Love him or loathe him, there is no doubt that Richard Nixon was one of the more fascinating, interesting and complex U.S. politicians of the 20th century. Tracy and I visited his library and museum in Yorba Linda, CA (Orange County), a few days ago.
The National Archives took over ownership of the museum in 2007, and in 2011 the new and expanded Watergate Exhibit was added with tons of audio tapes and videos. For history and political junkies, this museum is a must if you are in the area.
Below is the link to my report that includes photos.
That looks like a really interesting museum and your report appears to do full justice to it.
I have a certain amount of pride about my own Nixon stands back from those days. I was at one of the very first Watergate demonstrations in Los Angeles, which started at City Hall, but which was transferred to the Century Plaza Hotel the same evening because Nixon was giving a speech there to thousands of supporters. Everybody piled at random into various cars to take us from one place to the other, and I found myself riding next to the reviled (at the time) Jane Fonda. We marched in front of the Century Plaza as busloads of Valley Girl type supporters arrived arrived, laughing at us and making obscene gestures.
My second source of pride was that although my parents did not seem to really understand politics back then, I had told them that Nixon would never complete his term because he was too much of a crook. My father never forgot that and brought it up for decades with pride as evidence that I had profound political wisdom.
It does look interesting. Not necessarily some place I would seek out .My husband would love it though.
Cool memory Kerouac. I have my own similar type of memory of that time. I marched in Saint Louis and found myself next to David Dellinger (of the Chicago 7) for most of the march. Really nice and funny chap.
I watched Nixon's brother, Ed, on CNN/Piers Morgan last night. He was 17 years younger than RMN. Of course, Ed is a pretty old guy now and he faltered quite a bit in his speaking. When asked what he thought of the documentary to be shown on CNN, which he'd previewed, Ed said he really enjoyed seeing the video, but the CNN "commentary" was completely biased. It sounded like poor Ed was really living in an "unreal" world.
I plan to watch the CNN documentary tonight just to relive the "good old days."