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Did Dick Tuck Cause Watergate? (1970s)

by Ron Kurtus (revised 27 September 2002)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What made Dick Tucks stunts more amusing?

He often wore a clown outfit that didn't fit very well

They were performed on someone perceived as very serious and dour person

They were against Republicans, and that makes them funny

2. What is the different between Tuck's and Nixon's tricks?

Tuck's was amusing, while Nixon's were illegal

Nixon's tricks often backfired

Tuck was paid, while Nixon did them for fun

3. Did Tuck's pranks really help cause the Watergate scandal?

Yes, because afterwards Nixon's people broke into Tuck's office

No, because Watergate happened first

They could have contributed to a dirty-trick mindset

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Don't be too serious about things

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Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Time Magazine article on "Democrat Trickster" June 1972

Playboy Magazine interview with Dick Tuck, August 1972

Washington Post article on Watergate, 17 June 1997

Museum of Hoaxes - Dick Tuck

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