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Former President Drops in on Burger King

April 3, 1986

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Richard Nixon stopped at a Burger King restaurant here while taking a drive along the coast, and posed for pictures and signed autographs for the stunned workers and patrons, employees and his spokesman say.

″There was an ex-president in Burger King,″ said hosteen Doreen Johnson.

″It was a shock to see him,″ she added. ″He wore a powder blue suit, and looks better in person than he does on TV.″

John Taylor, a spokesman for Nixon, said today, ″It was a pretty day and he thought he would take a drive down the coast and have a hamburger and french fries.″

Nixon, 73, accompanied during his jaunt Wednesday by staff member Mike Edicott, ordered a burger, fries and soft drink, said Ms. Johnson.

After bringing the former president his lunch, she held hands with Nixon and posed for a picture.

The Saddle River resident stayed for about an hour and signed autographs. Before departing, he left a special message for the restaurant - a note which reads, ″Best Wishes to Burger King, home of the Whopper. Love, Richard Nixon.″

The workers have already had the note framed, said manager Lisa Krigel.

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