By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 17, 2022) – In Issue 2022-110 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit a historic date in U.S. political scandal and failed cover-up.


A study in political scandal and ambition, paranoia, and how not to do a cover-up – which one shouldn’t do in the first place.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day operatives, ultimately on behalf of Richard Nixon, broke-into the Democratic Party’s headquarters at the Watergate office complex, about one mile from the White House.

Then came the stages of cover-up, finger pointing, kidnapping, tapes, erased missing tape, the press frenzy, and the eventual resignation of President Nixon in 1974.

Say what you want about Nixon, or “Tricky Dick”, as a political operative, and a deeply flawed paranoid person, he would have been remembered for the major positive accomplishments under his watch, had it not been for Watergate.  Under Nixon the Vietnam war continued, but ultimately ended, the draft ended, the Environmental Protection Agency was established, the Endangered Species Act was enacted, and normalization of relationships started with China.  

He said in his Laugh-In cameo appearance: “Sock it to me”, and they did.

Here is Colton’s 1866 map of Washington D.C.

Map of Washington D.C.(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.

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