On July 27, 1956, Vice President Richard Nixon received this letter from Walt Disney requesting an interview on the “Mickey Mouse Club” television show. Disney prompted Nixon to answer the question “When I grow up, Mr. Nixon, why should I be a republican?” in “three sentences or less.”
Disney wanted to film Nixon’s response while he was in San Francisco for the 1956 Republican National Convention. Unfortunately, as the handwritten note on this letter suggests, Nixon was unable to accept Disney’s invitation due to scheduling conflicts. However, in 1958, Nixon managed to squeeze in a visit to the Mousketeers.
Image: “Letter from Walt Disney to Richard Nixon,” 7/25/1956.