Friday, August 08, 2008

A REMARKABLE DAY IN HISTORY




On this day in 1974, Richard M. Nixon became the only president of the United States to resign his office for as he said "the good of the nation". I remember that day very well. I was living in Goleta, above Santa Barbara. The funny thing is the date itself. Because also on August 8th in 1968, The Republican Party officially nominated Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (remember him?) as president and vice president. Richard M. Nixon will always remain a most unique specimen of US History. He was a god man in many ways, but he also was a control freak. He actually thought himself above the law. Gerald Ford succeeded Nixon as the 38th president the next day at noon and served Nixon's remaining eight hundred and ninety-five days in office. I remember a great comedian by the name of David Frye who could imitate Nixon and Lyndon Johnson so perfectly. There was a bit where Nixon (upon winning the election) decides because he is "the president-elect" to go to Washington DC and rings the doorbell at the White House at eleven o'clock at night to get a tour of his "new pad". Hysterical! In it Richard Nixon even attempts to sell Lyndon Johnson a used car. To which Lyndon dryly proclaims "Buy a used car?-- From YOU? Today is also Esther Williams 87th birthday. I love Esther. What I didn't know was that she had a hot and heavy romantic relationship with actor Victor Mature during the filming of the MGM movie "Million Dollar Mermaid". She was also involved romantically with actor Jeff ("Combat") Conway but broke it when she discovered that he was a cross dresser-- imagine that. Yesterday I got paid $158.00 to evaluate new cars-- that was sure easy money! Well later.

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