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handing over Op-Ed to the news department. I didn't think it was ever the proper function for the news department anyway.”

This was just - and I closed this letter by just saying, “I just thought that it would be worth clarifying some of these thoughts for you. Cordially yours.”

Q:

John, would it be possible to have a Xerox made of that right now, so we can check the validity of the transcript against the document itself? Because there's no print -

Oakes:

Yes, well, this was in answer to a letter from Argyris of November 6, which I don't seem to have here, but in any case - no, I see no objection to that.

This has to do with the origins of the Op-Ed page.

Q:

Right.

Oakes:

Here, I have no documentary proof, but to the best of my recollection, the Op-Ed page germinated in my mind as the result of a conversation that I had, believe it or not, with Eddie [Edward W.] Barrett, who later became director of the School of Journalism. Now, I may have said this to you in one of our previous conversations. Is that right?

Q:

No. This is the first I've heard of it.

Oakes:

All right, then I'll go on. I have no documentation here.



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