Saturday, August 9, 2014

40 Years Ago Today Richard Nixon Resigned; 1974 Memories



August 9, 1974:

Nixon resigns.

Gerald Ford becomes 38th President of the Unites States.

A month later, pardons Nixon.

Country gradually moves toward Inflation. Economy tanks. Origin of "WIN" buttons emerge.

Bay Area: Patty Hearst, six months into captivity, kidnapped by SLA. Shootout in South Central LA --"Cinque", aka: Donald Defreeze, among dead.

Chanel 7 "News Scene" dominates local TV News.

A's en route to third straight World Series Championship over hated Dodgers.

#1-rated movie: Godfather, Part II.

Owen Spann on KGO Radio.

KTVU: "Creature Feature" and "Charley and Humphrey" most popular local TV shows.

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20 comments:

  1. 19 years ago today, Jerry Garcia died. What a long strange trip it's been! Look for cats under the stars tonight, and keep on truckin'...

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    1. Who is Jerry Garcia?

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    2. Take a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPmfZHXaU7g

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    3. 10;19 asks "Who is Jerry Garcia? Jerry was the lead 'singer' of the Grateful Dead', a bluesy, folksy rock band that became the Patron Saints of American Dope Smokers. Those who weren't pretending to love Bob Marley's Reggae Music as an excuse to "Liff the Spliff", often gravitated to The Grateful Dead, who turn Nonconformity into a tightly choreographed exercise in conformity, replete with it's own costumes, dialog, and dietary habits. Some of the recovering Grateful Dead stoners are the same ones who worked to popularize the Gluten Free Movement. Some people actually do need such a restricted diet, while for others, its another case of style ruling over substance.

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    4. He was a landscaper that worked at Alcatraz

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    5. 11:44, this is 10:19. This is classic:

      "The Grateful Dead, who turn Nonconformity into a tightly choreographed exercise in conformity, replete with it's own costumes, dialog, and dietary habits. "

      Love it.

      Anyhow, I was being facetious. I just am oversaturated with the "Thank You Jerry" worship stuff. The portion you wrote that I quoted sums it up for me. And the music is vastly overrated too, though I like the 10 minute blues at the end of their first album. Pigpen was workin it on the organ on that one.

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    6. Driving that train on cocaine...... I'm not a dead head, but I am a child of the sixties (well, I was in my teens and twenties in the sixties). I wonder if 10:19 knows who Jim Morrison was? The Doors was just about my favorite band back then, but there were others. Liked the Rolling Stones almost from the beginning (Mothers Little Helper and Little Red Rooster (was a teen-age in Denmark when the Stones became known, loved jazz, rock not so much until the mid sixties, didn't care for the Beatles at all, when the first appeared, but that changed big time after Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. So much musical talent back then. Santana, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eric Clapton etc. Sorry, if I got off the subject, but just hoping to enlighten todays youth.

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  2. Barry makes Nixon look like a choir boy.

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    1. Nixon's ghost may be gettin' to Obama:

      http://gatesofvienna.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/nixobama.jpg

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  3. Nixon, less corrupt than obama.

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  4. Richard Nixon is to Barack Obama, what the Victorian Novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" (Banned In Boston!) is to :"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."(Also Banned In Boston )

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  5. 40 years ago my Sgt drove up to me while I was guarding an airplane at an air base in Japan. Said Nixon had resigned but the sgt didn't pull me off my post in celebration. Care=not given.
    If you don't like Obama then vote him out. (Ooops, sorry. That didn't work, twice.)

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    1. Hard to do that when the fix is in.

      Oh, and don't ask Eric "I'm not a racist" Holder to investigate...

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    2. Anon at 9:31pm ....Perhaps the Florida and Ohio irregularities cited but never reported on when 'W' "won" in the "liberal elite media" are holding up any further investigations.

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    3. Two wrongs make a right in your book, 6:15?

      You like voter intimidation, on top of everything else? Enjoy your dystopia!

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  6. I miss Tricky Dick. He was THE ONE!

    http://www.oldpoliticals.com/ItemImages/000015/15220a_lg.jpeg

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  7. Here's a link with a KFRC Dr Don Rose broadcast from that morning 8/9/74 http://bayarearadio.org/audio/kfrc/dr-don-rose.shtml

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  8. The saddest thing about Richard Nixon is that he had a terrible insecurity about himself and just didn't like mixing with people. He also probably felt inadequate because of his humble upbringing, and resented "those Ivy League Bastards who got a short cut to the top." Nixon hated being criticized and was paranoid about what his opponents were doing, witness his over reaction by having the Dem Hdqtrs bugged when he had the 1972 election (McGovern) in the bag.

    Nixon's political views however would today be considered moderate, or mainstream, and he would not be popular with the more right wing GOP. While he did continue a divisive war in Vietnam for four more years after pledging to end it once he got into office, he also signed important Environmental Legislation into law such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and he helped to establish the EPA. Nixon also opened the doors to China and Russia, helping to lead us out of the Cold War.

    But unfortunately, he'll be best remembered for the ugly legacy of Watergate and all of the other underhanded and illegal tactics his minions such as Hardleman, Ehrlichman and Colson used under his direction.

    But perhaps even more significant; Nixon contributed greatly to the current mess we now find ourselves in, by turning off millions of young Americans who might have gotten into public service. Much of the negativity and disinterest in American politics we see today in our society is the result of him setting the table for much of the nonsense that followed. A sad commentary on our society.

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  9. Actually, "Godfather II" didn't open until December.

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  10. 4 decades ago, I happened to be w my mom who had just married my stepdad in Marin and he insisted we stop off for "a bit" at his friend's house in Hillsborough on our way back to SoCal (where we all lived at the time). "A bit" turned out to be eight or nine hours. I remember riding past the Hearst mansion & seeing all the news vans parked outside the place. It made the area look like a homeless enclave.

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