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Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

One of the most shadowy, behind-the-scenes characters of recent history was a sixth cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a plain little spinster lady named Margaret (Daisy) Suckley (rhymes with “book-lee”), whose Hudson River mansion is being renovated. Suckley died in 1991 in her 100th year. For years she maintained she had nothing to add to what had been written about Roosevelt and his presidency. But when her house was cleaned out, a suitcase of letters was found under her bed, and to the astonishment of historians and family members, Suckley and Roosevelt had a long-term and very close relationship. Although the words are

On Alan Greenspan’s retirement as Federal Reserve chairman, Barbara Hagenbaugh wrote in USA Today: From behind oversized glasses and sometimes in undecipherable language, Greenspan shepherded the economy through one of the most prosperous periods in U.S. history. In the more than 18 years Greenspan held the reins of the Fed, the economy enjoyed a 10-year economic expansion, the longest in history, and had just two brief recessions that were the mildest since World War II. Where Greenspan’s verbal delivery was soothing to the point of somnambulism, his successor, Ben Bernanke, is a straight talker who shoots from the lip and tells it like

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