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Barbara Bush is remembered in Florida, where she had personal ties

April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush's failing health prevented her from personally attending the annual Celebration of Reading in Bonita Springs sponsored by her literacy foundation. But she was there: She Skyped in on a Friday in February.

"She couldn't be there in person," Mark Kaplan recalled Wednesday. "But she stayed on the screen as the writers participated. It was somewhat intimidating because she was looming over the audience."

Kaplan, of Tampa, is chairman of the board of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has promoted reading and many educational opportunities for the past three decades.

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