Love Letters Shed New Light On ‘Tricky Dick’

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Love Letters Shed New Light On ‘Tricky Dick’, Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.

Decades before he became known to some as “Tricky Dick,” Nixon was the one penning nicknames (sweet ones) to his future bride in gushy love notes that reveal a surprisingly soft and romantic side of the man taken down by Watergate.

Nixon shared the stage with Patricia Ryan in a community theater production and six of the dozens of letters they exchanged during their two-year courtship will be unveiled Friday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum as part of an exhibit celebrating the 100th birthday of the woman Nixon playfully called his “Irish gypsy.”

In Nixon’s letters, he recalls their first meeting in flowery prose, daydreams about their future together and waxes poetic about the first time his “dearest heart” agreed to take a drive with him.

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