Lot 106: TLS as president signed "RN," one page, 6.5 x 9.75, White House letterhead, June 20, 1969. Letter to TV producer Paul Keyes, in full: "When I returned from Midway I was pleased to learn that Laugh-In had been awarded another Emmy, and I want to take this opportunity to send congratulations and also to say what I am sorry has not been said to you more often over the years. Words will never really express my deep appreciation for your generous friendship and assistance. Although you traveled East to West and back and forth again, you always found time to help out. There were many times when your own career rightfully should have come first, but I know from the extent of your participation, the depth of your interest in every facet of my career and in the problems we face in the world, that your own interests very often took second place. If there were an award for kindness, for friendship, for good will toward all, for patience, for faith, it would go to you. I speak for myself, for my family, for your friends on all levels of my staff, when I say thank you to you. Had the Pope removed Paul from the ranks of the saints, we would have had a replacement! Pat joins me in sending our warmest wishes to you and Miriam, and we look forward to seeing you both again before too long." Matted and framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 13.75. In fine condition. Leading up to the 1968 presidential election, and with the ghosts of his 1960 televised debate with John F. Kennedy still haunting public opinion, Nixon hoped to reshape his image by recording a five-second cameo on the popular sketch comedy Laugh-In on September 16, 1968. Despite uttering just a single line-'Sock it to me?'-his appearance became an instant sensation, and helped reshape public perception of Nixon. The show's head writer, Paul Keyes, was a loyal Republican and longtime friend who also wrote occasional jokes for Nixon's speeches.
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