The Nation: The Good Life At San Clemente

The last picture that Ollie Atkins had taken of Richard Nixon was at California's El Toro Marine Base in August 1974. There, Nixon had posed briefly with the crew that flew him to the West immediately after he resigned from the presidency. Last month Atkins—the White House photographer during the entire Nixon Administration—received a surprise invitation from San Clemente to have dinner with Pat and Dick and shoot pictures of them.

Like others who have paid calls of late, Atkins found Nixon in good spirits. He looked bright-eyed and fit, showed a touch of...

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