Milestones Feb. 24, 2003

DIED. RONALD ZIEGLER, 63, President Nixon's defiant, clueless press aide during the Watergate scandal; of a heart attack; in Coronado, Calif. Ziegler was only 29 when Richard Nixon sent him to manage the hostilities in the White House press room. "Ron Zig-liar," some reporters called him, but the lies Ziegler told were mostly the President's, given that he didn't really know what was going on in the White House. When Nixon packed himself off to exile in 1974, Ziegler went with him. It was as if he didn't know what else to do. He had become famous for calling the Watergate...

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