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Oakes:

Yes.

Q:

That's interesting.

Oakes:

-- who was very much on my side in this matter and occasionally sent me a nice compliment, etc., entirely extra-curricular. But I rarely, if ever, got any kind of note like that -- maybe, but I don't remember it -- from Punch, as the publisher of the Times. But I did get an awful lot of approving mail and also, of course, an awful lot of disapproving mail, from people.

Q:

How much mail would you get over an article like that?

Oakes:

Gee, it's impossible for me to say at this time --

Q:

Hundreds of letters?

Oakes:

-- no, but I certainly would get quite a lot of letters. But, at this distance, I wouldn't try to estimate in numbers. I really wouldn't. It would be a wild guess, and it seems to me, at this distance, that I probably got more vitriolic, anti- letters from outraged readers than I got warmly enthusiastic, praising letters from readers who strongly supported my view. But you know, of course, one particularly remembers the vitriolic anti- letters, but I can't truthfully tell you I got more of one than the other. But I got plenty of mail on these pieces.

I guess I probably, among the newspapers of general circulation, like the Times and the non-specialized publications, I think maybe I was one of the more outspoken and two-fisted





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