80 years ago today - Jun 17, 1940

[Heber J. Grant]

After lunch had the usual nap and this evening took an automobile ride. My wife and I, Minerva Young, Annie Cannon, and Anna Midgley in the car. ...

We got to discussing politics tonight, much to my annoyance, and I expressed my opinion of President Roosevelt in very plain language, which annoyed Sister Young very much. She defended him vigorously and said he was the greatest president in her estimation which we have had since Lincoln. When I got home I realized that I had talked very loud and strong and I was afraid it would have a bad effect on me. I immediately called my doctor and he came to the house and discovered that my blood pressure had gone up thirty points, it had jumped from 150 to 180. It is a warning to me that I must not express myself so emphatically.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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