Old mem­o­ries of old D.C.

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This has been a tough sum­mer for old pa­trons of the Hawk ‘n’ Dove on Capi­tol Hill. First, leg­endary bar­tender Wil­liam “Base­ball Bill” Hold­forth died in June; now, co-founder Stu­art J. Long [“Saloon­keeper co-owned Hawk ‘n’ Dove tav­ern,” Metro, Sept. 6].

I re­call an evening in the late 1970s. I was sit­ting at the bar with Hold­forth when Long’s pre­vi­ous wife pulled up in a lux­ury sedan. She or­dered the largest steak on the menu — to go. Her dog was teth­ered to a park­ing me­ter on Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue in front of the bar. Af­ter Hold­forth re­ceived the steak from the kitchen, he handed it to her, free of charge. (Ap­par­ently that was the ar­range­ment be­tween the two exspouses.) The ex-Mrs. Long then placed the steak be­fore the hun­gry ca­nine, which de­voured it in two or three gulps.

An old mem­ory of old Wash­ing­ton.

Ed Connor, Bethesda

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