ESPN.com – The Year of Bo – Thirty years ago a run of events happened that would turn Bo Jackson from a brilliant enigma into an international icon. Jackson was known before 1989, but in 12 months, everything changed.
Truman, by then the president and running for re-election, was joined by Bacall, Bogart and actor Ronald Reagan – still a Democrat at the time – at a rally at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles. At some point, the president and Bogart made a bet over what the gender of Bogart and Bacall’s first child would be. “Truman bet that it would be a boy and it was, so Bogart sent him the check,” Sowell said. The correspondence is, to this day, kept on file at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Writing to the president, with the check enclosed, Bogart made an ask: “Would appreciate it if you endorse it and cash it so I may frame it for my son who will undoubtedly run for President on the Democratic ticket in 1999 unless you still hold office.” Truman replied by mail two months later. “I am returning the check which you sent me endorsed to Mr. Bogart, Jr. I hope you will buy him a Savings Bond with it and put it in his educational fund with my compliments,” the president said. “It is a rare instance when I find a man who remembers his commitments and meets them on the dot.”