Bill Clinton wanted to be a musician. Elvis wanted to be a narc. Hitler wanted to be a painter. And Richard Nixon wanted to be Minute Maid. A very short trip down the boulevard of broken boyhood dreams …
In 1940, one of Nixon’s clients convinced the young Orange County California lawyer that frozen juice was his ticket to fame and fortune. The start-up, called Citra-Frost
(aka Citri-Frost) lasted only 18 months.
A partner at the law firm that employed him would later recall Nixon’s fevered attempts to get
it right long after everyone else knew there was no hope. Nixon “would work like
a dog. He was out there cutting oranges and squeezing oranges day and night
after his day job as a lawyer,” Bewley said. “And he just couldn’t realize that
they wouldn’t make a success of that. He tried metal, glass, paper and
cellophane containers. The trouble was he focused on freezing the juice rather than the concentrate.”
Nixon finally gave up when a boxcar full of juice packed in plastic bags exploded. Citra-Frost went bankrupt and its President entered politics.
Bill Clinton plays Heartbreak Hotel on the sax, Arsenio Hall 1992
Nixon plays his own classical composition on The Jack Parr Show