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World's Most Famous Dog
"The Secret Service reported that, try as they might to keep the President's
two things invariably gave away his presence. The first was the construction of the ramps
that his wheelchair required. The second was his Scotty dog, Fala, who often traveled with him.
Fala, like any other dog, would insist upon being taken for a walk when the train came to a stop.
The sight of a closed train standing at a siding, heavily guarded by military sentries, as a
Secret Service agent walked a little Scotty dog was a dead giveaway to any American of the 1940s.
Fala was as much a celebrity and as well known as any other member of the President's circle.
It is no wonder that the Secret Service code name for him was 'The Informer.'
They could eliminate the ramp with an on-board elevator, but they could do nothing about
Splendid Deception" (1985) by Hugh Gregory Gallagher
Claudine "Scottie" Lingelbach, a Navy women's auxiliary, or WAVE,
attended a White House press conference June 6, 1944, D-Day. "She remembers it was
in the Oval Office and President Roosevelt's little Scottish terrier, Fala, was running
free through the small crowd assembled there."--From Tom
Brokaw's, "The Greatest
Fred D. Fair was the president's porter on
the Ferdinand Magellan,
the presidential Pullman rail car. "I served him his meals, made his bed.
We would serve the president highballs before dinner.
Before the meal, I would fix Fala's food. He would never go into the dining
room until you called him. We'd serve him in there. But you couldn't serve
Fala yourself, oh no. You had to hand it to the president, and he'd feed
Fala out of his hand. Many times, I remember dignitaries and other important
folks waiting for their supper until Mr. Roosevelt finished feeding Fala."--From
the Washington Post's Remembering Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(FDR Library photo, 1943)
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