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This page offers some little known facts about the 37th President:

  • During the White House years, President Nixon and his family had several pet dogs; unfortunately, we do not have much information about them (backgrounds, ages, etc.), except for their general descriptions and names. The President personally had only one dog, "King Timahoe," an Irish setter. Tricia Nixon had a Yorkshire terrier named "Pasha"; and Julie Nixon had "Vickie," a toy French poodle. Mrs. Nixon did not have a particular pet, but she was fond of all of them; and the entire family – back in the 1950-60's – had the famous cocker spaniel named "Checkers."

  • President Nixon was the first person to visit the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) as both President and Vice President.

  • President Nixon was an accomplished musician (he played the violin and the piano) and would often show off his talent for guests at the White House.

  • President Nixon was a huge sports fan; he would often visit the Washington Redskins' practice facility and talk football to his good friend, Redskins coach George Allen. President Nixon even called in a play during a Redskins game.

  • Some of the First Family's favorite movies were "Patton," "Dr. Zhivago," "My Fair Lady," and "The Sound of Music."

  • President Nixon's favorite breakfast usually consisted of cottage cheese (garnished with either ketchup and/or black pepper), fresh fruit, wheat germ, and coffee. President Nixon also enjoyed yogurt, which was flown in from California every day.

  • The famous meeting between President Nixon and Elvis Presley took place on December 21, 1970. There are no White House tape conversations during this meeting because the White House taping system was not installed until February 1971.

  • Presidential candidate Nixon appeared on the show "Laugh-In" on September 16, 1968, where he said "Sock it"
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