At the Libary

Howard Hughes landed near the present-day library building to refuel during his round-the-world flight on July 13, 1938. Bruce Haldeman, a local historian par excellence, told me how Hughes, who once said, “I’m not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, I’m a billionaire,” was flying a plane with special compartments filled with ping pong balls so it would float if it crashed in the ocean.

At the Library

A librarian can’t help but notice and appreciate the full bookshelves visible behind Ms. Woodruff’s visage, particularly “Grant,” which also resides on this viewer’s bookshelf, alongside a first edition of “Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant,” (which is widely considered the best presidential writing ever). However, “Grant” wasn’t to be seen on Woodruff’s well-stocked shelves last week and remains AWOL.