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Welcome to dicktuck.com, the authorized and official website of Dick Tuck, Political Prankster. Here, I'll be writing my thoughts about the political climate and anything else that comes to mind.

October 21st marks the 30th anniversary of the first public broadcasts of the Watergate Tapes. I held a press conference in Aspen, Colorado and played the juiciest parts. That evening the network television and radio news shows covered the press conference and played selections of the tapes. It was the first time the American public could listen to their leaders conspire in full fidelity without the expletives deleted.

The tapes included the famous Oval Office meetings with Nixon, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean, etc., but also recordings of phone conversations between Nixon and key staff like Attorney General John Mitchell. Nixon would hunker down upstairs in the White House's Lincoln library, pour himself a Scotch on the rocks, start a fire and turn on the air conditioning full blast. You can hear the ice cubes tinkling in his tumbler on the tapes. The American public had to wait seven years to actually hear the Watergate tapes, but when they did, they heard the real Nixon, not the heavily edited White House transcript. The difference is astonishing. Hearing the president say things like "bullshit" expose the real man, putting the lie to the "New Nixon."

Exposing the real Nixon was always my goal. In the Chinatown Caper, a sign saying "Welcome Nixon" also asked – in Chinese – "What about the Hughes Loan?" Once the phrase was translated for Nixon, he rushed over to the crowd, seized the sign and tore it up in front of the TV cameras. the message was simple: do you want a guy like this running your state or nation?

It was the same with the tapes; the real Nixon was the one speaking and the release of the White House transcripts was the beginning of the end for Tricky Dick. The nation was appalled and "expletive deleted" allow fertile imaginations to supply their own phrase. The reality was often worse. This kind of behavior, these ethical standards had been Nixon's since law school, when he broke into the Dean's office with some friends to see if his grades were good enough to keep his scholarship. It continued in his campaigns against Jerry Voorhis, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Adlai Stevenson, John Kennedy, Pat Brown, Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern.

The real Nixon was always there, all I did was keep the spotlight on it.

 
15 Comment(s):
Clyde Fugami said...
Mr. Tuck, What is your take on the political landscape today? (ref. Trump, Clinton, etc.) Is it possible to have an interview with you? I am a grad student doing a paper on the Kennedy era, JFK, RFK, Jackie. Thanks
February 15, 2017 9:35 PM
 
Daniel Buck said...
Dick, Had dinner last night with Don & Judy Green, your name came up, we Googled you. Son of a gun, you're still with us! Drop me a line, let's catch up. Dan
March 25, 2016 3:15 PM
 
Bill McCown said...
Mr. Tuck was legendary in the 1970s and among people who appreciate great humor, his stature just keeps increasing. Unlike the political hacks, dirty operatives, and blatant liars of today's politics, Mr. Tuck had a profound sense of conscience. He was extraordinarily funny, but never mean-spirited. He understood right and wrong. His jokes may have been "practical", but they were never cruel, debasing, or condescending. He often seemed to laugh as much at himself as at others, including Nixon. And he was massively creative! Unfortunately, Washington, DC became too self-important in the 1980s and that juggernaut continues. No laughs there. In the 2000s, when the middle class suddenly became too easy to offend, good old social hijinks all but disappeared. The stuff Mr. Tuck did back then would most certainly have him named in a civil suit by someone claiming mental anguish or traumatic stress. Or worse. Face it, we lost our collective humor. Thank you, baby boomers for taking yourself too seriously. But fortunately, there is a new generation of young people who are mesmerized by Mr. Tuck's exploits. They are not as self-important as baby-boomers or even the Gen-Y-ers. Nor are they afraid to laugh. Let's hope they are able to overcome these "unfunny" times and do something socially positive, productive, and funny.
November 19, 2015 3:09 PM
 
Ron Passarelli said...
Good Morning & Happy Birthday! Your imagination and wit continue to inspire. Lord knows now that Arizona Politics is ruled by the Flat Earth Caucus, we need to learn from you, and continue that tradition. I may just try the ol' technique of wrapping myself in the flag as I take the stage. Take good care, with best regards, Ron Passarelli, Phoenix
January 25, 2015 9:52 AM
 
Eileen Haring Woods said...
Happy 91st birthday - live longer and prosper
January 25, 2015 5:48 AM
 
Name Withheld said...
Mr. Tuck: I am so glad to hear you are still with us. Over the years since that idiot was forced from office, I credit you among the people who did the forcing. It was a sad time for me -- my father died the day after Nixon resigned -- made happier by the President's ignominious exit. My only regret is that you now live in a state that has America's dumbest governor, or at least in a tie with Texas. . Thank you for your important -- and damned funny -- work. God be with you, to infinity and beyond.
November 4, 2014 1:56 PM
 
Grergory said...
Happy 90th
January 26, 2014 1:16 AM
 
Brian said...
Do you still update this website, Dick Tuck?
March 22, 2013 3:17 PM
 
Lenore Pearlman said...
I'm still around to keep you honest.
June 7, 2012 5:15 PM
 
Frank Bergen said...
Dear Dick, Just yesterday I chanced to use your name in a message about someone's none-too-clever effort to pull a political scam on me. The recipient had not clue as to who or what Dick Tuck is, as evident from the reply: "I don't know what a Dick Tuck trick is. Is that some kind of obscene term I'm not familiar with? I hope not." So I googled you to get something to send to the innocent soul, and I found your web site, from which I learned that you live right here in the Old Pueblo. A quick perusal of my trusty phone directory located your address and phone number, just as public as those of ordinary folks. And here I am asking if you do anything public beyond what's shown on your site? I'm wondering in particular if you might occasionally do gigs at events sponsored by the likes of our far east side Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club? Whatever the answers might be, I'm delighted to know that a proponent of old fashioned political trickery is practically a neighbor. All the best!
October 5, 2011 4:17 PM
 
Chago Ramos said...
Dick: Please, write a book about your adventures as a political prankster.
September 4, 2011 5:45 PM
 
Lawrence "Larry" Craig said...
You are one of my heroes. Live long and prosper, Dick!
July 20, 2011 7:00 PM
 
Diane Meyer Simon said...
I met Dick Tuck in 1968 and he has been a part of my life and has influenced my life since then. He has been the subject of some school papers my children wrote as "The Important Man My Mother Almost Knew". He is a legend in his own time and I study him in awe, because every time I saw him as a young impressionable college student I was star struck. He would never remember me, but I will never forget him and his sense of humor. He didn't pull off "dirty tricks", he pulled off brilliant and exposing tricks - begetting laughter and exposing truth. History would be much less entertaining with out Dick Tuck.
May 28, 2011 12:39 PM
 
Arthur Frame said...
Political dirty tricks have exploded since Nixon with most ending up violating the law at some point or another. Tuck, on the other hand, has always shown style and intelligence and even some humor in what he accomplished with Nixon. Does Dick have any intention of writing a book to show these new kids how to do it right?
March 18, 2011 8:18 PM
 
Eileen Haring Woods said...
greetings to the one and only Dick Tuck, who has been a part of my life since the first day we met. Glad to see you/someone are/is embracing technology and sharing your contribution to civilization.
November 19, 2010 1:40 PM
 
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