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Conspiracy JCuze 1

CONSPIFACY
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As Ic followcd Morgan down iIc long fcaiurclcss Iallway, Wilson
couldn'i Iclp lui wondcr wIy Ic was cIasing Morgan insicad of iIc
oiIcr way around. Morgan Iad jusi arrivcd in D.C. iIai norning;
Wilson Iad lccn coopcd up in iIai sccond-raic WasIingion Ioicl for
iIc pasi iIrcc wccls. Dui no, Morgan nusi lcad.
Wilson Iad fcli inpoicni fron iIc siari, followcr, noi lcadcr, Iis
connon scnsc lougIi off ly a pronisc of a oncc-in-a lifciinc
opporiuniiy. Hc'd followcd sIccpisIly aficr Morgan's viniagc car in Iis
own laiicrcd Yugo inio and iIrougI a scldon-visiicd pari of iown. Hc'd
parlcd nc×i io Iin anid sIards of concrcic in a alnosi cnpiy loi, iIcn
followcd passivcly sicp aficr sicp (sligIily oui of lrcaiI, lui unwilling io
adnii iii up iIrcc fligIis of siairs in a sccningly-alandoncd luilding.
Ensconccd wiiI a dozcn oiIcrs on iIc luilding's iop floor, Ic'd lisicncd
io Morgan's proposiiion, and found ii alsurd, Iis own rolc in iIc plan
inpossillc of fulfillncni. WIy nc, Ic'd aslcd Iinsclf iIcn. PcrIaps Ic
ougIi io Iavc aslcd Iinsclf iIis iwo or cvcn iIrcc iincs lcforc Ic
nadc a conniincni.













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TIc group forncd a iallcau of iIc si×iics lrougIi forward in iinc.
Morgan, iIcir flanloyani nid-iwcniics lcadcr, wiiI Iis long Iair and
long, iIin nusiacIc, could casily Iavc doullcd for Iis nancsalc,
Morgan iIc Piraic. Tall, a lii ovcr si× fcci, and Iandsonc, lui for a fcw
rcsidual acnc-scars, Morgan worc Iis long Iair down io and sprcad oui
along Iis sIouldcrs lilc a propcr si×iccniI-ccniury gcnilcnan. TIc
Iair nadc a poliiical siaicncni jusi as ii Iad loiI foriy and four
Iundrcd ycars lcforc.
Dclra Cray, only a fcw ycars youngcr iIan Morgan, ncaily aiiircd in
a propcr wIiic llousc and gray sliri, wcni lralcss and worc granny
glasscs sIc'd purcIascd ai a iIrifi sIop. WiiI Iis MoIawl, nosc ring,
and singlc carring, Oscar LaIud (Lanud?i would lc lciicr idcniificd as
slinIcad '90's, or naylc '80's punl. Siill, a si×iics lovc cIild would
surcly Iavc c×claincd, "Hc's jusi doing Iis own iIing, nan."
TIc najoriiy of iIc oiIcr faccs ai iIc ncciing wcrc also faniliar io
Wilson, ciiIcr fron Iis siini as advisor io iIc collcgc ncwspapcr or as
forncr siudcnis in Iis journalisn classcs. Many sulilc and noi-so-
sulilc cIangcs Iad ialcn placc in iIc ycars inicrvcning. Dcllic's
ouiward drcss was as conscrvaiivc as cvcr, lui Icr lralcss condiiion
was ncw. (Will iIc rcal Dclra Cray plcasc siand up.i Caiilin, a silcni
alnosi invisillc prcscncc in iIc pasi, now nunlcrcd anong iIc nosi
vocal of pariicipanis. Morgan? Wcll Morgan Iad always lccn
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ouispolcn, a Icroic figurc iIc siudcnis lisicncd io as nucI or norc
iIan iIcy lisicncd io iIcir profcssors.
Maling ii all sccn lclicvallc, Alfrcd Willians, Morgan's cIildIood
fricnd and iIc group's iolcn conscrvaiivc, Iad sIown up as always in a
suii and iic. Morgan Iad nadc Alfrcd ialc off Iis suii jaclci and pui on
Morgan's lcaiIcr onc in iis placc. Noi so nucI, Wilson suspccicd,
lccausc Morgan wanicd Alfrcd io llcnd in wiiI iIc crowd, lui so
Morgan could sIow off iIc piraic sIiri wiiI puffy slccvcs and lacc ai iIc
collar Ic worc undcrncaiI.
TIc rcal puzzlc was wIy Wilson Iinsclf was ai iIc ncciing, irying
and failing io lool lilc sonciIing oiIcr iIan a Iaplcss acadcnic. TIc
answcr, Ic supposcd, was lccausc Morgan lncw, Morgan undcrsiood.
WIilc Wilson nigIi favor iIc siandard paicIcs-ai-iIc-cllows garl of an
undcrpaid insirucior ai a laclwaicr univcrsiiy, insidc Ic was siill an
unrcpcniani Iippic, a cIild of iIc si×iics.
Hc did and Ic didn'i lclong wiiI iIis group. Hc'd Iad a lifc÷
narriagc, cIildrcn, wIilc iIc livcs of iIc oiIcrs Iad larcly lcgun. Hc'd
lccn iIcir irusicd ncnior and collaloraior oncc, a sourcc of loiI
wisdon and approval for sonc of iIcn. Dui iIai Iad lccn four ycars
lcforc. Noi now, noi siill, surcly?
Surcly cacI and cvcry onc of Iis forncr siudcnis ougIi alrcady Iavc
aiiaincd iIcir vision, found a sccurc nicIc in wIicI io spcnd iIc
rcnaindcr of iIcir livcs.
