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September 14, 1990 - Image 111

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-14

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erhaps more than
anyone else,
Richard Nixon con-
sistently pops up in M.
Hirsh Goldberg's The
Book ofLies.
For many Americans,
Goldberg says, Nixon spr-
ings to mind as the
quintessential liar of our
times.
"I did a lot of research
on him for this book,"
Goldberg says. "In many
ways, the guy was
brilliant. But his lying
hampered him, especially
with Watergate. If he had
come clean, he might
have been forgiven and
accepted. [President John
F.] Kennedy did it with
the Bay of Pigs. But Nix-
on couldn't do it. It ap-
pears he's a bit of a
pathological liar."
Despite recent revela-
tions about Kennedy's
womanizing and other
improprieties, Goldberg
says he found the late
president to be a different
kind of liar than Nixon.
"He fudged the truth,"
he says. "But Kennedy
was honorable when it
really counted in terms of
political leadership."
Goldberg commented on
the honesty of other polit-
ical leaders of contem-
porary times.
• Jimmy Carter — "A
very honest person. He
just wasn't accomplished
enough in other key areas
of the presidency."
• Winston Churchill —
"Appeared to be honest.
[Dishonesty is] what in-
furiated him about
Hitler."
• Adolph Hitler — "A
very open liar. He praises
lying in Mein Kampf.
Hitler denigrated honesty
and thought it was a
weakness. In the end, he
was defeated by deceit."
• Ronald Reagan —
"His background as an
actor leads you to wonder
how he reasonably can
separate truth from fic-
tion."
Goldberg also cited
several cases of modest
deception:
• Despite its Scandina-
vian sounding name and
maps on its packages
showing Norway and
Denmark, Haagen-Dazs
ice cream is actually
manufactured in
Teaneck, N.J. Frusen
Gladje is headquartered
in Philadelphia.

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• The Harlem
Globetrotters actually
originated in Chicago.
And despite their name,
the team did not travel
outside the United States
until 20 years after their
founding.
• Despite Ricardo Mon-
talban's claims in com-
mercials for the Chrysler
Cordoba, there is no such
thing as Corinthian
leather.
• Johnny Weissmuller,
the famous "Tarzan"
actor who won five gold
medals representing the
United States in the 1924
and 1928 Olympics, doc-
tored his birth certificate
and lied about his Ameri-
can birthright to par-
ticipate in the games.
Weissmuller was actually
born in Romania.
• Christopher Colum-
bus kept two sets of books
recording daily traveling
distance to deceive his
crew members who
threatened mutiny be-
cause they feared the
ships would fall off the
end of the earth.
• Billy Tipton, a well-
known jazz musician who
had a wife and three
adopted sons, was actu-
ally a woman. This was
not discovered until after
his death two years ago at
the age of 74.
• Gangster Al Capone's
business card described
him as a "secondhand
furniture dealer."
• Winston Churchill,
because of a previous
commitment, asked an
impersonator to deliver
his famous "We shall
never surrender" radio
address in 1940.
• While working on the
movie set of The Ten
Commandments, director
Cecil B. deMille announc-
ed to his large cast of
extras that one of the
actors died. Although no
one really died, deMille
filmed the reaction of the
extras and used it in the
movie for the scene in
which the Israelites
receive the command-
ments from Moses.
• Baseball great Babe
Ruth's daughter,
Dorothy, didn't discover
until 1980 that her
natural mother was not
the slugger's first wife,
Helen. Rumors about the
identity of Dorothy Ruth's
real mother dated back to
the early 1920s.


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