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it again that way today.
A lot's come out since then that I didn't know at that time.
Well, for one thing Fred came in and read me the letter that he was going to send
me as his resignation, over this issue. I hope I'm not confusing two different things, but I
think I've got it right. Anyway, he came in to, in a very--I shouldn't say amicable fashion,
but it was two adults talking about a tough situation--because he had threatened to pull
the roof in on himself. I thought it was foolish, and I was trying to persuade him to live
with the new regime.
I couldn't forever have everything reporting to me, and I had to delegate certain things.
Fred wouldn't accept that, and on the final day--I think we had come up to a Friday night
and hadn't been able to resolve the conflict--both of us agreed we'd think about it over the
weekend. We had an appointment, I believe, at ten o'clock on Monday morning, right after
my regular staff meeting.
Fred read me a letter that he was going to send me--a very strong protest about the
company's attitude toward the coverage, and while he was reading it to me and was sitting
across from my desk, Miss [Winnie] Williams buzzed me and said that Jack Gould, who
was then the chief broadcast critic for the Times--just died recently--very strong man--that
Jack Gould was outside and wanted to see me, because he had received a copy.
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