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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Joseph Laitin
RLIN number: NXCP89-A28
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: 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.
Extent: transcript: 896 leaves, Tape: 17 reels
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee. 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.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1982 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Laitin, Joseph, 1915-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1915
Speaker occupation: Press secretary
Age at speaking: 67
Document date: 1982
Interviewer: Jessup, Frederick Peterson
Organizations discussed: U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of the Treasury
Historical events discussed: Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1949
Locations discussed: Bavaria, Germany; Europe; Germany; North America; Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Bavaria, Germany; Europe; Germany; Journalism; North America; Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1949; Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany; Oral history; Presidents--United States--Press conferences; Press and politics; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of the Treasury; United States; United States--Politics and government--1963-1969
Topics discussed - Other terms: Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952; Laitin, Joseph, 1915-; Nuclear explosions; Politics, Practical; Public relations consultants; United States--Politics and government--1977-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0020793-16234