Click to enlarge the picture. Curiously, he seems to be wearing a wedding ring. Here's the text of the cover for Mr. Google's robots:
November 6, 1970 50 cents
THE YOUNG NIXON
- His career as an actor
- The steady girl he didn't marry
- Breaking into the dean's office
- Poker champ of Green Island atoll
"At 14, Nixon played second violin in his high school orchestra"
Inside the magazine, which contains actual cigarette advertisements, the article about pre-political Nixon (who was of course POTUS in November 1970) is set off with these call-outs:
- 'He wasn't a boy that you wanted to hug'
- He ran for student body president - and lost
- The symbol of his club was a wild boar.
- 'He was a brute for discipline. He couldn't get enough of it.'
- 'He sounded like he was close to quitting law school'
- He helped break into the dean's office
- He asked Pat to marry him the night they met
- 'He was the finest poker player I ever played against'
Meanwhile, one or two of my three readers may remember that I've been reading The Third Reich In Power by Richard J. Evans. Here are a couple passages that caught my eye about another young artist who became a wildly successful politician whose career ended in disgrace:
Hitler toured the [Degenerate Art] exhibition before it opened to the public, and devoted a major part of a speech on the eve of its inauguration to a ferocious denunciation of the works it showed. ... He even instructed the Reich Interior Ministry to investigate the defective visual capacities he thought had partly led to such distortion. They were, he thought, inherited. Cubists and others who did not stick to slavishly accurate representations of their human subjects were to be sterilized.This is on page 172. The footnote to this passage, which also includes a bit of Hitler's speech, is as follows:
142. Merker, Die bildenden Kunste, 148-52. The instruction does not appear to have been carried out.Hitler was, of course, a failed artist. (Just like I'm a failed composer.) Here and here you can see Hitler's own work. This not entirely agreeable site has more pictures including the Hitler drawing above.
On page 298 of Evans' book we read:
In November 1938 Hitler launched a furious attack on intellectuals, amongst whom there was little doubt that he included university teachers and professors. He declared that intellectuals were fundamentally unreliable, useless and even dangerous, and contrasted their irreducible individualism and their constant critical carping with the instinctive and unquestioning solidarity of the masses. 'When I take a look at the intellectual classes we have - unfortunately, I suppose, they are necessary; otherwise one could one day, I don't know, exterminate them or something - but unfortunately they're necessary.'What a different world we live in - where cigarettes are not sold in magazines and artists need not fear for their reproductive abilities. And teachers need not fear for their lives except when a student brings a gun to class.
Click here for a previous MM post about cigarettes, another artistic Republican president and my mother.
Here's another Mixed Meters' post about republicans and Hitler.
Here's where Mixed Meters asks who is giving the Nazi Salute.
Click here to hear two songs sung by another mass murderer.
I confess that George II makes me nostalgic for Richard Nixon. Hitler makes me thankful for George Bush. Here's one of the cigarette ads from Life which may awaken your own feelings of nostalgia if you're of a certain age. (Note that the cigarettes and the steam from the cups all point towards the girl. I'm sure that's some sort of graphical accident not subliminal manipulation. Yeah.)
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