Last month I wrote about a recent appearance that Ed Nixon, the younger brother of the 37th President, made to promote his new book The Nixons: A Family Portrait, during which he described how the sight of Meteor Crater in Arizona, in the course of a trip he made with RN from Chicago to Whittier via the old Route 66, had helped to inspire him to become a geologist.
This week, Ed spoke before the Republican Women’s Club of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and (as quoted in an article in the local paper, the Kitsap Sun, which made the AP wire) told more about how the trip had helped to determine his life’s work, explaining how, during the trip:

The elder Nixon gave Ed a map and said if they could find a stretch straight enough, he might let the younger Nixon drive.  “From that point on I became a mapmaker for life,” Ed Nixon said, referring to his own career in geology.