Nixon Spoke At UCF Commencement In 73′, Former Aide To Visit School Today

    A little under a year before he was impeached and subsequently resigned amid the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon gave the commencement at the Florida Technological University in Orlando – which is now known as UCF.


    By Jacob Engels


    Former top Nixon aide & confidante Roger Stone will be in town Tuesday for a book signing & discussion of his new book Nixon’s Secrets, but beforehand he will visit University of Central Florida – where his former boss gave the graduation commencement speech in 1973. Stone, a NYT bestseller will be in town promoting his new book Nixon’s Secrets – which he calls a balanced look at the infamous President.


    Stone will also be Signing his book at the Barnes and Noble Store in on East Colonial in Orlando at 7 PM. “Nixon is the most durable political figure of the Century.He is a complex and compelling figure,” Stone told the East Orlando Post. “He is both brilliant and flawed. It’s a time for a historical reappraisal.”


    The topic of Nixon’s speech according to a user on the website Orlando Memory was “What’s Right With This Country.” Orlando Memory is a user driven website where people can upload images, video, old newspaper articles, and other relevant content to document their memories in “The City Beautiful.” Gildeagirl, who submitted the photos of Nixon’s address in 73′ is one of the sites most active users and called the President’s speech “as relevant then as it is now.”


    She recalls the sharpshooters keeping a watchful eye on the President as he addressed the crowd. Stone recently argued that Nixon’s illegal and unconstitutional actions pale compared to President Barrack Obama.” Let’s face it , Obama makes Nixon look like a boyscout,” Stone recently told Fox News.


    Stone, who was the youngest member on the famed CREEP (Committee for the reelection of the President) is credited with helping rehab the President’s image following Watergate. He worked for President Ronald Reagan in 1976, 1980 and 1984 and as a US Senate Staffer for Sen. Bob Dole. 


    Stone will visit UCF and tour the campus, focusing on the reflection pond where Nixon gave the speech. After that, he will tape an interview with CF News 13 before his book signing at the East Colonial Barnes & Noble at 7pm.



    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at