50 years ago today - Jul 24, 1970

The LDS headquarters invites only prominent Republicans to the Salt Lake City airport to greet U.S. president Richard M. Nixon who has asked to meet with the First Presidency. This excludes Utah's Democratic governor Calvin M. Rampton who "almost had to force his way into the receiving line." First Presidency secretary Francis M. Gibbons later acknowledges that this is "a snafu in protocol." The Deseret News reports that Nixon addresses a crowd of 15,000 from the steps of the Church Office Building at 47 East South Temple Street, but the Nixons cancel their scheduled tour of Temple Square because of what Utah's Congressional representative Laurence J. Burton describes as "stupid, crazy, threatening" posters of "dissident groups." Presidency secretary Gibbons later describes these as "militant blacks" and antiwar protestors.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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