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WATERG_970806_05.JPG: Howard Johnson's Premier Hotel (Watergate). This hotel was used as the base camp for the "White House Plumbers" while they were breaking into the Watergate complex across the street. They posted scouts on the seventh floor here on June 17, 1972, to keep watch on the Democratic National Headquarters which the other Plumbers were rifling through. They spotted the suspicious security guard but were too late in warning their comrades; the guard quickly spotted the taped door and burst in upon the intruders.
WATERG_970806_08.JPG: Another view of the Watergate Complex. This is taken from the back of the Kennedy Center and shows the side of the Complex that faces the Potomac River.
Wikipedia Description: Watergate complex
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The Watergate complex is a group of five buildings next to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the United States. Covering a total of 10 acres (40,000 m2), the buildings include:
Watergate West (2700 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
Watergate Hotel and Office Building (2600 Virginia Avenue NW), offices and a hotel at 2650 Virginia Avenue NW
Watergate East (2500 Virginia Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
Watergate South (700 New Hampshire Avenue NW), cooperative apartments
Watergate Office Building (600 New Hampshire Avenue NW), offices
Built between 1963 and 1971, the Watergate is considered one of Washington's most desirable living spaces, popular with members of Congress and political appointees in the executive branch. The complex has been sold several times since the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was split up and its component buildings and parts of buildings were sold to various owners.
In 1972, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, then located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Hotel and Office Building, was burglarized, documents were photographed, and telephones were wiretapped. The investigation into the burglary revealed that high officials in the Nixon administration had ordered the break-in and then tried to cover up their involvement. Additional crimes were also uncovered. The ensuing Watergate Scandal, named for the complex, led to Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. The name "Watergate" and the suffix "-gate" have since become synonymous with political scandals in the United States and elsewhere.
The Watergate superblock is bounded on the north by Virginia Avenue, on the east by New Hampshire Avenue, on the south by F Street, and on the west by the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. It is in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood overlooking the Potomac River ...More...
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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