Tuesday, April 08, 2014

O Canada

With Canada in the news here so much these days, someone ought to mention some history of Pittsburgh-Canada relations. At one point  Adolph Schmidt, long at the center of all things Pittsburgh renaissance, served as the American ambassador to Canada for over 4 years in the early 1970s.

9 Comments:

Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Another Richard Nixon connection. I remember reading that Nixon picked Pittsburgh for his first campaign stop in 1968 (not to mention the Billy Graham Pitt Stadium National TV address in Sept that year).

I still wonder if his "grandfather's Ohio woodshed" was the Steubenville/Columbiana area, since distant relatives called little Washington home, strange thing is RMN never made an in-office visit to Western Pennsylvania, at all, ever. We did get Spiro tho!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:29:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Ah.. we should have a dueling historical trivia event.

On all things related to Nixon... what is the Gerald Ford connection to Pittsburgh?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:00:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

http://pgdigs.tumblr.com/post/33832165768/oct-26-1976-president-gerald-ford-meets-tony

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:17:00 PM  
Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Nice the Wiz. Also that visit was the time he "surprised" Moon High School with a impromptu speech there, spoke downtown and I believe it was his very first presidential visit after he pardoned Nixon, kind of like bookends considering the Billy Graham Pitt Stadium kickoff in 1968.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Lt. Col. Theophilus Turnip said...

Ford's first grandchild was born in Magee Hospital. The baby's father (ex-president's oldest son), at the time, was doing some kind of religious work at Bellefield Presbyterian.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:10:00 PM  
Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Impressed Lt. Col. TT. Love how this blog teaches me something new every day.

Back to my original question related to A. Schmidt's boss, RMN never did come to SW PA from 1969 until 1974? Trust me I've looked mightily (I researched almost every VIP visit to the region), can't find any evidence of a Presidential visit actually after 1965 and LBJ until Fords in 1974 & then with Tony in 1976. Guess Vietnam (post '65) and Watergate was too much for the LBJ/Nixon era on domestic visits.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:10:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Maybe something in the opposite genealogical vector? Though I did not know the story of the grandchild.

BT

Given Pennsylvania was one of the very few states Nixon/Agnew lost in 1968.. mostly due to opposition across SW Pennsylvania.. it is not surprising the whole area was written off during the Nixon years.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:12:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Oh, man. That does win the trivia contest. Colonel Blimp has nothing on Theophilus Turnip. Editorial writers used to have so much more humor.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:18:00 PM  
Anonymous marketdiamond said...

Given the revelations in '74 about how much Richard Mellon Scaife & Gulf Oil gave in slush funds to Nixon I'm kinda surprised he didn't make a presidential stop at the Duquesne Club or Ligonier to 'pass the hat' some more, Schmidt after all was tied into the Mellons and thus Gulf Oil.

Friday, April 11, 2014 4:11:00 PM  

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