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“Do you remember your President Nixon”, resigning, 45 years ago?

Brad Williams



On August 8th, 1974, President Richard Nixon spoke on TV, announcing he would resign, following the passage of articles of impeachment by a House committee. Vice President Gerald Ford cancelled a planned trip to the West Coast and Hawaii, and was sworn in as president the next day.

Wisconsin Gov. Pat Lucey was campaigning for a second term, preparing to face former Madison Mayor Bill Dyke. The World Series of ’74 would match the Oakland A’s against the L.A. Dodgers. Coach Dan Devine was about to start his last season in Green Bay, in charge of the Packers. And “Chinatown” star Faye Dunaway married singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band in 1974, yesterday in La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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