Its no joke. In 1971, the Nixon signed a document urging Americans to recognize the contributions of good men in putty noses and baggy trousers and proclaimed Aug. 1-7 National Clown Week.
Its still celebrated today but dont expect a huge gathering of Bozos, clown cars, and cannons at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif. come Monday (Aug. 1).
Thats because George Savvas, the museums director of communications, points out, Its a pretty serious museum.
Still, he says that any clown organization is welcome to hold a private event there as long as they maintain some sort of dignity.
Savvas says, Nixon obviously had great admiration for these performers abilities to bring happiness and a smile to everyone.
Savvas is getting into the act himself. Although there wont be much clowning around at the museum, he plans to celebrate by taking his son to the circus.
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