The Press: Fidelity to Fidel

"There is no thrill in journalism like getting a scoop, and this was the biggest scoop of our times. Professionally speaking, no one can ever take that away from me."

For Veteran New York Timesman Herbert Lionel Matthews, 61, the big thrill came one February night four years ago in Cuba's Oriente province. Led there by intermediaries. Matthews sat for three 'hours with a bearded and gabby young guerrilla leader named Fidel Castro, puffing Havana cigars and discussing, in whispers, Castro's plans to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. The rendezvous with Castro...

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