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Very nice. He was a conservative I could respect -- not one of these neocon extremist religious nuts. I remember as a kid just being amazed by his manner of speaking and wondered if he purposely maladjusted his tie before he went on the air. I'm just glad none of his rightwingedness rubbed off, though. But I've got a conscience, which I think saved me.
When I worked in radio broadcasting in Seattle before coming to Alaska, at KRAB-FM, I got to introduce him when we interviewed him. It was early 1972.He was in Seattle to debate the great humanist and Freud biographer, Dr. Giovanni Costigan. The subject of their debate, to be held at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion at UW, was "Should the U.S. recognize Communist China?" Guess which side Bill took?Anyway, when he was at the station for the interview, we talked about Bach's great left-hand writing before cranking up for on-the-air. He smoked a couple of cigarettes with me.When I did the on-the-air intro - another guy interviewed him, I introduced him as "America's Master Debater." He cracked a strained smile my way.After the interview, we smoked another cig out in the crisp Seattle air, and he left.
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