So, it’s Richard Nixon’s 100th birthday today.

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I’ve long been fascinated by the guy. He resigned on my birthday, Aug. 8, 1974. I was just a wee lad then, but I remember mocking the guy with the long face on the TV and my mom scolding me. ON MY BIRTHDAY! Years later, my mom said it was a strong possibility we were related, quite distantly, to the Nixon family. The movie “All the President’s Men” was a major reason why i aspired to become a journalist. And I’ve read a great deal about him and have even written some things. My assessment: one of the smartest, and most insecure men to ever sit in the Oval Office. He accomplished great things, but also was a major force in establishing the imperial presidency, and was a deeply flawed man.

Here are some things I’ve written about him over the years…

A cover story in 1999 in OC Weekly in which I tried to find physical reminders of Nixon’s legacy in OC and Whittier…

http://www.ocweekly.com/1999-08-12/culture/dick-nixon-s-orange-county/

A story for KCET’s website in which I tried to do a similar thing at his presidential library and museum…
http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/orange/selling-richard-nixon.html

A review of a play at South Coast Repertory in 1998 about Nixon’s first run for Congress…
http://www.ocweekly.com/1998-11-05/culture/dis-nixon/

A review of the theatrical version of “Frost Nixon” last year at the Maverick theater…
http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-05-17/culture/frost-nixon-maverick-theater-peter-morgan/

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