By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 21, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps recalls the best of a troubled U.S. President from days past.

Tricky Dick

Richard Nixon had many achievements as President, but his huge miss-step relating to the break-in at the Democratic campaign headquarter at the Watergate complex and the following coverup became his defining mark.

On a positive note, Nixon deescalated tensions with the Soviet Union, opened up dialogue with China upon visiting Peking (now Beijing) with a touchdown on February 21, 1972, and paved the way of ending the Vietnam war.  At home, he established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).   And the US put men on the moon with Apollo 11 on his watch.

He is a distant relative of Bill Gates, Jimmy Carter, William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and other notables.   All this through Thomas Cornell, an early settler in Boston.

We are presenting Cary’s map of China from 1825 in honor of Nixon’s trip to China.

Map of China from 1825 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.