Dishney: 1959 Monorail Dedication With Uncle Dick and Uncle Walt
The more you know:Richard Nixon
, being the only Orange Countian ever elected to the office of President of the United States, is--expectantly--also the President with the closest ties to Disneyland. Nixon first visited the park in August 1955, not long after the grand opening of Disneyland, and was presented with a key to the park at City Hall on Main Street. A few more documented appearances after that happened, the highlight of which was captured on the above super fun YouTube clip (brought to our attention byRetroist.com
!). In 1959, then-Vice President Dick brought the whole Nixon clan to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the monorail. Watch as he makes an attempt to appear warm and friendly but only achieving something in between "slightly frightening" and "automaton."
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