Richard Nixon, veep-ing at the Panorama Mall, 1956…
…and returning to fertile ground for his gubernatorial run, October 29, 1962, one week before The Fall.
California was a two party state then. The Valley was the swing vote.
You know who really loved Nixon? This guy. There’s an amusing moment in season five of Mad Men (set in 1966), where Bert Cooper consoles him, rubbing his shoulders: “I’m telling you, Nixon’s waiting in the weeds…” Roger Sterling had only two years to wait for the restoration to complete. The wilderness would prove to be merely intermission in a character-as-fate drama which would unfold all the way to 1974.
“Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Holt, right foreground, receives a bouquet of roses from Cherie Adams at the first meeting of Goldwater Girls at Phil Ahn’s Moongate Restaurant in Panorama City. Several hundred Goldwater Girls, between 15 and 18 years of age attended.”
Hot Republican teenagers, that was a different Valley. Practically a whole other country.
Historical photos courtesy of the Valley Times Collection