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Do you have a case in mind?
There were a few pieces-- I can't now precisely remember what they were; he was
more far-out in running various pieces than I probably would have been, if I had been --
When we say “far-out,” do you mean politically, culturally, what?
I mean both, really. I mean both. Yes, yes. Both politically and culturally.
Without getting specific --
Harrison was very imaginative. Let's see, how can I say it? I think he was more -- I
think -- It's hard for me to put my finger on it. I just think he was more -- maybe the word
radical -- and I mean radical in the broadest sense. I don't mean, necessarily, politically,
although I include that too. But I mean, in the broadest sense, he was more radical than I
would have been. Although I certainly was the controlling editor he knew he was Punch's
personal choice for the job -- not mine -- which gave him leeway that he took advantage of --
naturally. When I would complain to him about it, “Oh, sorry, he would never do that again”
sort of stuff. Harrison was simply more far-out than I think I would have been -- a kind of
loose cannon -- but I have always felt that he deserves great credit for the way the Op-Ed page
did develop. I think he was a very imaginative guy.
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