Nixon’s outtahere speech, 1974

07Aug13

NIXON

Aug. 8 is the anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation speech. On that day in 1974 I carried my little TV to work at the Springfield (Mo.) Daily News and that evening photographer Steve Keller took it to the Ozark Empire Fair, where he set it up at a pavilion near the midway. His photo of fairgoers with fixed faces as the president spoke was published the next day, Aug. 9, the day Nixon left office. Thirty-nine years later, it still conveys the gravity of the moment and remains a tribute to the work of Steve Keller, who died too young. –Don Groff

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