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One highlight of the Shafer collection is the opportunity to see him in photographs with world leaders, political figures, athletes, and other celebrities.

Shafer and Dwight David Eisenhower (U.S. President 1953-1961)

Ray and Jane Shafer with Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson. The text reads:

To Governor and Mrs. Ramond Shafer -- it was a pleasure having you with us -- Lady Bird Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson February 29, 1968
Ray and Jane Shafer had an audience with Pope Paul VI on June 11, 1966, stopping in the Vatican City while on a tour to promote Pennsylvania port facilities.

September 28, 1969, was declared Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Day in Pennsylvania at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. Shafer is seated with the Cardinal (now Pope John Paul II (1978 - present) and John Cardinal Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Shafer appears in this 1965 group of Philadelphia Lions with Yale classmate Gerald Ford (far left).
At this time, Ford was Republican Representative to Congress from Michigan (1949-1973) before serving as Vice-President (1973-74) and then President of the United States (1974- 1977).
Inscribed: To Governor Ray Shafer ...from his devoted friend Richard M. Nixon
Shafer with NY Jets quarterback Joe Namath. Photo by Ed Bailey.

Playing the piano on the Mike Douglas show.

Shafer had a national reputation as a Penn State fan, especially when he made a cameo appearance on the CBS sit-com The Governor & J.J to collect a winning bet from the show's star. He poses here with legendary football coach Joe Paterno, whose teams finished undefeated, but uncrowned as national champions, in 1968 and 1969.
On September 26, 1968, Arnold Palmer set the Latrobe County Clubhouse course record with a 62. In the foursome were Shafer, Ohio Governor James P. Rhodes, and Donald M. Hilliker. An avid golfer, Shafer played in the Bob Hope Desert Classic in 1970.

Photo Credit: News Bureau, Clearwater, Florida C of C.

  • In Nixon and Sports, Nicholas Evan Sarantakes explores Richard Nixon's interaction with the world of athletic competition during his time in the White House. In the Sarantakes Chronology, see the events beginning on December 5, 1969, for Shafer's intervention with the White House on behalf of Penn State.
  • The T.V. series Governor & J.J. aired in 1969-1970.

Ray Shafer, Republican back | Apollo Astronauts

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