06 May 2009

Fabulous Eyewear of Watergate | Counsel with Pipe, 1973

Chief Counsel to the Select Comm. Samuel Dash (pictured on the left with brown fade to clear opthalmic frames) & Dep. Chief Counsel Rufus Edmisten (pictured on the right with pipe in hand) consulting with and unidentified man during Watergate hearings.

Mr. Dash became famous for his televised interrogations during the Congressional hearings on Watergate. Shortly before his death, he published The Intruders: Unreasonable Searches and Seizures from King John to John Ashcroft, which discusses the risks to freedom in modern society, particularly in the wake of the Patriot Act. Professor Dash died in Washington, D.C. of congestive heart failure, aged 79, on the same day as Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor for the Watergate scandal.

Rufus Edmisten (pictured center in the above photograph) was given the honor of serving the subpoena to the White House for the Watergate tapes. Here he is seen sharing a light moment with a couple of jovial senators during the hearings. While Mr. Edmisten is not a prescribed eyeglass connoisseur, HDV does appreciate his confident demeanor when confronted with a peer wearing a nearly identical seersucker blazer. Edmisten now has a governmental law practice in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Linda and his dog Nellie.