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columns a week and two editorials a week and three editorials, and three columns. I could go to the Amsterdam and to El Diario and they say to me, “Write an editorial.” And I'm writing every week an editorial for these papers and having somebody translate them. I'm trying to figure out different ways of saying the same thing every time, and we're reproducing this, the people should see it.

Finally, I have enough courage, I go back to Clark and I said “You know, that was a wonderful editorial, but it hasn't changed anything.” And that begins a series of editorials in the Times to a point where the hospitals go to The New York Times, to the publisher, because the publisher is a friend of Alfred Rose, the president of Sinai -- they walk to work every day -- to complain, and when the meeting is over, Clark is present at the meeting, he calls me up and says, “I have questions that I need answers to.”

I said, “I'll get you the answers immediately.”

First, Montefiore, let's get rid of that, because by Montefiore, the Times and the Post and the El Diario and the Amsterdam are piling it on Montefiore. Together with the fact that we've already begun to reach Van Arsdale and he's become involved and is talking to the mayor, and we have the advantage that Martin Cherkasky, and he's got this fantastic dilemma.


Who was he?


He's the director of Montefiore, and he's a director with power. He's considered the outstanding director in the hospital field, and he helped organize interns and residents when he was in Philadelphia as a student. We know that he's a liberal. We're talking to him, and I'm talking to his PR man, Victor Weingarten, and one day I say to myself, “Victor Weingarten. I know that name.” He worked with Izzy Stone on In Fact, with George Seldes on In Fact before Izzy Stone. I call him up and I say, “Aren't you --”

He says, “Yes.”

I said, “I've got to meet with you.” And Davis and I go to meet with him, and he admits that he's in a dilemma, too, and he is telling us about the problems that Martin has, because he's very close to Cherkasky. So there becomes a relationship there of people are trying to see, but their board is split. Who's on the board? One of the people on the board is George Kirstein, Bloomingdale's, owner of the Nation, liberal, he'll be with us. Boy, this is getting closer. The board is divided, and we're reaching a point where we think they might have to

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