Milton Kronheim grew up in DC in the neighborhood around L and 4 ½ St. SW. He came from a liquor family—his father Jacob owned a saloon on Capitol Hill. He dropped out of high school and opened a liquor store in 1903, but when Prohibition put him out of business he worked as a bail bondsman. For more than half a century, from 1933 to 1986, Kronheim worked as a liquor distributor, and he also hosted power lunches around town and at his warehouse on V Street NE. Kronheim’s obituary in the Washington Post noted, “When Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was invited to lunch…the New York Times took notice, observing that [she] ‘has finally passed muster.’”
What kinds of conversations do you think were happening amongst this group of people?