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realize how close Seoul, this huge, huge city, was to that dividing line, really only a few miles away, up in the mountains, between South and North Korea. It was very illuminating. I wrote all about that, too, for the Op-Ed page.

Anyway, I was a great believer in traveling and getting first-hand information. Not only myself but my editorial staff. I encouraged them whenever possible, and continued, always with my wife, my own travels during the time I was writing Op-Ed pieces, i.e. from early 1977 until 1990-1.

Q:

Moving back a little toward the Reagan-Bush era --

Oakes:

Yes, we've gotten a little --

Q:

Yes. I'm glad we got to talk about that. But in the Bush era, I was struck particularly by one of your pieces on his presence at the Rio earth summit. I suppose that was 1991? The earth summit there.

Oakes:

The Rio summit?

Q:

I think it was 1991. I'm not sure. Or 1992.

Oakes:

Or '92. Let's see. Bush was elected in '88, wasn't he? Had to be.

Q:

The summit was maybe in the spring of '92. I think you're right.



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