OREGON: The Great Misunderstanding

Newsmen in Portland, Ore., who wanted the word from the sheriff's office did not call on big, tousle-haired Sheriff Mike Elliott to get it. Not that the sheriff might not see them at the courthouse if he was in a benign mood—it was just that he usually did nothing but snort: "Why do you guys keep calling me a politician? I'm a statesman. A statesman is for the people!" His news releases, however, could be obtained by going to Brownie's U-Drive and asking for Richard ("Brownie") Brown.

Brownie was a pal of the sheriff. The papers, on the other hand,...

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