G. Gordon Liddy dies at 90

National Lampoon parody of G. Gordon Liddy, Agent of C.R.E.E.P., as drawn by Dick Ayres

G. Gordon Liddy, one of the most colorful figures in the Watergate scandal that brought down U.S. President Richard Nixon, has died at 90, The New York Times reported.

Liddy “concocted the bungled burglary” that led to the scandal. Liddy worked for the Committee to Re-Elect the President.

Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein abbreviated that to CRP. But it was popularly abbreviated as C.R.E.E.P. The National Lampoon eventually published a comic book parody of G. Gordon Liddy, Agent of C.R.E.E.P. Artist Dick Ayres did a cover that emulated a 1968 cover of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko

An excerpt from the obit by the Times:

As a leader of a White House “plumbers” unit set up to plug information leaks, and then as a strategist for the president’s re-election campaign, Mr. Liddy helped devise plots to discredit Nixon “enemies” and to disrupt the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Most were far-fetched — bizarre kidnappings, acts of sabotage, traps using prostitutes, even an assassination — and were never carried out.

Liddy was among the many Watergate figures who did prison time. He was sentenced to six to 20 years but only served 52 months.

Liddy defied the saying that crime does not pay.

The one-time felon wrote an autobiography published in 1980. It was turned into a 1982 made-for-TV movie starring Robert Conrad as Liddy. Liddy went on to host a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Naturally, Conrad was a guest on one installment. Anyone who listened could tell Liddy loved that Conrad had played him.

Liddy also wrote spy novels along the way, such as Out of Control. And he picked up about 20 acting credits, according to his IMDB.COM ENTRY.

2 Responses

  1. This is a great find. I used to enjoy the special National Lampoon comics appeared in the magazine. This is one that I never saw.

  2. I first heard of G. Gordon Liddy back when I was in high school, and first became really interested in politics. I read his autobiography, Will, and it was riveting. I had the opportunity to meet him when I attended a lecture that he gave at American University in Washington, DC, when I was a freshman at the nearby Catholic University of America. He spoke for two hours straight, and then took an hour of questions. It was clear that there were just as many in the audience who supported him as opposed him. but he electrified the crowd, and we were hanging on his every word. When I spoke with him later, he kindly signed an autograph for both myself and a buddy of mine who was a fan, and was in the Marines, and he proudly stated that he was the father of two Marines in his signature for Joe. He posed for a photo and he was very gracious. I used to listen to his radio program, and was thrilled with his frequent use of James Bond music in his introductions and bumper music, and even when he read the paid advertising spots. There is nothing quite like hearing the instrumental version of Thunderball being played alongside a commercial for Earl Scheib! R.I.P.

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