But the president had not forgotten about Hughes. He had asked somebody to read the ABM memo - Henry Kissinger. On July 16, 1969, the same day
that Apollo 11 astronauts blasted off for man's first walk on the moon, Nixon huddled with his national security adviser. That morning in the Oval
Office, just before they shared the historic moment watching the launch together on television, the president told Kissinger to go see Hughes. Source
Citizen Hughes pp 312-313
Hughes had written a multi page, unsolicited, commentary to the president extolling his thoughts on the ABM negotions. It was one of Nixon's big
"wins" during his presidency. en.wikipedia.org...
Hughes sent the memo via Hughes man Richard Danner, who delivered the memo to BeBe Rebozo, a Nixon man.
The memo contained Hughes thoughts, plans and desires with regard to Nixon's upcoming ABM decisions. Hughes was running several games on Nixon at
this point and final motives remain unclear : moving large sums of money from Hughes to Nixon via intermediaries; Testing Nixon's loyalties by
pushing hard on CAB approval of the Air West buy-out that was fraudulent from the get go and tormenting the administration with regard to nuclear
testing in Nevada. Hughes got these things. Nixon got money and power from Hughes, international prestige from Apollo, thanks to the Hughes built
Surveyors and a secret back channel deal with the Russians, through Frank Borman.
Kissinger returned to his White House basement office angry and incredulous. He told his deputy, Alexander Haig, that Nixon had just ordered him
to give the billionaire a private top-secret briefing, not only on the ABM but also on the general strategic threat, on the balance of nuclear power
-- and, as a final outrage, to solicit Hughes's own views on defense policy.
Placing this in context of what happened during this week:
July 15, 1969: Civil Aeronautics Board approved Hughes's takeover of Air West airlines. Sources indicate how the Hughes buyout of Air West was done
by stock manipulation to drive down the stock of Air West;
July 16, 1969: Nixon ordered Kissinger to go and brief Hughes in Las Vegas.
July 16. 1969: Apollo 11 launched.
July 16, 1969: Robert Maheu, former FBI and CIA, Hughes #1 man, flashes a message to the penthouse,
But now, on July 16, the commander in chief sent advance word to his hidden benefactor.
"Howard," Maheu flashed to Hughes, "we are reliably informed that the AEC has finally given up the battle and will have all tests of megaton or
more held in Alaska. We are also informed that, for security reasons, they cannot, at this time, make any public announcement confirming their
capitulation." Source Citizen Hughes pp 314
July 17, 1969: Nixon screens My Little Chickadee
(1940), starring Mae West and W.C. Fields. At Camp David.
Plot Synopsis : Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets
con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for "respectability." Arrived in Greasewood City with his unkissed bride, Twillie is named
sheriff by town boss Jeff Badger...with an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, both stars inimitably display their specialties, as Twillie tends bar and plays
cards, and Flower Belle tames the town's rowdy schoolboys... Written by R. Crawford, published on imdb Source
July 18, 1969: Nixon screens West Side Story
(1961) at Camp David.
Plot Summary : West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become
two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. courtesy Anon at imdb
July 18, 1969: Mary Jo Kopechne is murdered at Chappaquiddick, smothering any lingering hope for a Ted Kennedy presidential run against Nixon in
July 20, 1969: Nixon phones the moon from the "small office" the event which is filmed by Frank Borman's TV crew. He was NASA's troubleshooter
after the Apollo 1 fire and also served as Nixon's man in Russia in June of 1969.