It was early in 1968 when I met WILLIE MORRIS in New York. Morris was the editor of Harper's and had been a Rhodes scholar. I wrote to him shortly after I got my Rhodes, and to my surprise, he agreed to see me. He was wonderfully wry and funny--the classic Southerner. He wrote a great book about his dog. He wrote a fascinating book about the role of football in the South and the racial barriers, The Courting of Marcus Dupree. You know, most Southerners thought they'd be looked down upon if they went up to the Northeast. The cultural...

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