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San Francisco playwright and actor Terry Baum gathered quite a bit of information while researching a play entitled “HICK: A Love Story — the Romance of Lenora Hickock & Eleanor Roosevelt.” Baum plans to discuss Roosevelt’s 30-year relationship with the famous reporter Hickok, aka “Hick” — including evidence that the pair carried on a lesbian affair early on in their friendship.
“Hick,” who holds the distinction of having the New York Times’ first byline by a woman on the front page, met Roosevelt during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential campaign in 1932. While there is disagreement among historians about the nature of their relationship, Baum says there is evidence the two shared a love affair for several years and would remain friends and partners in activism.
From 1933 to 1962, the First Lady wrote at least 2,336 letters to Hick (and that’s only the ones that survived), which Baum read through at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. The letters, Baum says, “document a passionate lesbian relationship between them in the early years of their friendship.” In later years, “Hick helped Mrs. Roosevelt become an outspoken, media-savvy activist for democracy and human rights — one of the greatest women of the 20th century.”
Please consider attending, even though all reservations are taken. Last time Terry gave this talk there, the "sold out" house had many empty seats. Everyone who came was able to get in. And if the place really is packed, Rosie the Riveter National Historic Monument is worth a visit all on its own. Not only are the exhibits fascinating, but it's on the water and there's a nice restaurant a few feet away." The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
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