eisenhower's butt?" I asked. "I can't say for sure," he said, "but there's a good chance."
I had fallen in love with the color, the velvet brocade upholstery, and graceful lines of the chairs. So I told him how much I liked them, and asked him to let me know if his wife decided to sell them. I didn't think I'd hear back -- I mean who would want to part with this bit of family history? But the next day I got a call -- his wife had said I could buy them! With my fingers crossed I asked him how much they wanted. I was a little worried they may be asking more than I wanted to pay -- given the Eisenhower butt connection and all. "How about $30?" he asked. "Thirty dollars each?" I asked back, just wanting to confirm that I had heard him right. "No, $30 for both of them," he answered.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is why I love Craigslist!! Where else can you find bargains and stories and historical tidbits like this! So the chairs with the possible famous butts provenance are now mine. If you ever come to our house I'll let you sit on them ... maybe.
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