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I enjoyed that, because it
gave me a chance to review the literature and make my own assessment of how much a
particular article was worth, you know. I don't think I was thoroughly objective. I don't
think I've ever been thoroughly objective about anything. I've always brought my biases
and my values to my appraisal of things in my field. But I say it,
unlike some of my colleagues, who seek to mask their bases under the guise of
When did you again have contact with Gunnar Myrdal?
After this thing was over? Gee. Off and on, at times -- here in the States, when he'd be
Incidentally, how long did you continue working for him on the DILEMMA project?
A year and a half, two years, something like that. I was being paid long after my work
was done, though, for some peculiar reason. It was a foundation grant, I guess. And I'd be
around, to do odd bibliographical research things. It was by no means a chore job. It was
not anything that, you know-- or a time clock thing. I mean, you worked as if you were in
school. And a lot of my work was done in libraries. I guess it was about two years, with
about eight or nine months of intensive work, and the other, wrapping up.
But your question about my contacts with him, after. Well, you know, I had contacts with
him through Ralph Bunche, who worked with him, and I had rather frequent contacts with
Bunche. And when you work on a project of that sort, if you stay on it, you become
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