Make no mistake about that: today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth (Yorba Linda, California, January 9, 1913) of the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, the only American president to resign from office.
At a ceremony Sunday commemorating his 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon's eldest daughter remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. The 37th president died in 1994 at 81.
Easily caricatured, Nixon -- known as "Tricky Dick" by his detractors -- has been depicted in many cartoons.
Dozens of Futurama episodes have featured the voice of Billy West as "Richard Nixon's Head." West had the same role in the direct-to-video movies Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007), Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008) and Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009).
Harry Shearer voiced Nixon in four episodes of The Simpsons -- coincidentally, all released in 1993: "Duffless," "Whacking Day," "Homer Goes to College" and "Treehouse of Horror IV."
In the 62-minute animated film Luke and Joe Get Lost (2010), Chris Wood voiced Nixon.
Probably the best Nixon impersonator ever, Rich Little voiced him in only one cartoon: the 1992 feature film Bébé's Kids.
The 1998 Histeria! episode "Hooray for Presidents" cast Frank Welker as the 37th President.
2008's A Night with Nixon, a three-minute film, had director-writer Alex Cormack voicing Nixon as well.
And even Japan has gotten into the act, with Shozo Iizuka voicing President Nixon in the 2000 anime series Brigadoon: Marin & Melan.
Jack Kirby has said that he based much of the Superman villain Darkseid on Nixon. Darkseid has been voiced in various series by Welker, Michael Ironside, Marc de Georgi and Michael-Leon Wooley, and in the direct-to-DVD movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse by Andre Braugher as Darkseid. He even was voiced by Nolan North in MAD!
"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits." -- Richard Nixon (quit on August 9, 1974)
"Oh boy." -- Allan Sherman
(This post was edited by eminovitz on Jan 9, 2013, 11:16 AM)