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Quoted: LBJ social secretary Bess Abell on her one White House dinner crashing problem

Strom Thurmond with the beauty queen he went on to marry: Miss South Carolina Nancy Moore, in 1966. (The State file photo via AP)

"When he would show up with Miss Pecan Princess or the Queen of the Watermelon Festival, I'd always find a seat for her. ... He could cause the president a lot of problems, so I didn't want to make him mad."

-- Bess Abell, former White House social secretary, on the party-crashing problem she often had to deal with during the Lyndon Johnson years: Sen. Strom Thurmond and his unexpected dates. He "wasn't really a crasher," she says in the new issue of Vanity Fair. "He just always brought somebody with him who wasn't invited."

By The Reliable Source  |  May 7, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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