Some time ago, a Facebook fan expressed thanks that we would never combine our First Ladies Friday with our Facial Hair Friday. To which we replied, never say never! Of course, the facial hair in this photograph is not on First Lady Pat Nixon, but that scraggly surfer goatee is in very close proximity to Pat, so we are going to count it as a two-for-one.
In 1971, Pat set off on a tour of the country to support the new Legacy of Parks program, including a ceremony at Border Field State Park, where she met this surfer afterward.
On August 19, 1971, Nixon released a statement on his plans for the Legacy of Parks program, noting that “It is essential that our system of parks satisfy both the casual tourist and the avid outdoorsman, that we have places where families can meet other families and places where people can be alone.”
You can read more about Pat Nixon and the Legacy of Parks here.