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What kind do you read?
Well, mostly I'm enamored with books about the press. I just
finished Max Frankel's book on the New York Times. I've read several
books on that. One of the problems is that some of these books are in
hard cover and very heavy, very hard for me to hold them up. So I
wait until they get into soft cover. I'm a great follower of E.L.
Doctorow, whom I know very well, and Studs Terkel, whom I know
very well, and other writers.
My nephew Eric is a very big supporter. My brother Henry is very
close. He's the only other brother left, and he works with me on many
projects and is available at times. He's brilliant, he writes extremely
well, and he's available when I want help. He's working on this project,
on the labor history site, the artifacts of labor.
The website, yes.
And did you have a role in the genesis of that?
I was involved when the idea was broached. They came here to
ask me what I think, and I just expanded on what they had in mind,
and they agreed to it. So in many ways my knowledge, my
background, is still put to use, and I have physical problems, but I
Let's go back to that memorial meeting for Davis, and then that
would be a good place to jump across and talk about Dennis Rivera
and your relationship with him. But just to finish off with that
memorial meetings about Davis, you told us who spoke, and you
spoke about who was there. Could you summarize the tone of what
people said about Davis's career, what he meant for working people in
New York and the labor movement in New York? Do you remember
anything? Could you discuss that?
Well, for the most part, they spoke about the union. For
example, Martin Cherkasky spoke directly about Davis and his
experience and relationship with him and his great admiration and
respect for a guy like Davis. Ossie spoke of Davis on the basis of
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