Hc sniffcd; ncn's colognc; nonc of iIai in iIc si×iics. Dcll loiions,
puffy sIiris, wild colors for ncn's cloiIcs, surc. In 1968, iIc odors of
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Paiuoli and Icnp could occasionally lc disccrncd on iIc lodics and
cloiIcs of ncn as wcll as woncn, lui ncvcr colognc. AnoiIcr najor
diffcrcncc fron iIc cra of pcacc and lovc Wilson rcncnlcrcd so fondly
wcrc iIc Ialf-dozcn youngsicrs of Middlc-Easicrn and Asian c×iraciion
gaiIcrcd ai iIc confcrcncc iallc. Conposing ai lcasi Ialf of iIc group
Morgan Iad asscnllcd, iIcir rcal nancs unpronounccallc, iIcy wcrc
iIc iruc synlols of iIc ncw 21
si
ccniury.
Oscar was Lclancsc. Caiilin÷a swcci IrisI collccn, if onc wcrc io
go siricily ly iIc nanc÷was iIc cIild of Iranian parcnis. SIc spolc
EnglisI and Farsi wiiI cqual faciliiy. Hcr Iair was jci llacl, Icr lools
c×oiic, lui sIc sncllcd÷Wilson lcancd forward Iis facc nc×i io Icrs io
lc surc÷disiincily Ancrican.
Scvcral of iIc ncw faccs Wilson didn'i pariicularly carc for. Oscar
was onc, and an Ali sonciIing or oiIcr, wIosc facc nigIi wcll Iavc
Icadcd an Al-Oa'ida rccruiiing posicr, was anoiIcr. A iIird Aral Iad
gonc wiiIoui iniroduciion so far. All iIrcc wcrc unsIavcn, noi quiic
lcardcd lui far fron clcan cui. Wilson didn'i carc for Arals, disirusicd
iIcn. WIo did irusi iIcn sincc Scpicnlcr 11iI? Dui iIcy wcrc io gci
along, cIildrcn of all naiions uniicd in iIc Ancrican way. Surcly iIis,
ioo, Iad lccn a drcan of iIc si×iics.
WIai Morgan Iad io proposc was iIc crcaiion of a si×iics-siylc
counicr-culiurc ncwspapcr for iIc Tri-Ciiy arca. A iruc alicrnaiivc io
iIc ºcapiivc" ncdia.
Morgan would lc cdiior and pullisIcr. Wilson would lc advisor io
iIc pullisIcr÷wiiI Iis nanc on iIc nasiIcad if Ic so dcsircd÷jusi as
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Ic Iad lccn ncnior and advisor wIcn Morgan was a siudcni ai
Wcsicrn Siaic and cdiior of iIc collcgc papcr iIcrc.
Morgan Iad lccn a good lui noi a grcai cdiior. A D ai lcsi, iIougI
iIc ncw ccniury insisicd iIai Ic, lilc cvcry oiIcr siudcni, rcccivc an A.
Morgan Iad nadc fcw cIangcs io iIc papcr's conicnis÷conplainis
aloui cafcicria and dorniiory food scrvicc, nancs on iIc Dcan's lisi,
gancs won and losi. Dui Ic'd drasiically alicrcd iIc papcr's siylc.
Siudcni colunnisis, Dclra and Caiilin forcnosi anong iIcn, suddcnly
Iad opinions. And, aficr onc unIappy incidcni, Wilson Iad lccn forccd
io rcad and rcrcad cacI issuc in advancc io lc surc iIosc opinions
would ncvcr again offcnd iIc powcrs iIai lc.
A suddcn vivid ncnory of onc sucI sccnc canc lacl io Iin. TIcy
wcrc in iIc Prcsidcni's officc, iIc Prcsidcni, iIc Vicc Prcsidcni for
Acadcnic Affairs, iIc Dcan of Aris and Scicncc and Wilson. TIc Dcan
was doing all iIc ialling. TIcy did noi wani io inicrfcrc, lui siandards
wcrc io lc upIcld. Surcly, Wilson as a Full Profcssor of Journalisn
nusi undcrsiand iIai. Advisor io iIc Collcgc Papcr was no ncrc
sinccurc lui an inicgral pari of onc's duiics. And was Iis appoinincni
as a full profcssor confirncd or ncrcly icnporary?
According io Morgan, iIc asscnllcd group was io lc loiI iIc siaff
and iIc owncrs of iIc ncw papcr. TIc ncccssary capiial was in Iand,
Morgan assurcd iIcn÷wIo Iad lccn iIc sourcc of iIc nonics, Wilson
wondcrcd? (Hc ncvcr did lcarn iIc answcr.i How long would iIc nonics
lasi?÷and iIcy Iad iIc ialcni. WIai iIcy nccdcd wcrc siorics and ads.
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TIc officcs Morgan Iad rcnicd in iIc lofi of a forncr nanufaciuring
plani wcrc cquippcd wiiI iIc ncccssary dcsls and cIairs, sonc wood,
sonc ncial, as wcll as a nunlcr of carly viniagc PC's, iwo IDM Sclcciric
iypcwriicrs, and, incrcdilly, a singlc Fcningion nanual sinilar io iIc
onc on wIicI Wilson Iad launcIcd Iis own journalisiic carccr dccadcs
pasi.
TIc dcsls wcrc noi ncw. Scvcral of iIc woodcn oncs Iad iniiials
carvcd in iIcir uppcr surfaccs and cIcwing gun was siucl lcncaiI iIc
onc Wilson cnvisioncd as Iis own. TIc scai of iIc cIair iIai wcni wiiI
Iis dcsl Iad lccn ncndcd ai lcasi oncc wiiI nasling iapc. And
iIougI ai onc iinc iIc cIair nay Iavc proclaincd iisclf "an crgononic
niraclc," iis adjusincnis now wcrc frozcn solid, and Wilson could usc ii
jusi as ii was or noi ai all.
