On November 30, 2018 President George Herbert Walker Bush passed away. President Bush was an artistic man, like his son whom has been painting after his presidency, since he shared his thoughts with poetry.
In fact, President Bush wrote his memories with poems that he had written, a course past presidents have not taken to establish their legacy.
On April 17, 2018 First Lady Barbara Bush passed away in her home in West Houston in the presence of her husband President George Hebert Walker Bush.
Barbara Bush requested that she receive comfort care in her Houston home after complications from her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and her congenital heart disease became worse in the beginning of April.
Barbara Bush’s funeral was held at the Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church and she was buried on April 21, 2018.
More information on Barbara Bush’s passing and her funeral can be found in the Houston Chronicle:
A little known fact about the founder of the Toys R Us franchise, was that before he opened “Children’s Bargain Town” his first baby furniture store in 1948, within his fathers bike shop in Adams Morgan, and his first toy only store in 1957, he had served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cryptographer.
After the war, Lazarus focused on selling just children’s furniture but eventually found it to be more lucrative to sell toys to the many parents of the “baby boomer” generation. This enabled him to build to toy store franchise that brought him together with other World War II veterans, such as President George H.W. Bush, a former fighter pilot, when Lazarus opened a new Toys R Us in Kashihara, Japan.
In my childhood, I had always enjoyed going with my twin brother and my parents to Toys R Us to see all the different Transformers, X-Men, Marvel and other action figures that were on display. I did take my children to a Toys R Us one last time before the stores shut down for good in April 2018.
In the future I’ll be sure to take my children to local toy stores, and retro toy stores in the hopes they can see some of the toys that spurred my imagination as a child!
On a side note:
Lazarus’s first baby furniture store and his dad’s former bike shop are located within the site of Madam’s Organ, a very festive bar that I used to venture in within Washington DC!