Saturday, October 3, 2009

Did you know? Richard Nixon visited Phoenixville, twice.

Two of Richard Milhous Nixon's grandchildren were born in Phoenixville Hospital.

Alex Eisenhower, was born on October 10, 1980 at Phoenixville Hospital, and is the son of David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon. Alex is the grandson of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the USA.

The following are a few interesting tidbits of presidential fact. In 1953, after assuming the presidency, David's grandfather named the presidential mountain retreat Camp David after him, and prior to becoming President, Richard Nixon served as Vice-President to Dwight Eisenhower during his term in office.

From the Oscala Star-Banner, June 20, 1984.

"Richard Nixon has a new grandchild and the former President wasted no time hurrying over to Phoenixville, PA from his New Jersey home to visit the bouncing baby girl born to his daughter Julie Eisenhower.

"I think Julie wanted a girl", Nixon told a reporter as dozens gathered around for autographs. "I'm partial to girls because we had two girls."

The baby, Melanie Catherine was born Monday night, the third child of Julie and David Eisenhower. She was about two weeks later than expected, and Nixon joked that the late birth might have been the reason for her size, 9 pounds, 8 ounces.

Nixon said Julie called him herself to report the good news.

"At 5:30 this morning - I get up very early - the phone rings. She was on the phone. She said, 'Did I wake you up?' I said, 'I was up but what are you up for?' She said, 'I haven't slept all night!' And, that's how I knew."

Officials at Phoenixville Hospital said both the mother and daughter were in good condition.,1949746

On a personal note, a friend of mine was at the hospital when Nixon visited and found him to be very personable.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The new plan looks pretty much like the old one. Diaginal parking removed, some shrubs added. They just don't get it, do they?

And the drawing shows a lot of entrances and steps up and down. And the sidewalk on the Reeves Park side seems to have steps to go up. If they're planning on using the existing sidewalk I see no need for steps. If they're getting into the park then they would need them.

Anyhow - where's the handicapped entrance - in back?

Carnevale & Eustus must be making a fortune on this project.