CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2004 |
A section of Imperial Highway in Anaheim could be renamed the Richard Nixon Parkway if Congress approves a rider on a major transportation spending bill. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar), who has been working with the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda on the name change idea, said Thursday the rider involves less than a mile of Imperial Highway from Orangethorpe Avenue to the Riverside Freeway.
December 11, 2003 |
In one call, President Richard Nixon is on the telephone to Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir talking about peace in the Middle East. On another, he is directing the White House chief of staff to make sure his daughter Tricia gets a refrigerator in her room. And he tells his chief of staff that California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who had challenged Nixon for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, is "an uncomfortable man to be around."
January 10, 1996 |
"If you prefer facts to fantasy, come to Yorba Linda." The words ran in the center of a paid ad in The Times on Dec. 24, under the headline "You Choose" and photographs of Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon and of the real-life former president and his wife. The captions, respectively, were "Oliver Stone's 'Commercial Fiction' " and "Three-Dimensional Reality." The purveyor of reality in this case was the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, which has been waging a low-profile battle with filmmaker Oliver Stone over his take on the 37th president in "Nixon," released last month.
December 28, 1995 |
Sharon Smith tried to explain the dark complexity at the center of "Nixon" to her daughter, Angela, but all the Irvine 13-year-old could think of was how creepy it seemed. "He looked weird," Angela said, referring to Anthony Hopkins in the title role shortly after a recent screening at the Edwards South Coast Plaza theater in Costa Mesa. "And he acted weird too. Was he really a president?" Sharon Smith patiently pointed out that Hopkins' clenched performance tried to show the human side of Nixon, a flawed man who for a few long years was the most powerful figure in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 |
Siskel and Ebert may have given Oliver Stone's new picture "Nixon" two thumbs up, but Nixon's home county sure didn't. If comments from opening-day moviegoers Wednesday are any indication, the film biography of the 37th president will get about as much support in Orange County as George McGovern did in 1972. "I'm appalled," said Tom Debalski, 39, an Irvine resident who has respected some of the controversial director's previous work. "I think it's a travesty to the Nixon family.
September 24, 1995 |
Billy Wilder approached Oliver Stone at a dinner party and asked him what motivated him to make a film about Richard Nixon. Such a negative character, the legendary director observed. Hollywood's resident iconoclast--a filmmaker who incurred charges of revisionist history with his controversial "JFK" and dredged up painful memories of the Vietnam debacle in the Oscar-winning "Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Heaven and Earth"--didn't miss a beat.
May 28, 1995 |
America's love-hate relationship with Richard Nixon continues. Even a new stamp issued in his memory is enough to get people riled. The postage stamp commemorating the 37th President seems to be generating nearly as much controversy as Nixon did in life. Some 2.5 million of the stamps sold on the first day of issue--April 26--with lines throughout the day at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. But elsewhere sales have sometimes lagged, with some folks still holding a grudge and refusing to use the postage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1994
While I join the nation in mourning the death of Richard M. Nixon, I cannot forget the impact that his Administration had on my life. Twenty-one years ago, you published a list of 575 "enemies" of the White House that had been unearthed in the course of the Watergate investigation. My name was one of them. That list went from the Executive Office to the Internal Revenue Service with a suggestion that an IRS tax audit be performed on each listee's income tax return. This produced the first and only tax audit I ever experienced.
April 27, 1994 |
It was the summer of 1973, when the eyes of the nation were glued to the Watergate hearings on television. And yet, thousands of miles away on the West Coast, Richard Nixon and his family were honoring a rare guest at La Casa Pacifica. Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev had come to the seaside estate for a stay of several days, bringing with him to South County some of the world's most powerful Communists. But in this case, none of the neighbors minded. Brezhnev came to the Western White House in July, the same month former Nixon aide Alexander P. Butterfield revealed that the President had secretly recorded all of his Oval Office meetings and phone conversations.