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That's how things were going. There was some dissension, and the
Unity and Progress was organizing. But those in the know knew that
something was wrong, but it was not very very widespread. Then, the
first thing that broke was David White. There's an interesting story on
David White and how it broke. Leon Fink, who is writing the history of
1199 -- if he should ever finish it.
It's close now, isn't it?
It's close, yes! But now he has to change the ending. He's been
interviewed by Alex Reed for the Sunday piece. He's now the. You
know, he's the expert! Okay.
I'm the second expert.
You're the second expert [laughter]. You're a secondary source.
He had interviewed David White, as part of the history, years ago. On,
you know, the people who were involved in the union, blacks. He had
a whole picture of David White and his background, and the part, and
black nationalism, and his family. He was familiar with David White. He
was away on a Fulbright in Germany, and when he came back -- he
wrote to me from Germany, he wanted to know what was happening. I
would send him a brief description of what was happening and send
him copies of the publications, etcetera. He said he's coming back in
October, and when he comes back he wants to come to the union and
update, and meet with me. I said, “Fine, okay.” So he came. He came,
and we sat down here, and we updated what was happening, etcetera,
etcetera. Okay, he's going to go back, and when is it going to be
finished? Well, Brian Greenberg has problems and all that kind of stuff.
Okay. Then he goes, and says, “Okay, I'll be in touch with you.” “So
long, when are you going?” “I'm leaving today,” etcetera.
Leon, I see, is walking, pacing, outside my office. I go out and I say,
“Hey Leon, I thought you had left already? What's happening?” He
says, “Moe, can I see you privately?” I said, “Sure.” He said, “Can we
close the door?” I said, “Sure, come on in.” He said, “Has anybody
spoken to David White?” I said, “No, why?” He says, “I can't say more
than just that somebody should talk to David White. It's very
important for you.” I said, “Look, I can't talk to David White. My
relations aren't good.” I said, “Who?” He said, “Well, maybe Vivian or
Eddie Kay,” because he's heard them referred to. I said, “Vivian, he
hates her.” He says, “Eddie Kay.” “Alright.” So I call Eddie Kay and I
say, “Eddie, I think you ought to try to” --
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