Today is Sunday, the Day Of Rest. It certainly isn't Day Eight of my self-aggrandising 30 Days Of Roth. But hey, if you choose to share this on your blog in glowing terms and tell your readers that it is, what can I do?
These images passed into legend long before I ever posted them. I'm not sure what uncle Jericho would have made of my blog, but he would probably have kicked my backside for not getting better representation.
Any volunteers? No, no aardvarks. Seriously, fellas, sit down!
Shaking The Family Tree
My late uncle Jericho Roth was something of a legend in my family. He was involved in big business, politics and Hollywood long before I was born. Some of my more straight-laced relatives say he was more notorious than legendary; the black sheep of the Clan Roth.
I only met him once, and remember him as an magnificent eccentric. I'm told I look like him, but I can't see it myself. A while back, I received some photos from his publicist Delores K when she retired. She wrote:
Indigo, these are of your uncle Jericho. I can't use these in my memoirs because I'd like my memoirs to be published. Enjoy them before the Supreme Court or the NSA confiscates them.
It turns out that Uncle was a consultant to American President Nixon back at the start of the seventies. Anyway, here's the photos. They have a few sketchy notes on the back from Delores, which I'll reproduce.
Only Nixon could go to China. But only Jericho could talk him into it.
Delores is very vague about this next one, and my poor grasp of American politics doesn't help any. I must look into it.
Jericho proposes a new idea for the White House. Not his best work.
After Nixon left office, Uncle stayed as executive advisor to his successor.
President Ford signing Nixon's pardon. Jericho was on hand to help with legal questions and spelling corrections.
It's amazing what you find when you shake the family tree a little.
Now, you'll have to excuse me. Apparently there's some fellas in black suits and shades here to see me.
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