Perhaps one of Orange County's most incongruous moments happened the evening of Aug. 26, 2009, when George McGovern and the now-late Gore Vidal entertained a packed house at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda--yes, that Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.
Vidal died of pneumonia Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 86.
Rather than wallow in despair over losing a celebrated and prolific author (and often ornery Son of a Biscuit), we've decided to recycle some classic Vidal from that magical night in Dick's place.
- "This is a Republican wheelchair. It's not moving" (when Vidal had trouble scooting forward to accept his ovation).
- "As Truman Capote" (when Naftali asked how Vidal should be introduced).
- Turning to McGovern: "George, how are we going to explain this to fans of 1972? Here we are in the Nixon Library. Mr. Reagan is down the road. It looks like old home week."
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- "How different this was from 1972, when all seemed possible: 1972 convinced me that all things were not possible."
- As Vidal received his final standing O: "Know that socialism will never come to America!"