And, of course, all that was later. Long before any difficulties Joe and Lillie moved to a spacious apartment on Riverside Drive, and, after hosting a going away party for himself which was crashed by the Ku Klux Klan (they were upset at the presence of black guests at an 8 year old’s party), Truman joined them.
He was surprised to realize that his mother had changed her name from Lillie to “Nina”. Desperate to disguise her roots, she had, just like Holly, adopted a bizarre accent. Nina sent Truman to the prestigious Trinity high school, and then, worried that Truman’s effeminate eccentricities might damage her rise in society, sent him off to military school.
The military schooling didn’t take. Truman returned home much the same – Nina and Joe lived for a while in Connecticut before moving to 1060 Park Avenue – and Nina’s friend Eleanor Freide (they met at the races) remembered:
“Truman came through in some kind of outfit, very chic, all dressed up in kind of a strange tie and things, and Nina said, “Where are you going?” He said, “well, I’m only going over to Bennett Cerf’s for dinner.” She said, “Well, what about that gray suit we just bought at Brook’s Brothers, you go back in there and put on the gray suit.”… Anyway, he did traipse back into the room. He came back in the gray flannel suit, looking wonderful, but he had on patent pumps. She said, “oh, go ahead.” Afterward, Truman said, “oh, my crazy mother!”