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Jack Gordon Welcomes VP Richard Nixon to Seattle

Nixon and Seattle People at Seattle Tacoma Airport, 1960 Photo from JackGordon.org

Exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau, photo by Forde Photographers

(Left to Right) Jack Gordon of Greater Seattle (with mike), Pat Nixon, Vice President Nixon, Mort Frayn (back to camera), Seafair Prime Minister Sid Campbell (partially hidden by Frayn), Seafair Queen Carol Christensen, and Seafair King Ken Bowling.

Presidential candidate Nixon flew into Seattle in the afternoon of August 5, 1960. Jack Gordon and Mort Frayn were co-chairmen for the "Welcome for Nixon" at Sea-Tac Airport, which drew over 7,000 spectators to the airfield tarmac. (An article in the Seattle P-I a month later compared Nixon's crowd of 7,500 with the 3,000 drawn by candidate Kennedy.) Due to the crush of people to see the Vice President, the airport was closed for takeoffs and arrivals.

 


Richard Nixon Speaking in Seattle,1960.  Photo from JackGordon.org

Exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau,
photo by Forde Photographers

Vice President and Presidential candidate Nixon spoke to the crowd with the ever-present "Seattle Seafair Skipper Pin" logo on the podium.

 

Richard Nixon at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, 1960.  Photo from JackGordon.org

Exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau, photo by Forde Photographers

When the photographer backed up, you could see the Vice-President was joined on the platform by local dignitaries.

 

 

Closeup of Richard Nixon at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, 1960.  Photo from JackGordon.org

seattle times photo

A close-up of Nixon captured by a Seattle Times photographer.

 

 

Letter from Mort Frayn re: Nixon Visit in 1960. Image from JackGordon.org


As part of Frayn's thank you letter, enclosed with the local Nixon campaign's check for expenses incurred during the candidate's visit are these words, "This is being written on Tuesday afternoon [November 8] before the results are in, but I feel confident we are going through..." Unfortunately Chicago's mayor and the Kennedy clan had other plans.
 
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