Thursday, July 28, 2005

Celebrating Clown Week Is The Law Of The Land

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Richard Nixon did some funny things while in office and one of them was to pass a federal law celebrating clowns.

It’s 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.

It’s still celebrated today but don’t 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).

That’s because George Savvas, the museum’s director of communications, points out, “It’s 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 won’t be much clowning around at the museum, he plans to celebrate by taking his son to the circus.

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