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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

Remembering Julia Ruth Stevens

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Julia Ruth Stevens, long-time resident and innkeeper of Conway, N.H., died on Saturday at the age of 102. She was perhaps better known for her association with her adopted father, George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

In 2004, The Front Porch (NHPR’s nightly arts program until 2007) travelled to Conway to speak with Julia Ruth Stevens. Stevens spoke to NHPR’s John Walters about living with the most famous man in America, “we never thought about it when we were all at home. He was Daddy and we were just like any other family.”

Ruth met Stevens’s mother, Clara Mae Hodgson, at a Yankees-Senators game in Washington in 1923. At a post-game party, she famously said “Mr. Ruth, you drink too much!” It was the start of a six year courtship that culminated with nuptials on opening day, 1929.

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Though she was a died-in-the-wool Yankees fan growing up, Stevens has since switched her allegiance to the Red Sox. In this interview she dismisses the Curse of the Bambino as a fabrication, saying “Daddy would never have done that.” This interview originally aired a month before the Sox put that curse – real or imagined – to rest by staging one of the most dramatic post-season come-from-behind victories against the Yankees on their way to winning their first World Series in 86 years.

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