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the Howard Johnson people and with the NAACP representing the
blacks, and I was able to settle it. I really felt very proud
of that, and I got Howard Johnson's integrated before other
places were integrated. Now, that's not a very long time ago --
that's 1962, 13 years ago.
At that time you were president of the VID.
Exactly. I have always felt very supportive of civil
rights on the grounds that it's right. I mean people ought to
have an equal opportunity to apply without regard to race,
sex or religion, national origin, the usual items that we now
talk about; and that comes out of a consciousness of being Jewish
and having been subjected to oppression -- not personally. I
don't remember ever being personally subjected to anti-Semitism
in employment, in college, in social relationships. And I don't
happen to be an observing Jew, but I'm very conscious of my
Jewish heritage and upbringing and very proud. I can't tell you
how much I enjoy being a member of the Congress from the most
powerful district in the country with all the non-Jewish wealth
and power represented by David Rockefeller. I think to myself:
that's a great situation.
I don't know whether in the course of our discussions
I told you my David Rockefeller story.
I don't think you did.
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