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Reminiscences of Joseph Laitin : oral history, 1982.

Creator: Laitin, Joseph, 1915-
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 896 leaves. Tape: 17 reels.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Press secretary.

Scope and Contents

Childhood in Brooklyn: family, high school; introduction to journalism, 1935; Reuters war correspondent; experiences in Japan during occupation; coverage of Bikini Island atomic testing, Nuremberg Trials; Averell Harriman Democratic presidential nomination bid, 1952; public relations for Henry F. Schricker United States Senate campaign, Indiana, 1952; experiences as a freelance writer in Hollywood, 1953-1963; impressions of Lyndon B. Johnson; work in government during Johnson administration: Bureau of the Budget, assistant to press secretaries George Reedy and Bill Moyers; work as "advance man" preparing for president Johnson's diplomatic missions--Samoa, Vietnam, Italy; government information leaks to the press; impressions of James R. Schlesinger and public relations advice aiding his political development; Assistant Secretary for Public Relations, Defense Dept., 1975; Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Treasury Dept., Carter Administration; ethics, pragmatism, and the qualities of a good public relations person.


Access Conditions

Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1989. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

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