Saturday, January 28, 2006
Richard M Nixon Library and Birthplace
I just love history. Learning. As I get older, 'history' has become times that I lived through, making it even more interesting. What is recorded, what I remember, and what is true. Three very different versions of history! The Nixon library is located in Yorba Linda - just east of Anaheim and Disneyland. It's a beautiful area and we found a very nice RV park at Featherly Regional Park. According to Wikipedia (I love wikipedia!) Richard Nixon won his first election by appealing to what he called the "silent majority" of socially conservative Americans who disliked the "hippie" counterculture and anti-war demonstrators. At that time, I was in college and I *was* one of those "hippie counterculture and anti-war demonstrators". My memory of Nixon is one of a dishonest politician who sent thousands of young men to die in Vietnam and Cambodia and who left office justly beaten and in disgrace. My only remaining memorobilia from that period is this from my tshirt quilt: Not exactly the image presented at the Nixon library! I am a believer in looking at the positive side of things, and I know that my experiences in college were one-sided on the other side, but it sure makes me take all of what you read as 'history' with a grain of salt. Just like 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', I'd say that history is in the pen of the writer. It was a very thought-provoking day to say the least. One very interesting exhibit was a wall of Time Magazine covers. Nixon was on the cover of over 50 Time Magazines - more than any other person. I had no idea he was named Time's 'Man of the year' not once, but twice: 1971 and 1972! The library itself is very impressive and beautiful. Bully!