The original Grace under fire

True or not, former first lady Grace Coolidge's mettle would make any restaurant manager smile.

"Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge entertained friends at a Thanksgiving dinner in their Northhampton, Massachusetts, home. The maid entered the dining room, bearing aloft a magnificent, golden-brown turkey. Then, alas, she slipped and fell on her face, while the turkey skidded clear across the floor."

That's when Mrs. Coolidge showed her mettle. "Never mind, Mary," she soothed, seemingly unperturbed. "Just take this turkey back to the kitchen and bring in the other one."

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