Published: August 16, 2013
It’s 36 years ago today since Elvis Presley died, following a battle with prescription drugs. But he famously offered to help President Richard Nixon fight the growing “drug culture” in America that seemed to have taken off in the 1960s. The iconic picture of the two meeting in the Oval Office, on December 21, 1970, is the most requested photograph from the National Archives and reproduced everywhere.
But the Archives also has some other amazing stuff from that meeting, including the initial letter Elvis wrote requesting it! Check it out here and see more from the Elvis/Nixon meeting at: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/elvis/elnix.html
For the bigger picture on America’s complicated relationship with drugs – legal and otherwise – check out BackStory’s episode “All Hopped Up,” which we’ll be rebroadcasting this week.