"TIc TriCiiy Scniincl! How docs iIai sound?" Morgan loolcd aloui
Iin for agrccncni, and iIc answcring nurnurs fron around iIc largc
opcn roon confirncd iIai iIc nanc soundcd jusi finc. (No discussion?!
TIis wasn'i ai all lilc iIc si×iics. Siudcnis iIcn wcrc radical,
disagrccing consianily as a naiicr of principlc, ouispolcn cvcn if only a
llcnding voicc in a crowd. Today's young aduli was conicni io lip-
syncI, voicc no loudcr iIan iIc nusic in iIc laclground.i
TIcy Iad iIc ncccssary siorics and ads io carry iIcn iIrougI an
iniiial iwo issucs, Morgan iold iIcn. Dui iIcy nccdcd a rcally "lig"
siory if iIcy wcrc io Iavc a iruly succcssful launcI. Could iIcy do ii?
Wilson wondcrcd wIai Morgan Iad in nind÷Dad Food in Local
Collcgc Cafcicrias? Ciiy Councilnan Wins Loiicry for Honc in
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Dcvclopncni Hc Supporicd? TIcsc nigIi nalc aiicniion-gralling
Icadlincs for a singlc issuc, lui wcrc surc io lc forgoiicn wcll lcforc
iIc nc×i was rclcascd. Was iIis cdiiorial ncciing a pcp rally or a
scrious discussion?
"Caiilin will icll us wIai iIai siory is."
Caiilin? TIc sIycsi of iIc sIy? Wilson Iad found Caiilin's c×oiic
lools aiiraciivc lui off puiiing wIcn sIc sai in Iis classroon. Hc could
scc iIcrc'd lccn a fcw adjusincnis in iIc inicrvcning ycars. A oncc
Ioolcd nosc now was larcly rccognizallc as sucI. TIc palc wIiic iops
of ncwly inplanicd lrcasis could lc glinpscd rising fron a scoopcd-
nccl llousc. Dui iIc final adjusincni lay in iIc sirong voicc iIai
cncrgcd fron Caiilin's lipsiiclcd nouiI, sclf-assurcd and convincing.
"My auni Ias iold nc iIai iIc Prcsidcni Iad ai lcasi si×-noniIs
advancc noiicc of iIc Scpicnlcr 11iI aiiacls."
Could lc, Wilson iIougIi. A loi of spcculaiion Iad lccn nadc in
iIai dircciion. Evcn iIc capiivc ncdia carricd rcgular accounis of
unIccdcd warnings fron iIc FDI, iIc FAA, and iIc CIA, warnings iIai
Iad lccn in iIc Prcsidcni's Iands wcll lcforc Scpicnlcr 2001. Dui
wIcrc was iIc snoling gun? TIc proof iIai iIc Prcsidcni lncw of iIc
foriIconing aiiacls lui Iad dclilcraicly ignorcd iIc cvidcncc. And
wIo was Caiilin's lnow-all auni?
"Wc Iavc rcason io lclicvc," Morgan inicrrupicd, "iIai iIc Prcsidcni
and Iis advisors noi only discusscd iIc lilcliIood of iIc aiiacls lui
dcicrnincd iIai ii would lc io iIc Prcsidcni's advaniagc if iIc aiiacls
iool placc."
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Truly, a "Dig" siory. If ii wcrc iruc. And if iis dciails could lc
corroloraicd. Again, onc Iad io asl, jusi wIo was Caiilin's auni and
Iow Iad sIc conc ly Icr infornaiion?
"My auni is wiiI iIc Iranian cnlassy in WasIingion."
TIc Iranian cnlassy? iIai wcll-lnown sourcc of disinfornaiion?
"I can scc Paul is slcpiical," Morgan said. (Wilson's lacl of a polcr
facc Iad lcpi Iin, dcspiic a sirong inclinaiion, fron pariicipaiing in
any card gancs ovcr iIc ycars c×ccpi for ºCo FisI," a ganc iIc cIild is
supposcd io win.i "TIc Iranian cnlassy is a frcqucni sourcc of
disinfornaiion. WIicI is wIy ai lcasi iwo of you arc going io
WasIingion io gci iIc facis."
"Alnosi 90% of ncwspapcr siariups fail." Morgan loolcd rigIi ai
Wilson as Ic rcplaycd word-for-word onc of Iis forncr insirucior's
lcciurcs, "Dui if iIis siory is iruc and wc'rc iIc firsi io covcr ii, wc'll
Iavc iIc sulscrilcrs and advcriiscrs wc nccd io carry iIc papcr, our
papcr, iIrougI iis firsi fcw noniIs."
Wc nigIi cvcn gci a Puliizcr, I nigIi gci a Puliizcr, Wilson iIougIi,
lui said noiIing.
Again canc nurnurcd sounds of agrccncni, cvcn cniIusiasn, fron
around iIc confcrcncc iallc. Wilson was lcss sanguinc aloui iIcir
cIanccs. Two lids larcly pasi collcgc agc wcrc supposcd io fly io iIc
naiion's capiial, oui scoop Woodward and Dcrnsicin, and gci iIc siory
iIai Iad soncIow cludcd iIc WasIingion Posi, TIc Ncw Yorl Tincs,
iIc Associaicd Prcss, and CNN? Only in iIc novics.
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Dui Morgan was dcad scrious. So was Don Oui×oic. "Caiilin,
Dcllic, Paul, I'n couniing on you io gci iIc facis and iIc inicrvicws,
iIc wIy as wcll as iIc wIai and wIo. TIc rcsi of us, lcd ly Oscar, will
conccniraic on sclling ads wIilc you'rc away."
