The head of IBM and the Stewardess Incident


Boys will be boys, right? The press caught President Trump on tape talking about "grabbing 'em by the pussy" and he still got elected. 

Turns out things back in the 1970s weren't that much different.

That's when columnist Jack Anderson was about to spill the beans on Ambassador to France Arthur K. Watson. Watson, the son of the founder of IBM, had gradually been forced out of the company his father built and had to settle on a career in US Government service. On a flight in 1971from London to Washington, DC, he got rip roaring drunk, demanded to be served a bottle of Scotch and started shoving money down the blouses of Pan-Am stewardesses. 


President Nixon discussed the incident with his Chief of Staff, HR Haldeman in the Oval Office and the conversation has been helpfully preserved by the White House taping system. 

Like with President Trumps locker room conversation caught on tape, Nixon and Haldeman agree that there's nothing with having a few drinks and chasing girls. The main thing that they're in agreement that it's better than chasing boys. 

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Episode 5 - Elvis and Nixon

Yep - this is it. The episode that this podcast was made for - the historic meeting between Elvis and Nixon. You've seen the picture, you might be seeing the movie that opens this week, but this is the real story.

Although there are no actual tapes of the meeting - Nixon didn't install the recording system until after the historic summit was held - there are a couple of tapes where Nixon or one of his aides mention the meeting and that's what we're going to be going into here.

We've also got a couple of eyewitness accounts with Egil Krough and Jerry Schilling, who were both present. 

If you're curious about my take on this, you can watch my film The King and Dick over at The Atlantic

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Episode 4 - Don't Forget Your Ashtray

President Nixon welcomes Johnny and June Carter Cash, along with a few members from the band, into the Oval Office and showers them with gifts. He also takes the time to praise Johnny's music and shows off a "cool" painting by his daughter, Julie. 

Controversy erupts when Nixon mentions Glen Campell - what exactly is the President hiding from the public? 

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