Prof. Brian Frye Discusses Our Nixon Documentary in Newsday

Film to show home movies of Nixon staffers

By Paul LaRocco

January 28, 2012



But “Our Nixon,” culled from obscure home movies shot largely by Haldeman, Ehrlichman and special assistant Dwight Chapin, fills a historical gap, proving that even notorious political figures goof off, unwind and take in the sights.

“They don’t look nearly as sinister when they’re wearing Bermuda shorts and smiling,” said Brian L. Frye, who along with wife Penny Lane, is turning more than 200 Super 8 reels from 1969 to 1972 into a feature-length film.

Frye, 37, a visiting assistant professor at Hofstra Law School, learned of the movies through a friend with ties to the National Archives. They had been stored at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., mostly inaccessible to the public. Transferring all 27 hours to video promised to cost $17,000.

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