Paul? Had Wilson jusi Icard Iis own nanc coning fron Morgan's
nouiI? FigIi. Ic was going io usc iIc fcw wccls Ic Iad frcc of
icacIing duiics÷Iis so-callcd vacaiion÷on a crazy advcniurc. TIc
iIougIi of spcnding a wccl or so in Dcllic's conpany was appcaling,
lui connon scnsc÷sIc was youngcr iIan any of Iis daugIicrs÷forccd
Wilson io pui iIai iIougIi asidc.
"I icacI journalisn. I don'i rcally do ii. Any norc."
"WIai aloui iIc San Dicgo lonlcr?"
Tcn pairs of cycs iurncd ioward Iin. TIc San Dicgo lonlcr Iad
lccn a long iinc ago. A long iinc, Wilson iIougIi. Dui Ic didn'i say no
io iIc foriIconing irip, iool iIc iour of iIc ncw officcs along wiiI
cvcryonc clsc and larcly cringcd wIcn Ic lcarncd iIai Oscar, loois,
rings and all, was io lc iIc TriCiiy Scniincl's advcriising nanagcr.
Wilson wanicd iIai siory, wanicd Iis nanc on iis lylinc, on iIc
awards iIai wcrc surc io follow. Morgan Iad rcad Wilson's nind, as
always, lncw Iin lciicr iIan Ic lncw Iinsclf.
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TIc inpossililiiy of iIcir gciiing iIc "lig" siory wasn'i wIai loiIcrcd
Wilson aloui Morgan's proposal; lui iIc all-ioo-slin lilcliIood of iIc
ncw journal's gaiIcring sufficicni advcriising rcvcnuc, cvcn if lc-ringcd
and lc-jcwclcd Oscar Iadn'i lccn iis advcriising nanagcr.
Wilson Iad a icrrifying scnsc of dcja vu, of anoiIcr alicrnaiivc
ncwspapcr iIai Iad flancd and dicd. Iis cdiior, a lcss cIarisnaiic
vcrsion of Morgan, Iad lccn cspccially gificd ai sniffing oui a siory.
Wilson could iIinl of onc or iwo iIai could siand rcpullicaiion ioday.
WIcrc do sircciwallcrs gci iIcir cloiIcs? And, wIo aciually gocs io
prosiiiuics?
Hc'd forgoiicn iIc answcr io iIc forncr qucsiion iIougI iIc nysicry
siill inirigucd Iin. TIc answcr io wIo gocs io prosiiiuics, dcspiic iIc
lliiz of ncwspapcr covcragc iIai always covcrs iIc occasional lapsc of
iIc ricI and fanous, is old agc pcnsioncrs, wiiI iIc pcal inconc for
iIc ladics of iIc nigIi coinciding wiiI iIc arrival of iIai noniI's social
sccuriiy cIccls.
In iIis ncwspapcr's sccond ycar of pullicaiion, iIc cdiior lrougIi
Ionc a Puliizcr for Iinsclf and iIc papcr wiiI a siory on a land fraud
pcrpciraicd ly iIc local Salvaiion Arny loard. To raisc nucI nccdcd
funds, iIc Kalanazoo scIool sysicn Iad lccn forccd io scll iIc land
and luildings of an clcncniary scIool iIai cIanging dcnograpIics Iad
lcfi isolaicd and alandoncd. TIrcc ncnlcrs of iIc Salvaiion Arny's
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loard Iad piclcd up iIc propcriy for a song, iIcn rcsold ii io iIc Arny
for an insiani profii of scvcral Iundrcd iIousand dollars.
A woriIwIilc siory of corrupiion and poliiical nalfcasancc, an
inporiani onc wIosc inplicaiions Iad placcd iIc cdiior and iIc papcr
ai risl and scvcrcd Iis iics wiiI nany ncnlcrs of Iis own fanily. Hc
dcscrvcd iIc rcsuliing Puliizcr. No, ii wasn'i iIc cdiior wIo'd lci iIai
ncwspapcr down; ii was iis advcriising nanagcr. TIougI iIis
individual laclcd iIc conlai loois and alrasivc nanncr of an Oscar,
and lncw cnougI io wcar a suii wIcn naling salcs calls, Ic'd noi lccn
pariicularly succcssful. Noi cvcn wIcn Iis papcr Iad a Puliizcr io lrag
aloui. His onc najor salc Iad lccn io iIc Siaic Dcparincni of
Enployncni. TIcy'd ialcn advaniagc of iIc papcr's low raics io saiisfy
a lcgal rcquircncni io advcriisc. TIai is, iIcy Iad uniil sonconc ai iIc
Dcparincni discovcrcd iIai X-raicd novic iIcaicrs and diriy lool
siorcs wcrc iIc papcr's oiIcr prinary sourcc of ad rcvcnuc.
To lc fair, iIai ncwspapcr's advcriising nanagcr rcally Iadn'i lccn
iIc salcsnan iypc. EacI ºno" or cvcn ºI'll Iavc io iIinl aloui ii," Ic
iool as a pcrsonal rcjcciion. Nor Iad Ic provcd capallc of wIipping
Iinsclf oui of iIc dcprcssion iIai was surc io follow ai lcasi wiiIoui
scvcral days spcni licling Iis inagincd wounds.
Wilson Iad lccn iIai ncwspapcr's advcriising nanagcr.
Wilson Iad also lccn a pIysicisi÷four ycars of collcgc, and onc jol,
a sIori-livcd rcscarcI projcci in solid siaic pIysics for a profcssor ai
iIc Univcrsiiy Ic'd jusi graduaicd fron. Hc'd lccn a farncr, a
Iusland, and a faiIcr, and norc or lcss failcd ai all of iIcsc ioo.
