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“Speaker Boehner has shared with us his fond memories of eating White Castle as a kid in southwestern Ohio,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of government and corporate relations.

White Castle, during a marketing event at the Capitol to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary, gave Mr. Boehner a plaque engraved with a 1963 image of White Castle’s Cincinnati restaurant No. 11, which he frequented as a young boy.

Mr. Boehner is the first 2011 inductee in what the company calls a “prestigious club of die-hard White Castle fans.”

“White Castle employs many people in Ohio, and the speaker was pleased to show his support by participating in the event today on Capitol Hill,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said.

OBITUARY

Hospers, first Libertarian presidential nominee, dies

LOS ANGELES — John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate, died Sunday in Los Angeles, according to the party’s website. He was 93.

Running on a platform of limited government and individual rights, Mr. Hospers and vice-presidential nominee Theodora Nathan were on the ballot in two states in 1972 and received 3,671 votes and a single electoral vote. The election sent Richard M. Nixon to the White House for a second term.

Mr. Hospers taught philosophy at the University of Southern California.

According to his website, he was born in Pella, Iowa, near Des Moines, and earned a doctorate at Columbia University. The Libertarian Party was founded in Colorado in 1971.