• Richard Nixon Sends Presidential Glasses to Publisher Helen Copley -- TNS

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    RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON (January 9, 1913-April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States from 1969-1974.  He was the only president in U.S. history forced to resign from office over his involvement in crimes that became known as Watergate. 


    As president, Nixon ended American involvement in the Vietnam War.  However, historians now say he prolonged the war by lobbying South Vietnamese officials not to negotiate with the Johnson administration with the promise that South Vietnam would get a better deal out of him if he was elected in 1968.  He was successful at stopping the negotiations and, of course, successful in winning the presidency.  His actions to stop the negotiation, however, resulted in the deaths of thousands of soldiers on both sides.


    Nixon was also responsible for opening relations with China and he initiated détente and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union.  He enforced desegregation of Southern schools and established the Environmental Protection Agency.  Many considered Nixon a visionary whose paranoia got the best of him.


    Gerald Ford succeeded Nixon.  He spent his retirement trying to rehabilitate his reputation and, near the end of his life, he finally admitted that he improperly handled the Watergate crisis.


    HELEN COPLEY was the publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune and apparently a Nixon supporter.


    Offering a TNS sending Presidential glasses.  “Dear Helen, These memento-type Presidential glasses come as a token of appreciation for a valued friendship and with warmest and good wishes for a happy and prosperous year in 1979.




    “Dick Nixon




    Comes with the original cover and a note on the verso: “To be thanked for set of presidential glasses. Card should to JSC library. H”


    A notation in another hand: “Done 1/22/79 ZB”


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