That of course is the great H.L. Mencken, enjoying a beer the day alcohol prohibition was repealed. The photo appeared on the front page of the Baltimore Sun. I’ve been trying to find a vintage copy of that edition for years.
Today, I’ll be speaking at a Repeal Day event at Cato. Word has it, they have more RSVPs than any event they’ve ever held at the Institute. I’d like to think that’s because I’m speaking, but I’m fairly sure it’s because of the promise of free booze–occasional Agitator guest blogger Jacob Grier will be whipping up prohibition-era cocktails after the forum.
One final fun note: Yesterday I received a long and angry response to my Fox column this week from the head of–ready for this?–the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. They still exist! The email is way too long to re-post here, but it begins, “The WCTU does not really plan to have any special observance this Friday. It is rather a sad day for us.”
I’ll bet. Drink one for them, today, too.