Last Sunday First Baptist DC held a memorial service for Chip Hailey, long-time church member and A/V engineer, and a fixture in the Falls Church public access TV community. I briefly trained under Chip while the church was searching for new talent to manage the sanctuary A/V system. (Though I never became A/V tech, as my church time is mostly taken by choir duties — and it’s logistically difficult to juggle singing with sound room.)
During the memorial I was especially struck by this story from Chip’s childhood:
Chip was born with cerebral palsy. As one of the first poster children for the ailment, Chip attended a special event at the White House where he sat on Margaret Truman’s lap. His newly polished shoes left stains on Miss Truman’s dress; Chip made his “mark on the Truman Administration,” as he later joked with friends.
It was a very DC story. (The Trumans attended at First Baptist DC through the course of Harry Truman’s presidency, and Rev. Dr. Edward Pruden delivered the invocation at the Truman inauguration.)