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He doesn't actually write?
Oh, sure, he does. As a matter of fact, if you want to get into that area, there are a
number of people who contribute editorials to us. I ask them to do it, or they will suggest
the people who are experts in certain fields, and Hechinger happens to be the outstanding
one in this area. He does not belong to me in the sense that he is not on the editorial board.
He very frequently contributes editorials, and we discuss them, and I edit them just exactly
the way I edit the editorials that come in from members of my staff. It's exactly the same
relationship, except that he is education editor of the Times and not a member of the
editorial board. Incidentally, I would pay him, per editorial, which, of course, I don't do for
members of my own staff.
There are three or four other people who contribute this way, but none as frequently as
Hechinger does, because, of course, the education-I happen to be terribly interested in
education, and it's important to the page, and so I naturally have a lot of material from
On architectural and subjects dealing with city planning, anther area that I'm interested
in, I have been getting occasional contributions from our architectural critic, who is a very
good writer, and whose contributions I like, and his (Hechinger's) relationship is the same
as is Ada Louise Huxtable's.
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