Daily Archives: August 17, 2010

So I’m sitting in Woody Hayes’ kitchen when Richard Nixon turns to me and says…

As you read this remarkable story (emphasis on the word “story”), ask yourself one thing – if it were you, would you have been able to keep this a secret from the entire world until you were so moved by a Dennis Dodd post that you had to share?

… When I landed there was a car waiting for me. The door opens and it’s Bo Schembechler. The pilots of the Navy Jet get out of the plane and have him sign autographs. I am in shock. We get back to the Hayes house on Cardiff Rd. My parents aren’t back from Florida yet and Mrs. Hayes wanted me to stop by. I am sitting at the kitchen table with Bo, Richard Nixon, and Mrs. Hayes. I am in uniform and Mrs. Hayes says, “Billy would you would like a glass of milk.” Bo looks at me, then at President Nixon and says to Mrs. Hayes, “Ann, I think Billy needs something stronger than a glass of milk.” I thought Richard Nixon was going to have a heart attack right there on the spot.

Riiight.  That’s what I thought.

I have no idea whether Dodd constructed the story out of whole cloth himself.  (It’s not like he hasn’t done questionable things before.)  However, even if he’s just passing this along as a viable report from a third-party source that he hasn’t vetted, that’s bad enough.

But here’s the cherry on top of the sundae:

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Reputation: 79
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Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2010 9:09 pm

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According to Bill’s letter – “I know you’re a reporter but I would appreciate if you kept it to yourself.”
So why did you publish this, Mr. Dodd?
Dennis Dodd
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:56 am

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You write to me, you’re in the public arena. Plus, it was a great story from a great man. I don’t think I violated any ethics.


Well, at least he thought about it.



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