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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 1973, file photo President Richard Nixon, holds a souvenir football he received after the previous bowl game, and Washington Redskins coach George Allen appear in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate Redskins win over Dallas for the National Football Conference title. The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to keep an even more restrictive policy in place when it rebuffed an effort by Nixon to at least televise playoff games. Nixon gave his attorney general a message for NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle: "If you make the move, for these playoff games, we will block any, any, legislation to stop anything else. I will fight it personally and veto any, any, legislation," he said. (AP Photo/File)

Pat and Richard M. Nixon

Decades before he became known to some as "Tricky Dick," Nixon was the one penning nicknames (sweet ones) to his future bride in gushy love notes that reveal a surprisingly soft and romantic side of the man taken down by Watergate. (AP)