Santa Monica Sears – Protecting from a Cold Front

31 Dec 2014 by PaulCarter, No Comments »

By January 1962 Richard Nixon had returned from home to California after his tenure as Vice President, and was in the midst of his campaign to unseat incumbent Governor Pat Brown. Born in Yorba Linda, raised in Whittier, and now enjoying the fruits of his labors practicing law in Los Angeles, Nixon was living in Brentwood with his family.

On January 21st,  Nixon was the Grand Marshall of the Sunland / Tujunga March of Dimes Parade, which took place in a freak snow storm. Fortunately for Nixon, the day before he had given a speech at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, and just happened to stop in the nearby Sears store and bought a raincoat. Nixon later thoughtfully wrote the Sears store manager: “I am indeed pleased with the raincoat I purchased, and it certainly gave me good protection from California’s ‘unusual weather’ the following day when I rode in the Sunland-Tujunga March of Dimes Parade.”

Sears Store in Santa Monica

Sears Store in Santa Monica where Nixon shopped

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