Workshops held to commemorate President Nixon's 100th birthday

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - People attended various workshops Tuesday at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in honor of Richard Nixon. Tomorrow would have been the former President's 100th birthday. In 1974, he became the only U.S. President to resign rather than face almost certain impeachment following the Watergate Scandal.

History professor and event organizer Thomas Matijasic says faculty, “Decided to take advantage of the 100th anniversary of Nixon's birthday that was going to occur.” Professors say Nixon is arguably one of the most intriguing characters in U.S. History, “Very few people don't have a strong opinion about Nixon.”

That is why Tuesday’s event was created. Matijasic explains the event as a, “Series of workshops primarily utilizing our faculty and also local attorneys to hit some of the high notes during his career.” The workshops included a mock scenerio in which the former President was put on trial.

Participants heard the case from the prosecution and defense. Then they voted as members of the Senate. The mock Senate vote was one vote shy of the needed two-thirds vote to convict and impeach President Nixon.

Phyllis Puffer lived and worked in Washington D.C. while Nixon was in office but was unaware of the history unfolding around her. “It could have been happening on the moon as far as I was concerned, this is really the first time I've really understood what was going on.”

Event organizers were happy to see faculty and staff, students, former students, as well as people from the community participate in the workshops.

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