From the Frank Gannon
Richard Nixon sat for thirty hours of videotaped inter-
views with his friend and former employee Frank Gan-
non. In this excerpt, Nixon describes his exclusion
from Whittier College's single social club, the Frank-
lins, and how he and his fellow outcasts subsequently
chartered their own, the Orthogonians.
FRANK GANNON: What were the “four b's”?
NIXON: Well, the four b's—that had to do with a little society which I suppose some would call a fraternity. Whittier College did not have fraternities. They didn't believe in elitism at all, but they did have societies, because people do get together. And when I went to Whittier in my freshman year, the men's society on campus was called the Franklin Society. And those were the sort of—frankly, the better-off students, the ones that had a little more than the rest, and so forth and so on. And an indication of how well off they were was that for the student yearbook they had their pictures taken in tuxedoes.
Dean Triggs, who was a sophomore when I was a freshman, had spent his first year at Colorado