Look Familiar?

Nixon and Elvis

Perhaps one night you were motoring along Route 1 in southern Maryland (round-abouts Laurel), when you saw something reminiscent of this reddish-orange neon glow.

As you probably know or have guessed, there's a letter missing from this version of the sign.

And as it would happen, George Wallace was shot in the shopping center where this sign stands while making a speech during the 1972 U.S. Presidential election primaries.

According to several sources (the "Shouts & Murmurs" section of the 15 April 2002 New Yorker, and this article at the Washington Post) and recently released tapes from then-U.S President Nixon's administration, immediately after Wallace was shot, Nixon encouraged his staff "to circulate a story that the would-be assassin 'was a supporter of McGovern and Kennedy.'"

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