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I'll finish. After dinner that night in Springfield,
Adlai took me into his office and said, “I'm going crazy with
the offers that I'm receiving. Every publisher in America,
every magazine in the world wants me to do pieces.” He also
was offered all kinds of jobs from big industrial concerns...
you know, those phony presidencies that they give to retired
generals and defeated political celebrities. He said, “Just
let me show you the letters that I've gotten. I haven't even
started to answer them yet.” The personal letters were being
answered by his secretaries. He got thousands of letters
from heartbroken people after he lost.
I remember that I myself cried when he lost. That's
how concerned I was about this election. When you think of
what's going on this year and how lack-luster the candidates
are...except Governor Rockefeller... If he's nominated, I'm
going to work for him. If not, I'm going to take a very
distant view of this coming election. It's six of one and
half a dozen of the other. You have to work against Nixon.
You were in Stevenson's office...
He said that he'd show me the letters, not the personal
letters but all of the offers that he had received. Neatly
piled up on his desk, there must have been three hundred
letters from everybody under the sun, wanting him to do some-
thing...offering him all kinds of money. Adlai murmured, “I
guess I had better throw these away. It's conceited just to
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