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A Tale of Two Charlies: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Charles Widmayer, Margaret Monk and Charles Smoot." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Charles Widmayer, Margaret Monk and Charles Smoot." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Charles E. Smoot 1908-1999

The Washington Post - Oct 1, 1999

Charles Effinger Smoot, 91, a former assistant general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of the Ski Club of Washington, D.C., died Sept. 23 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of respiratory failure.

Born in Staunton, Va., Mr. Smoot moved to the District in 1917 and lived in Washington until shortly before his death. He graduated from Central High School in 1926 and for the next decade worked for the Agriculture and Interior Departments.

Bona drag

They all look very nicely dressed and elegant, the 20s were really a high point in fashion, very timeless. What they are wearing wouldn't look too much out of place even today. Also, the young men's suits are really nicely tailored, and the young woman is elegant without being gaudy.

Bill Maher '25

Charlie on the left is a dead ringer.

364.4 smoots

The smoot is a unit of measure at MIT, tracing back to a 1958 fraternity prank whereby one Oliver Smoot was repeatedly laid down on a bridge to measure its length.

Oh, she is cute.

But I'll tell you what: It may be stylish and trendy, but that hairstyle does not work with that shape of face.

I'm reminded of the stylist who invented the Jennifer Aniston hairstyle and who was politely furious at its fame; she said people were wearing it who just plain shouldn't.

Is he in the other Smoot picture?

Charlie Smoot looks like the little boy in the shot called "Meet the Smoots." I suspect he's the youngest child, on the far right.

[He's a bit young to be the boy in the 1910 photo. Charlie was a student (and cheerleader) at Central High when this photo was made in 1925. Senator Smoot, whose sons were Harold, Harlowe and Ernest (probably the boy in the sailor suit), did have a grandson named Charles, born around 1917. - Dave]

Central High Students

These three were all Central High students when pictured here. I have yet to find the common thread that links them all.

[As in aside, my first association with the name Smoot is not the Smoot-Hawley act (a.k.a. Hoot-Smalley) but rather the non-standard unit of measure for the length of the Harvard Bridge connecting Cambridge to Boston: 364.4 Smoots. One Smoot equating to 67 inches.]

Washington Post, Nov 15, 1925

Central Quill Clique Opens Year's Meetings

The first meeting of the Quill Clique, Central's honorary publications society, was held recently at the home of Miss Alla Rogers, last year's editor of the review. This year's officers are Charles E. Widmayer, president; Miss Elizabeth Howard Wright, vice president; J. Canfield Marsh, recording secretary; Miss Margaret Moreland, corresponding secretary, and Charles Smoot, treasurer.

That Privileged Look

Charles Smoot has all the grooming and the patrician features of a young Joe Kennedy, older brother and once Presidential hopeful of brother John Kennedy.


N.Y. Times, Sept. 22, 1991

Charles Edward Widmayer, a founder of Editorial Projects for Education, which published the weekly Chronicle of Higher Education, and for 30 years the editor of the Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, died Thursday at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. He was 83 years old. He died from acute respiratory failure, the family said.

Mr. Widmayer, a native of Washington, graduated cum laude from Dartmouth in 1930. After a year's graduate study at Harvard, he returned to Dartmouth and Hanover, N.H., where he lived for the rest of his life. He taught English at Dartmouth in 1932-33 and served as director of athletic publicity in 1933-1934. He joined the staff of the Dartmouth Alumni magazine in 1933. In 1957, he became a founding member of Editorial Projects.

Surviving are his wife, Alene G. Potter Widmayer, to whom he had been married for 53 years, and two sons, Frederick P. and Martin G. Widmayer.

I agree

with Nate. There is definitely some body language going on there. Besides Mr. Smoot got really carried away with the Pomade in his hair.

Her Prince

Margaret is quite attractive, given the lack of modern makeup, and seems to be wearing a sort of knowing smirk. Mr. Smoot is rather dashing in a wealthy sort of way. But Margaret is leaning toward Mr. Widmayer, isn't she. Hmmmm.

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