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Chhavi Sachdev
Podcaster and Independent Radio Producer/Reporter
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Saturday, 13 April 2019

When Elvis Met Nixon

Two of the most iconic men of an era met—once! And the photo of that meeting, for the more than three decades, was the most requested picture from America's National Archive. The two men were American president Richard Nixon (pre-Watergate) and Elvis Presley. 

They met in 1970 at the Oval Office, and the reason makes for a really interesting episode of Stuff You Should Know. 

I don't know if I should say here, but the reason's pretty funny, and the hosts do a good job of building the scene and supporting the story with facts from other sources. 

I'll give you a hint, though: Elvis went to meet Nixon to ask a favour. And the background for that favour includes guns, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

Apparently the meeting was forgotten and buried for many years. For some reason it didn't make headlines at the time. But it's been made into two movies, including one in 2000 starring Michael Shannon (surprising to me, because I think a 15-minute anecdote is enough).

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