Sunday, January 12, 2003

Inaugural Notebook

Family Bible

When Gov. Bob Taft solemnly swears to uphold the Constitution he'll do so with one hand atop the Taft family Bible, a tome that his great grandfather President William Howard Taft used when he took his oath of office in 1909.

The Bible was shipped from Cincinnati's William Howard Taft National Historic Site. The governor used the same Bible when he took his first oath as governor and during his 1995 inauguration as secretary of state.

Civics 101

About 20 third-grade to sixth-grade students from Cincinnati's Kilgour Elementary School will be on hand at the Ohio Theatre to watch the inaugural ceremonies.

The students, who are all student council members, will get a rare chance to see the traditional peaceful transition of power, Principal Angela Cook said.

Ms. Cook wasn't sure why her school received an invitation. She said Mr. Taft stopped at Kilgour on Election Day to greet voters as they came into the school's polling place.

The dress

When the first couple takes to the dance floor during the Ohio Leadership Ball, first lady Hope Taft will be wearing a gold velvet floor-length gown complemented by a beaded gold and pewter jacket and coordinating shoes. The dress is from designer Kay Unger.

The entertainment

No inaugural is complete without music. The Ohio State University marching band will perform at the beginning and end of the swearing-in ceremonies. In between are performances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, a Mansfield native who will sing the national anthem; and the Cardinal Chorale of the All Ohio Youth Choir.

It's big-band jazz for the inaugural ball, with the Rick Brunetto Band. The 17-piece orchestra will play ballroom hits from the 1930s and 1940s.

Donations accepted

Attendees to the ball have been asked to bring along a bag of groceries that will be donated to Second Harvest Foodbanks to combat hunger in Ohio.

- Spencer Hunt

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