Richard Nixon 100th Birthday Gala

Described as the “humble farmhouse built by his father,” the birthday cake for Richard Nixon’s 100th, made by Fluffy Thoughts of McLean, Virginia, was made to look like his birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Steve Bull, who was Richard Nixon’s White House appointments secretary. He’s now a Washington-area realtor. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Henry Kissinger takes a phone call before heading into the Mayflower ballroom for the gala dinner. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower, far right, claps in response to comments made about her father. Also at the table are her sisters-in-law, Susan and Anne Eisenhower. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Tricia Nixon Cox welcomes guests to the gala birthday party for her father. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

At the Mayflower bar after the dinner, actor Harry Shearer, who came into town for the dinner from California, with Richard Nixon’s younger brother, Ed, who lives in Lynnwood, Washington. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Laughing, these two called themselves the “professional” actors in the room—Fred Thompson and Harry Shearer. Shearer portrays Nixon in a BBC production called “Nixon’s the One.” Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Old Nixon campaign posters dotted the room in which the cocktail party was held. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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