Notebook: Oct. 28, 1996

INSIDE THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Last Week the National Archives disgorged 28,000 documents from the Nixon era. Among them, TIME's Hugh Sidey found a Dec. 11, 1970, memo from Nixon suggesting a letter be written to Sidey and sent by "one of our people" posing as an admirer. Excerpts from the memo:

"Dear Mr. Sidey, My must reading includes every week your perceptive and brilliant columns ... However, I wonder if you really are portraying an accurate picture of this man? From your columns I would get the impression that he was introverted, humorless, rather plotting [sic] and not particularly exciting in...

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