B1495. MARGARET TRUMAN. Murder in the Smithsonian [A Novel; her first book]. New York, Arbor House, 1983. 221pp. DJ. - More delightful D.C. deviousness for the readers of Murder at the Kennedy Center.
“Mary Margaret Truman Daniel, also known as Margaret Truman or Margaret Daniel, was an American singer who later became a successful writer. The only child of US President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Truman, she was ‘a witty, hard-working Midwestern girl with singing talent who was neither particularly pretty nor terribly plain’.
After operatic vocal training, Truman's singing career began with a debut radio recital in March 1947. Reviewers were not always kind, but her father was fiercely protective: when in 1950 Washington Post music critic Paul Hume wrote that Truman was ‘extremely attractive on the stage... [but] cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time. And still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish’, President Truman wrote to Hume, ‘Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!’ A 1951 Time Magazine cover featured Truman with a single musical note floating by her head. She performed on stage, radio, and television until the mid-1950s.”
- Loyal Bluto