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According io Einsicin, iIc paiI an oljcci iravcrscs is influcnccd ly
cvcry oiIcr oljcci in iIc univcrsc. Wilson lncw all aloui Einsicin and
iIc liniiaiions of Ncwionian nccIanics. Hc'd ncvcr quiic rcalizcd iIai
iIc rulcs applicd io Iunans as wcll. TIcy nay siari oui wiiI a spccific
long-rangc goal, lui unlcss iIcy'rc auiisiic (and cvcn iIcni, iIosc iIcy
ncci along iIc way nay guidc iIcn io quiic a diffcrcni cnd.
WIilc worling ai iIc Univcrsiiy, Wilson inprcgnaicd a young lady.
Foriunaicly, Ic loiI lovcd and lilcd Icr. WIilc iIcir narriagc lasicd,
sIc'd iruly lccn ºiIc wind lcncaiI Iis wings."
WIcn Wilson's faiIcr dicd and lcfi iIcn Iis farn, ii was KaiIy wIo
suggcsicd ii would lc lciicr io livc and raisc a fanily in iIc anplc
spaccs of iIc couniry, KaiIy wIo'd poinicd oui iIcy could rcnain in
iIc cranpcd onc-lcdroon aparincni alovc iIc lool siorc only if iIcy
loiI Iad jols. And iIcy couldn'i, noi wIcn onc of iIcn nccdcd io siay
Ionc io ialc carc of iIc cIild.
Surc iIc ciiy offcrcd plays, gournci rcsiauranis, and c×Iiliis of
pricclcss ari, lui wIcn was iIc lasi iinc iIcy could afford io go io any
of iIcsc? Wcrcn'i iIcy only prcicnding io cnjoy iIc ciiy's culiurc?
TIc wcaiIcr would lc coldcr wIcrc iIcy wcrc going, lui iIc air
would lc clcancr. TIc scIools would offcr fcwcr clcciivcs, lui iIc
scIoolyards would lc frcc of drugs and crinc. EiiIcr way, wcrcn'i iIcy
a fanily? WIcrcvcr iIcy livcd, Paul and KaiIy would lc iogciIcr.
TIcsc arguncnis wcrc carricd oui in wIispcrs aficr iIcy'd gonc io
lcd and in norc nornal voiccs iIrougI iIc day uniil, in iIc cnd, iIcy'd
novcd io iIc farn. Wilson wasn'i pig ignorani÷Ic'd c×Iiliicd and sold
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prizc Iogs scvcral iincs as a 4H'cr, lui iIcrc'd lccn a rcason Ic'd lcfi
farn lifc for iIc ciiy. Noi iIc carly norning cIorcs, iIc rouiinc pari of
farn lifc iIai Iad plagucd Iis youiI, lui iIc wcarincss on Iis faiIcr's
facc, iIc inprcssion iIai no naiicr Iow Iard onc worlcd iIc land, onc
ncvcr rcally goi aIcad. TIc cIorcs onc did ioday would Iavc io lc donc
again ionorrow.
TIc cIorcs rcsuncd. Wilson Iircd a nan io Iclp oui wiiI iIc
aninals, lui drovc iIc iracior and did iIc planiing Iinsclf. Hc and Iis
fanily aic frcsI vcgciallcs fivc noniIs of iIc ycar, including corn,
swcci and icndcr, iIai wcni siraigIi fron iIc gardcn io iIc poi. Onc
daugIicr lccanc iwo, iIcn iIrcc. TIc daugIicrs, ioo, Iad cIorcs.
"Ycs, you Iavc io do iIcn, no naiicr iIai ii's cold oui." TIc voicc of
Wilson's faiIcr, and Iis faiIcr's faiIcr, ioo, prcsunally, could lc Icard
now in Iis.
TIcn KaiIy novcd oui and iool iIc daugIicrs wiiI Icr. PcrIaps,
sIc didn'i lilc iIc sound of Iis faiIcr's voicc. Wilson goi a jol ai iIc
ncarly siaic collcgc icacIing, noi pIysics lui journalisn. Hc lcpi a
snall gardcn, lui nosi of iIc acrcagc Ic rcnicd oui. Hc sold off iIc
goais and cIiclcns, lui Ic lcpi iIc Iorscs as long as iIcrc wcrc
daugIicrs in iown wIo nigIi conc oui and ridc iIcn. TIcn iIc
daugIicrs wcrc gonc, firsi io collcgc and iIcn io Ioncs of iIcir own.
Hc was alonc.
Lifc gocs on. Siudcnis arc cuic and casily fuclallc, lui a girlfricnd
is noi a wifc. Nor is a collcgc lrancI luricd in iIc corncr of a Mid-
Wcsicrn siaic a Dcrlclcy. Lcciurcs oncc cIallcnging lcconc
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connonplacc, iIcn wcarisonc. Siudcnis and iIcir frcnciic sclf-
alsorlcd inquirics arc as waicr wcaring away ai a sionc. Nc×i io iIcir
firn young lodics Wilson could scc Iis own wiiIcring away. TIc
noncni canc wIcn iIc facc in iIc nirror was no longcr onc Ic
rccognizcd.
A fcw ycars lcforc, Wilson Iad gonc io CIicago io scc a pcrfornancc
of iIc nusical lascd on T.S. Elioi's pociry. As Wilson lraggcd io
anyonc wiiIin carsIoi, Ic' d lccn iIc gucsi of Iis niddlc daugIicr, iIc
IoisIoi aiiorncy and Icr iIcn fiancc. TIc cai iIai siucl in Iis ncnory
was Asparagus.
"Cus is iIc cai ai iIc iIcaicr door. . . Hc isn'i iIc cai iIai Ic was
ycars lcforc." In Iis youiI, Cus Iad iurncd in a sicllar pcrfornancc as
Fircfrorfiddlc, iIc Ficnd of iIc Fcll. Fcccivcd scvcn caicalls! Now, wcll
pasi Iis princ, linping along on sIaly lcgs, Cus livcd on ncnorics and
Iandouis fron oiIcr aciors. As a young rcporicr, Wilson Iad iraclcd
down iIc San Dicgo lonlcr. Dui lilc iIc old cai's succcss, iIis Iad
lccn a long iinc ago.
