Former President Harry S. Truman--in one of his rare public appearances--was the first Missouri resident?
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Background: Former President Harry S. Truman--in one of his rare public appearances--was the first Missouri resident Sunday (Dec. 1) to have his auto safety-checked as directed in a new law.
The State of Missouri has a new law going into effect and the first one to obey it is an ex-President.
The State's new auto safety law doesn't take effect until January first, but the inspection period started yesterday. So it was rather appropriate that the first car in line was that of Missouri's first citizen--former President Harry S. Truman.
Mr. Truman--now 84--no longer drives. But he endorses the new law--and made a rare public appearance in Independence to indicate his interested and support.
The former President--jovial and appearing in good health--stood around for about 45 minutes while the mechanics checked his 1969 sedan for any defects in its equipment.
When it was all over, Mr. Truman's car got its sticker certifying everything was okey. And the former President--a man with a reputation for preferring to get things done early--once again demonstrated that he hasn't changed a bit.