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I remember, either at that time or in a subsequent discussion, Orvil saying to me that, as I
talked about the idea of an Op-Ed page - because that is indeed what I had raised and
came back to, in discussing this with Orvil -
Did you call it the Op-Ed page then?
To the best of my recollection, yes. But as I say, I have no documentation. To the
best of my recollection, yes.
That's the old New York World -
Exactly, because I was of course aware of the old New York World's famous Op-Ed
page, known by that name, and I believe that I used that name. But of course, my idea was
something totally different from the New York World's, which was light verse and (Franklin
P. Adams') columns and of course a marvelous page of world writers and critics. This
wasn't my idea at all. It was simply to have a page of commentary or at least two or three
articles every day, a forum, a kind of forum on a formal and more extensive scale and on a
more coherent basis than the Letters column would be.
Let me ask you this, John. Was there any feeling on your part this should be a kind of
safety valve to express views contrary to those of the editorial page, or no?
This certainly evolved in thinking and discussing it.
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