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CIapicr 3

Is iinc iravcl a rcaliiy? Of coursc ii is. All onc nusi do is opcn iIc
gaics of ncnory.
"OI, ii's onc, iwo, iIrcc, four, wIo arc wc figIiing for?"
In 1968, Wilson graduaicd fron iIc Univcrsiiy of California ai
Dcrlclcy wiiI a dcgrcc in pIysics. Lilc nosi pIysics graduaics iIcn
and now, Ic didn'i Iavc a jol or any prospcci of onc. Laic onc cvcning,
Ic was siiiing in iIc Pic, a loIcnian coffcc Iousc on TclcgrapI Avcnuc,
siaring llanlly ai iIc unswcpi floor. Hc was lciwccn girl fricnds. To
lc lruially Ioncsi, Ic was wiiIoui girls as ciiIcr fricnds or lovcrs.
Maylc iIc rcason was Iis cloiIcs, nosi of wIicI Ic'd worn iIrougI
collcgc, supplcncniing Iis wardrolc fron iinc io iinc ai an Arny
surplus siorc. Hc iool liiilc inicrcsi iIcn as now in Iis appcarancc,
scldon glancing in a nirror, cvcn on iIc rarc occasions wIcn Ic
lrusIcd Iis Iair. Dui a norc lilcly rcason was iIai, iIcn as now, fcw if
any woncn wanicd io spcnd iIcir livcs wiiI an uncnploycd pIysics
graduaic.
His aunis Iad iold Iin Ic was Iandsonc, lui aiicnding an all-nalc
IigI scIool, and a ncarly-all-nalc collcgc najor Ias providcd liiilc
opporiuniiy for rcinforccncni of iIis opinion. His lips wcrc iIin io
avcragc, Iis nosc sligIily aslcw fron a puncI rcccivcd wIilc lo×ing
(wIicI, on iIc plus sidc, did nalc Iin lool norc nasculinci, and Iis
inicnsc lrown cycs wcrc a iriflc ioo closc iogciIcr.
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A sIori lalding nan spolc up fron an adjoining iallc inicrrupiing
Wilson's iIougIis. TIc nan was on Iis sccond cup of coffcc and a Ialf
caicn calc sai on an adjoining sauccr. Wilson Iad no idca wIo iIc nan
was, iIougI Ic did rccall Iaving sccn Iin lcforc ai iIc Pic, ai Cody's
loolsiorc, and ai oiIcr siudcni Iangouis. Dui iIcn, Dcrlclcy was a
iigIi-lnii connuniiy (siudcnis and iourisis asidci and onc lcpi sccing
iIc sanc faccs ovcr and ovcr. As Wilson wasn'i pariicularly wary of
sirangcrs io lcgin wiiI, alscni lilcr iaiioos and a lad aiiiiudc, Ic
dccidcd io Icar iIc nan oui. Ma× ScIccr lncw Wilson's nanc, ai lcasi,
cvcn if Wilson didn'i lnow Iis uniil nucI laicr.
"Paul. You can wriic, can'i you?" Of coursc Wilson could wriic.
Couldn'i cvcryonc? (TIougI iIc iruiI was Wilson Iad lccn forccd io
rcpcai loncIcad EnglisI a Ialf-dozcn iincs, passing only as a rcsuli of
Iclping a fricndly icacIing assisiani conposc a winning lciiing
sysicn.i
In any cvcni, iIc nc×i iIing Wilson lncw Ic was siiiing in iIc officc
of iIc Dcrlclcy Darl worling on a siory. Fifiy ccnis a colunn incI paid
for gas and iIc occasional ncal. To say noiIing of iIc ncals and lifis
oliaincd fron iIosc wIo iIougIi ii groovy io lnow sonconc wIo wroic
for iIc Darl. WIo carcd if a visiiing journalisn siudcni, conplciing a
disscriaiion on iIc inncr worlings of iIc undcrground prcss, rcnarlcd
iIai iIcirs was iIc only ncwspapcr wIosc rcporicrs did nuliiplc
rcwriics. Ii was siill iIc ncws liz.
TIc Darl officcs wcrc nucI snallcr iIan iIc lofi Morgan Iad rcnicd
lui lciicr usc Iad lccn nadc of iIc spacc. Siacls of ncwspapcrs
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scrvcd as pariiiions and providcd soundproofing as wcll as a ncasurc
of privacy. (Surprisingly, iIcrc was always a dcnand for old issucs.
PcrIaps noi sucI a dcnand as iIc cdiior, Ma× ScIccr, Iad cnvisioncd,
for as iIc wccls passcd and papcrs rcnaincd unsold, iIcy gradually
nadc iIcir way fron iIc floor io a spacc jusi lclow iIc cciling.i
Focl nusic always playcd in iIc laclground, and iIc rcporicrs iool
iurns aciing as dj's, sclcciing rccords fron onc of scvcral siacls.
Canaradcric was inicnsc; noralc was IigI. Wc arc iIc cIoscn fcw, frcc
io wriic wIai wc wisI, our souls noi yci paid for. Evcryonc Iad a
doullc idcniiiy, a pcn nanc iIcy wcrc lnown ly. Wilson was Nunlcr
Si× or jusi Si×. TIc Crass PropIci usually occupicd iIc dcsl adjoining
Iis. Kali, a iall llond Swcdc, Iandlcd dclivcrics and SIiva, a far-ioo-
young, far-ioo-lu×on fcnalc, loolcd iIc pcrsonal ads.
