G Gordon Liddy, our “favourite of all the Watergate judges” (TM a pished Joan Rivers) has died aged 90. A former FBI agent turned public prosecutor involved in a long feud with Timothy Leary, Liddy joined Nixon’s team in 1971. He became the go to guy for the black arts of politics, and so in 1972, he orchestrated the break in at the Watergate Hotel. This went as well as you remember from history class (or the TV news at the time, older players!). Nixon was sunk as President and G Gordon Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison. This was later commuted by Jimmy Carter. In the 1980s, Liddy sold books about his actions in Watergate, went on lecture tours about it, and became a regular TV and radio host by doubling down on all of his actions. He even once came up with multiple plans to murder a journalist – Jack Anderson – after taking a Nixon quip about getting rid of the guy literally. In a long career of never apologising for being wrong and failing upwards with abandon, Gordon Liddy was a trailblazer for dozens of Presidential appointments over the next 50 years. He also appeared alongside Ozzy Osbourne and Smokin’ Joe Frazier as one of the celebrity guests at WrestleMania II. Nobody knows why.
Liddy was a unique pick for The Survivors.
G Gordon Liddy
30 November 1930 – 30 March 2021