Posted by Gary on February 12, 2003
In Reply to: Third-rate burglary posted by ESC on February 12, 2003
: ABC News online
: SAN DIEGO Feb. 11 -
: Ron Ziegler, the pugnacious press secretary who famously called the Watergate break-in a "third-rate burglary" and was the voice of the Nixon administration during the biggest political scandal in American history, has died of a heart attack. He was 63.
: Ziegler died Monday at his home in Coronado, a suburb of San Diego, his wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press.
: Ziegler spoke for the White House on such historic events as the opening of relations with China and the Vietnam War, but his name is most commonly associated with the Watergate scandal...
Apropos of nothing in particular; my house was burgled last night. The family was at home at the time and the bungling burglars didn't make a very good job of it. My partner and soon to be wife (aka plucky have-a-go heroine) wrestled with one of them and got her handbag back off him. As it happened the police collared them outside when they tried to run off, having been following them round all evening as they tried to break in to various places. Not third rate exactly but, as Basil Faulty said, 'not the absolute apex'.