The Nation: Operator Calling

The phone rang one evening last week in the Governor's mansion in Richmond, Va. "Hello, Governor," said the caller. "This is Ron Ziegler speaking from Air Force One." Republican Governor Linwood Holton, a longtime friend and supporter of Nixon, had trouble hearing because of the electronic noises in the background. But he recognized Ziegler's voice and the message was clear: the President wanted to see Holton at the White House at 10 a.m. the next day. Holton quickly canceled his other appointments and flew off to see the President.

Holton had a private talk...

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