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Gathering to watch history

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We gathered around the cheap black-and-white television to watch history, 40 years ago today. There were just a handful of us, college students who shared the rent at this run-down house near campus. We had been enjoying the leisurely pace of a summer semester, now suddenly interrupted as the world turned upside down.

We were not there to celebrate, although no one thought President Richard Nixon’s fall was undeserved. I don’t recall fear, worry, sadness or glee. There wasn’t much…

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