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in to lunch, the Republican nominee, some time later, after I'd gone off to Japan and very
shortly before Election Day. And apparently Goodell at lunch somehow, he must have been
very charming or something, because after lunch the publisher decided, and here I will say
I think he had the support of two or three of his close advisors including, I'm afraid, my own
assistant editor who was acting editor of the page at the time (who wasn't very keen about
Ottinger) who, I think, rather supported Punch's view that we should decide to come out for
This was Raskin?
Raskin, that's right. And Raskin confessed to me later that he certainly didn't
oppose the idea, because he didn't think too much of Ottinger either.
But the significant thing is that we did come out for Goodell, and, having a total change
from the agreement I'd made. I was wild when I heard about it. They apparently had tried
to get in touch with me. They did try to reach me by telephone in Korea, to tell me about
That day, as it so happened, I was up on the front at Panmunjom and it was absolutely
impossible to reach me, and by the time I got back, in Korea, or perhaps not even until I got
back to Japan, did I learn what had happened, and I sent a wild quite angry telegram
message back. But of course by that time the damage had been done.
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