Friday, April 15, 1988.  I was 34 years old.  I had started working at the Strauss firm in early March, about six weeks earlier.  I had been assigned to a major document production task for litigation involving the client, Eastern Airlines. The firm held a Happy Hour at The Front Page, a restaurant located on the ground floor of the firm’s office. The restaurant’s walls were adorned with framed newspaper front pages of notable events.  I chatted with paralegal coordinator, J.D. Neary.  The two of us had a pleasant encounter.

In the evening I watched the beginning of the first act of a PBS-TV broadcast of the John Adams opera, Nixon in China: At Peking Airport, contingents of the Chinese military await the arrival of the American presidential aircraft “Spirit of ’76,” carrying Nixon and his party.  After the aircraft touches down, Nixon emerges with Pat Nixon and Henry Kissinger. The president exchanges stilted greetings with the Chinese premier, Chou En-lai, who heads the welcoming party. Nixon speaks of the historical significance of the visit, and of his hopes and fears for the encounter (“News has a kind of mystery”).