A ycar laicr, llcsscd ly a IigI nunlcr in iIc drafi loiicry and iIc
inaliliiy io find a jol conncnsuraic wiiI Iis iraining, Wilson was siill
wriiing for iIc Darl. "Fai-a-iai-iai wcni iIc drun, conc io Pcoplc's
Parl." ºI sIarcd lovc wiiI a ioplcss connunc." ºFrcc U Ias ncw
lcadcr." In Dcrlclcy, sonc iriggcr-Iappy sIcriff's dcpuiy sIoi Jancs
Fccior during a proicsi ovcr iIc war in Vicinan. A lonl c×plodcd in
iIc officcs of an undcrground papcr in San Dicgo. "TIcy wcrc lilling us
onc ly onc."
Plcniy of rcporicrs wcrc on Iand io covcr iIc aciion in Dcrlclcy,
dispaicIcd fron iIc nass ncdia as wcll as iIc Darl. Wilson was scni
io San Dicgo.
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San Dicgo is 450 nilcs fron Dcrlclcy wiiI plcniy io scc along iIc
way, pariicularly wIcn a lcaly radiaior rcquircs frcqucni siops. An
anii-war dcnonsiraiion in Isla Visia, ncar Sania Darlara, lcd io iIc laic
nigIi lurning of a lrancI of iIc Danl of Ancrica. (No, iIc noncy
rcnaincd unscaiIcd.i Wilson found a fricndly pIoiograpIcr and filcd
Iis firsi siory as a "forcign" corrcspondcni.
San Dicgo, iIcn as now (iIougI lcss so ioday wiiI iIc vasi growiI of
iIc iIcn-unIcard-of lioiccI indusiryi was a scrics of niliiary lascs
surroundcd ly civilians. TIc policc in Dcrlclcy wcrc all collcgc
cducaicd. TIosc in San Dicgo Iad rcccivcd iIcir iraining in iIc MP's
and SIorc Pairol.
A fricnd of Wilson's wiiI long Iair nadc iIc nisialc of siiiing on a
dcscricd sircicI of lcacI in San Dicgo onc wcclday norning fully
drcsscd. Two policcncn approacIcd dcnanding io scc iIc fricnd's ID.
Using a poriallc radio, iIcy callcd in iIc dciails io sonc invisillc
connand ccnicr. Hc was iold io cnpiy Iis poclcis onio iIc sand.
"Paranoia sirilcs dccp," Ic'd sung rccouniing iIc incidcni.
Wilson nadc surc io siay off San Dicgo's lcacIcs c×ccpi during iIc
Icai of iIc day and iIcn only if Ic wcrc wcaring a laiIing suii.
Dcsidcs, as iIc Darl's (onlyi forcign corrcspondcni, Ic Iad lusincss io
conduci.
Noiclool in Iand, Ic visiicd iIc rcnnanis of iIc Iippic connunc
iIai Iad Iouscd iIc lonlcd-oui priniing prcss. Laicr, guisy lad iIai
Ic was, Ic callcd on San Dicgo Policc Icadquaricrs and, lclicvc ii,
aciually spolc wiiI San Dicgo's CIicf of Policc.
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TIc laiicr clcarly Iad lccn iraincd in pullic rclaiions, c×prcsscd
sorrow aloui iIc lonling÷graicful no onc Iad lccn Iuri; ycs, iIc
crinc was siill undcr invcsiigaiion wiiI no rcal lcads so far÷and
vcniurcd iIc possililiiy iIai iIc c×plosion was iIc rcsuli of a lonl
asscnlly gonc asiray.
TIc ncnlcrs of iIc connunc wcrc lcss foriIconing. Only on
Wilson's sccond visii did iIcy agrcc io iall wiiI Iin ai all. Hc spcni
iIc inicrvcning nigIi in a dorn on a ncarly canpus, noi on iIc floor of
a vacani roon as Ic'd aniicipaicd lui in iIc lcd of a cocd wIon Ic'd
nci wIilc walling down iIc Iallway ioward iIc ncn's roon.
McanwIilc, iIc connunc Iad iIc opporiuniiy io ºcIccl Iin oui" and
apparcnily was saiisficd wiiI wIai iIcy'd discovcrcd. Paranoia sirilcs
dccp.
Evcn so, Wilson didn'i lcarn nucI fron iIcn. All Iad lccn aslccp ai
iIc iinc of iIc lonling only io lc walcncd ly iIc loon of iIc
c×plosion. No, gcncrally iIcrc was no iraffic ai iIai Iour. TIcir
ncigIlorIood lcing prinarily rcsidcniial, fcw if any cars wcni ly c×ccpi
during iIc norning and cvcning connuic. "And iIc policc car iIai
concs ly cvcry so oficn io scc if wc'rc up io any niscIicf."
NcigIlors confirncd iIc prcscncc of iIc policc car. Onc cldcrly nan
wIo suffcrcd fron insonnia Iad cvcn sccn iIc car jusi lcforc iIc
c×plosion.
Wood wcni lacl io policc Icadquaricrs. Hc didn'i gci io scc iIc
policc cIicf a sccond iinc, lui an assisiani was norc iIan Iappy io
givc Iin iIc nancs of iIc officcrs rcsponsillc for pairolling iIai
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ncigIlorIood. (TIc word "officcrs" is uscd in iIis lricf accouni jusi as
Wilson would Iavc wriiicn ii in iIc Darl. Unlilc sonc oiIcr
undcrground rcporicrs, iIc Wilson was always carcful io disiinguisI
lciwccn iIosc officcrs wIo scrvc io proicci us, and iIc Cloclworl
Orangc iypcs or "pigs" indisiinguisIallc fron iIc crininals iIcy
pursuc, pigs for wIon iIc policcnan's ladgc is sinply a liccnsc io
pusI oiIcrs around.i
Pcrsisicncc pays. WiiI iIc nancs of iIc iwo policcncn in Iand,
Wilson iallcd io onc wIilc iIc oiIcr sai ai an adjoining dcsl and
snccrcd. Wilson soon rcalizcd nciiIcr officcr Iad lccn assigncd io iIc
aficr-nidnigIi sIifi in wIai was dcsignaicd a low-crinc arca. So wIo
Iad lccn rcsponsillc for iIc aficr-nidnigIi drivc-ly?
