“I don't know of anything that has moved me more than this action,” said Vice-President Richard Nixon Monday, when he viewed the bronze plaque the citizens of Yorba Linda had erected in his honor in the yard of his childhood home.
He had been unable to attend the dedication of the plaque on his 46th birthday Jan. 9, hence his visit here this week.
Upon his arrival the vice-president and his whole family slipped into the packed auditorium where the entire student body was assembled and all available seats and standing room were occupied. He was elated with Cecil Tozier's band, and he was amazed at the size of the student body.
“There were only 72 when I was in school,” he said, “and now they say there are 400.”
Nixon told the students that they shouldn't worry if some of their teachers seem to give them too much homework. The teachers who worked him the hardest, he said, taught him the most, and as he looks back on his various teachers he was thankful for the hard ones.
He spoke of his visits to 52 foreign countries and his forthcoming trip to Russia. “There are many differences among people,” he said, “their foods, clothing, customs and religions. But do you know something that is the same all over the world? It is the young people.”
“It is when they grow older that they develop the hatred and prejudices which lead to war. I hope all of you—all your lives—remember that it is important to get along with our neighbors. Not just our neighbors in Yorba Linda but all over the world.”
The Nixons then went over to the little frame house of his birth, where the Jack Waldrons live now. In the distinguished party were his wife Pat and two girls, Tricia and Julie, and his mother and brother Don and several other immediate relatives.
Hoyt Corbit introduced a lot of old timers who lived in Yorba Linda when the Nixons did. Corsages were presented to the Nixon ladies and girls, and a boutonniere to the vice-president. And after his talk a most beautiful birthday cake was presented—a frosted replica of the capitol. (This was just a hint . . . there were a lot of cakes and other goodies on the other side of the house.)
Nixon was then asked to present awards to four Yorba Linda students who had made outstanding records in high school and junior college.
He presented a $250 award to Nancy Bolton, of Fullerton Union High School, and certificates to Peggy Horton of Valencia High School, Judy Buckman of Fullerton Junior College, and Dave Blankmeyer of FUHS.
“There is something very special about a small town,” Dick said, “and Yorba Linda is typical of the best of American life.”
After he had chatted for quite awhile on the microphone he went into the house with his mother . . . the house.
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