A Jovial Nixon Tells Strangers He’s Bob Hope, Makes Prank Phone Calls
Vice President Richard Nixon interrupting early morning walk on Wilshire Boulevard to watch sidewalk repairs, lingers to talk sports with Vic Salazar, left and another worker.
It's easy to find weird stories about Richard Nixon, before and after his presidency. Even in a paper like The Times that for years boosted his political career, it doesn't take much investigating to locate something worth rereading.
Today's example is a story of Nixon walking along Wilshire Boulevard, having a hamburger for breakfast and...wait for it.... talking to real people. The headline even announces, "Nixon Takes Stroll and Talks With Strangers."
"Normally I have hot cereal for breakfast but this is the equivalent of 11 a.m. Washington time and I feel like having lunch," he said. At least he wasn't over-analyzing it. What else did he have for lunch? Would you believe buttermilk and coffee?
His waitress didn't recognize him. "He looks like a nice gentleman," she told The Times' reporter.
"I'm Bob Hope," Nixon said.
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