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Q:

These people that you were mentioning, that you went outside to get, did the fact that they had editorial-writing experience have any influence on it?

Oakes:

Actually, they didn't have any editorial-writing experience. They had writing experience and they were in the general field of publications. In both these cases that I've just referred to, one had had newspaper experience, although he wasn't, at the time, doing newspaper work. The other one, I don't think had actual newspaper experience, but had been in the field for quite a while.

One other man has come from within the Times of the new people I've gotten. A few others have come from within the Times under varying circumstances. So, you see, now that I go over these things in my mind, there has been quite a considerable accretion-that's five new members on the editorial board.

Q:

Do you ever have any strong disagreements with the board, such things like --?

Oakes:

Actually, we don't do this by committee at all. I want to make that very clear. None of these decisions, from the decisions on whom to support for president, down to the decision on whether or not we're in favor of a development in Central Park, is not done by committee, ever. The decisions, from the most important to the least important, are made, really essentially, in the way I indicated about the most important. I mean essentially in the sense that they're made between me, or if I'm away, the acting editor, and the man who is actually writing the piece. Occasionally, depending on the importance of the



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