The Nation: People Helping Each Other

Sipping a soft drink as he leaned back in his chair, a shirtsleeved Nelson Rockefeller seemed calm enough last week. But his mood, as he talked to TIME New York Bureau Chief Marsh Clark, was pugnacious, his tone emphatic. When Clark asked, "Are you unhappy?" Rockefeller retorted: "I'm not unhappy. I'm only trying to keep you from being unhappy." Highlights of the interview in Manhattan:

Why did you make the gifts?

Everybody helps his friends. It's a great American tradition—all the way back to pioneer days—sharing work, helping to build a house. I've always shared. I've always been very fortunate because I've had...

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