4. He Was Very Good at Poker
Nixon served in the Navy during WWII and, despite his Quaker upbringing (which forbade gambling), played poker to combat the boredom while he was stationed in the South Pacific. Navy Officer James Stewart told PBS's American Experience that Nixon won between $6,000 and $7,000 playing poker, money that he would use to fund his first major political campaign four years later.
5. He Lived Next Door to One of His 'Enemies'
In the late 1970s, Nixon bought a house in New York that happened to be next door to the home of historian and John F. Kennedy friend Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Not only were the two next-door neighbors, but they even shared a garden wall. Robert Schlesinger, opinion editor for U.S. News & World Report and the son of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., used to go trick-or-treating at the Nixon home as a child—wearing a Nixon mask, of course. The elder Schlesinger remarked to the press about Nixon moving in: "There goes the neighborhood."
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