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Subject: More on Nixon in Dallas-


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Date Posted: Friday, April 26, 04:49:25pm
In reply to: .. 's message, "And Nixon was in Dallas on the day JFK was assassinated." on Friday, April 26, 04:36:37pm

Richard M. Nixon, then an attorney representing PepsiCola, left Dallas, Tex., aboard American Airlines New York bound Flight 82 at 9:05 A.M. on Nov. 22, 1963, thus missing President Kennedy's arrival there aboard Air Force One by about two and \a half hours. Nixon had spent the past two days at a Pepsi©\Cola Bottlers Association©\meeting.

He was just beginning to learn the ropes as a corporation lawyer. He had filed a petition for admission to the New York State bar only the previous Friday, and his name was not yet on his office door, because he would not become a full partner in the law firm of Mudge, Stern, Baldwin & Todd until Jan. 1, 1964.

Nixon's name was expected to remain there a long time. Earlier in the week during a televised interview Dwight Eisenhower had spoken of Nixon's chances in the next Presidential election, but his remark is chiefly memorable for its syntax. It was vintage Eisenhowerese: "Now, if there should be one of those deadlocks, I would think he would be one of the likely persons to be examined and approached, because he is, after all, a very knowledgeable and a very courageous type of fellow." Hardly anyone agreed with Ike. Certainly the American Broadcasting Company didn't. Not only had the network called a broadcast about him ¡°The Political Obituary of Richard M. Nixon¡±; but the program, filmed the year before, had also featured an interview with, of all people, Alger Hiss.

Two companies tried to, cancel their advertising contracts with A.B.C. because of it, but F.C.C. Chairman Newton N. ("Wasteland") Minow turned them down with the cold observation that broadcasting must be free from censorship by ¡°those few, fearful advertisers who seek to influence the professional judgment of broadcast newsmen.¡± President Kennedy said he agreed. Those were halcyon days for effete snobs.

Aboard Flight 82 a stewardess routinely offered her distinguished passenger a selection of current periodicals, and if one could return in time from the mid©\nineteen©\seventies to that fateful Friday, one of the differences which would be noted in the American scene would be the wider choice of magazines, Look, Life, and The Saturday Evening Post then being alive, Well, and on the stands. Nixon may well have picked Time, for he knew he would be in it. The first news page carried an informal picture of him.

He was 50 and looked a young 40 then and in an accompanying interview he was quoted on the political consequences of the recent Saigon coup, in which President Ngo Dinh Diem had been murdered: "If this Viet war goes sour, Vietnam could be a hot issue next year. If all goes well, it won't be. It's strange to me, when we are fawning over Tito, catering to Kadar, accommodating Khrushchev, we don't even have the decency to express our sympathy to a family which was a real foe of Communism."

Barry Goldwater, who rarely fawned over Communists, was the front runner for the 1964 Republican Presidential nomination, Nelson Rockefeller having diminished his chances by marrying Happy Murphy the previous May. In that third week of November, Goldwater had just scored a fresh triumph with one of his natural constituencies by telling a Better Business Bureau banquet in Chicago that the New Frontier had produced "1,026 days of wasted spending, wishful thinking, unwarranted intervention, wishful theories and waning confidence."

Each time the Arizona Senator tore into Kennedy, reporters asked the President to reply. "Not yet,¡± he would say, grinning; "not yet," but plainly he relished the prospect of running against him. The week before, in the Cabinet Room, he had convened his first strategy meeting for next year's campaign. All the key polls of the Kennedy Presidency had been there: Bob Kennedy, Larry O'Brien, Ken O'Donnell, Ted Sorensen, John Bailey, Steve Smith and Dick Scammon, The President said he expected to bury Goldwater in a historic landslide and go on, as Theodore Roosevelt did, to a great second term.

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Joan Crawford was also in Dallas for that meeting (NT)On the board of Pepsi, I believeSaturday, April 27, 07:49:36pm


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