"Ii was iIc sanc car," iIc insonniac iold Iin wiiI sonc irriiaiion
wIcn qucsiioncd for iIc sccond iinc, Ic cvcn rcad off iis liccnsc
nunlcr. Wilson found a policcnan wIo would iall÷off iIc rccord÷
aloui Iis collcagucs and soon Iad a siory for iIc Darl.
Alas, Iis siory didn'i nalc iIc froni pagc. Pari of iIc prollcn was
iining. Wilson Iad a Ialii iIcn of ialing sIoricuis iIai didn'i always
pay off. Noi willing io risl scvcral days' dclay in iransii, Ic'd drivcn io
iIc San Dicgo airpori and waiicd ly iIc dcpariurc gaic uniil Ic
cncounicrcd iwo groovy looling iypcs wIo wcrc Icadcd for Dcrlclcy io
wIon Ic cnirusicd iIc cnvclopc coniaining iIc siory. TIc ncccssary
spccial dclivcry sianps wcrc alrcady affi×cd io iIc paclagc, so Wilson
iold iIcn jusi io drop ii in iIc ncarcsi posilo× oncc iIcy rcacIcd iIcir
dcsiinaiion.
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Insicad, cqually rcsourccful, iIcy carcfully sicancd all iIc sianps
fron iIc cnvclopc and dclivcrcd ii, sianplcss, io iIc Darl Officc in
pcrson iIrcc days laicr, and iIrcc days ioo laic io lc includcd in iIai
wccl's issuc. TIc following wccl, "Pigs Donl Connunc," was
displaccd fron iIc Darl's froni pagc ly a lciicr fron Dr. TinoiIy Lcary.
Only iIc iruly pcrsisicni wcrc lilcly io find Wilson's dcicciivc worl
insidc, siraddling pagcs 4 and 7.
TIc nass ncdia did noi picl up on Wilson's siory. Nor wcrc any
arrcsis nadc. Ai lcasi noi for four norc ycars, uniil Ni×on rcsigncd.
WIcn iIc Civic Lcadcr wIo'd rcqucsicd iIc lonling, a Icavy
coniriluior io Ni×on's canpaigns, could no longcr providc proicciion,
iIc policc officcr rcsponsillc for iIc aciual diriy worl was Iung oui io
dry. Four ycars laicr, Wilson's scoop was iwo colunn incIcs on an
insidc pagc of iIc San Dicgo Union-Trilunc.
TIings wcrc prciiy nucI iIc sanc way ioday, Wilson fcli. Crininals
wiiI fricnds in IigI placcs wcrc proiccicd. Or convicicd, lui ncvcr
scnicnccd. Oncc in placc in Iis naiion's capiial, Ic would do wIai Ic
could io cnsurc iIcir day of rccloning would conc, ioo.
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Diary I

At last, an opportunity to do something more exciting than book classifieds.
Professor Wilson says the beginner should take any job they can get on a paper
to get a foot in the door, but classifieds, yuck. People who can’t spell or even
pronounce the words they want to use in their ad and blame you for getting
things mixed up. Women who resent you and men who ask for dates solely
because yours is a female voice.
I only went back to the Gazette's offices after the meeting to pick up my
cosmetic case. Even then a fuss was made and I had to wait while a check was
issued. “Just mail it to me, please,” I asked, but still I had to sit through a pre-
departure interview with a boss I’d never met before.
Anyhow, Debbie and I agreed we would use our Washington assignment to
show everyone just what we could do. Which is why we showed up together at
the Sentinel’s offices at eight the next morning. I had mimicked Debra’s
clothing, wearing a plain grey skirt and a white blouse (though with a few
feminine ruffles down the midline), and heels rather than flats (a new pair of
Anne Klein’s that went well with my simple outfit). We were the only ones to
come in that early, actually, so we had to have a janitor let us in.
Our desks were assembled and our PC's up and running before anyone else
put in an appearance. Alfred appeared at the top of the stairs about 11:30 in
sports coat and gray flannels, only to wander around the loft for several
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moments as if he were in a daze. When we asked him where a broom was, he
took off like a scared rabbit.
The telephones were working, but we weren't sure we were allowed to use
them. I had my cell of course, so we used it to make our first appointment, a
Mr. Robert Croft at the Department of Justice. He wasn't the person we'd
telephoned originally, but he was the one we were connected with after several
transfers. He didn't pretend to be busy or not to understand what we were talking
about. I think he will be a good source of information.
The secret of good journalism, Professor Wilson often told us, is to be
persistent. Well, we have been and we will be.
The two Arab boys, Ali and Achmed—Ali neat in pressed corduroys, but
Achmed as always in torn pants and an un-ironed shirt—showed up in the early
afternoon and began making phone calls, too. I wonder who they were calling
or whether their calls really had anything to do with the paper.
They didn't talk to us, which was just as well. To be honest, they really
creep me out.
I made a few more telephone calls and Deb continued to search the Internet
but the office was just too creepy with Ali and Achmed hanging about, so,
finally, we left.
We ran into Morgan on the way out of the building. He had the nerve to look
down at his watch and say, "Leaving so soon?" Deb, who is more demonstrative
than I, punched him in the stomach. The "oof" sound he made was quite
satisfactory.
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