One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish...
November 16, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | February 24, 2017    

See Harry fish. Fish, Harry, fish. Harry Truman caught a fish.

Harry S. Truman was vacationing in Florida when this non-syndicated editorial ran in various U.S. newspapers. It coincided with another sarcastic editorial, Old Faithful, which ribbed the President for his wardrobe choices.

Fish Story

There seems to be some question as to just what kind of fish it was that chased President Truman out of the water as he was finishing his swim at “Truman Beach” in Key West.

First reports indicated that it was a school of ferocious barracuda. This was not substantiated and there was speculation that the finny intruders were simple a couple of friendly mackerel, possibly bent on sight-seeing. Apparently no one present had considered the possibility that the fish were a welcoming committee of red herrings.

Newspapers who ran this editorial under their masthead included:

The Warren Times Mirror (Warren, Pennsylvania) — November 16, 1951
The Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida) — Nov. 16, 1951 (Were They "Red Herrings?")
The Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) — November 21, 1951
The Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) — November 24, 1951
The Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas) — November 26, 1951
The Courier News (Blytheville, Arkansas) — December 10, 1951

Related links:

Where It’s Really Hot | U.S. editorial, August 4, 1953

Truman, Eisenhower, Dulles, Mossadegh All Connected By Walter Reed Hospital

Many Things Contribute to Mistrust of Truman | The Chester Times, July 17, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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