Preview: The Pardon Tour

Sunnylands was an incinerator on September 8, 1974. The Pardon Tour walks you through the meltdown.

Sept 8, 1974 – Washington D.C.

Shortly after 11 a.m. E.S.T., the 38th President of the United States pardons the 37th President.

Sept 8, 1974 – Rancho Mirage CA

Shortly after 8 a.m. P.S.T., the 37th President, convalescing indoors at the estate of friend (and billionaire) Walter Annenberg, tries unsuccessfully to remain calm. Intense desert temps and acute phlebitis prevent him from taking out his frustrations on the private golf course. Although the A.C. separates No. 37 from heat prostration or even death, it does not improve his frame of mind. Unpleasant reminders crowd his field of vision.

“When you’re down you find out who your real friends are.”

inside the pink wall of sunnylands
Birds of Welcome (Art Price)
Eisenhower Palms
Mid-Century Modern residence (A. Quincy Jones)
Nixon golf clubs and bag (Wilson)
Nixon Magnolia
Peacock (Harry Bertoia)
Swimming pool

inside the head of no. 37
Viet Cong
Sikorsky VH 3A Sea King

golf course
1. The Good Start, par 4
2. The Soft Touch, par 4
3. The Equalizer, par 5
4. Sitting Pretty, par 3
5. The Totem Pole, par 5
6. The Bad Baby, par 3
7. The Double Dogleg, par 5
8. Mountain View, par 4
9. Halfway, par 4
10. Elegantissima, par 4
11. Threading the Needle, par 4
12. The Chute, par 4
13. The Challenger, par 3
14. The Water’s Edge, par 4
15. Indulgence, par 4
16. The Monster, par 5
17. The Curve, par 4
18. Journey’s End, par 4
19. Annenberg Residence

tv schedule
8:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Ch. 2 Dusty’s Treehouse
Ch. 4 This is the Life
Ch. 5 Rex Humbard
Ch. 6 Around the World
Ch. 8 Lamp Unto My Feet
Ch. 9 Johnny Barton Show
Ch. 10/26 Old Time Gospel Hour
Ch. 13 Wanderlust

After the Tour, you may have time for the Home Movie Series in the Sunnylands Center & Gardens. See the Annenbergs and their guests in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.