Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We noted yesterday that it was George H.W. Bush's 90th birthday. And if you're thinking the president celebrated with an early bird dinner at the local diner, try parachuting out of a helicopter from 6,000 feet. The former president marked his 75th, 80th and 85th birthday with skydives. This time the Boston Globe reports, Bush landed with an unpresidential face-plant on a lawn. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Many people know All the President's Men as a film: a hit movie about the two young reporters who cracked the Watergate conspiracy. It's the only blockbuster that centers on two guys making phone calls, organizing paper notes and meeting a source called Deep Throat in a parking garage.
But before the movie, there was a book, which came out 40 years ago this month. In it, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein tell the story of how they uncovered the scandal.
It all started in the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington.
On June 18, 1964, black and white protesters jumped into the whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla. In an attempt to force them out, the owner of the hotel poured acid into the pool.
Martin Luther King Jr. had planned the sit-in during the St. Augustine Movement, a part of the larger civil rights movement. The protest — and the owner's acidic response — is largely forgotten today, but it played a role in the passing of the Civil Rights Act, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.