White House butler and maître d’ Eugene Allen served eight US presidents. In 1986, he told First Lady Nancy Reagan that it was time he retired. In response, she invited him to a state dinner held for German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Allen was probably the only butler ever afforded such an honor.
In conversation with James Deutsch and Charles Weber
Edited by Alexander Jusdanis
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage