Interview with Harold Engstrom
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

WAS IT IN SEPTEMBER?

Harold Engstrom:

Not the first day. And it was not–

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

SOUND IS ROLLING.

Harold Engstrom:

During the last week or so, we did get Governor Faubus to agree to come and have lunch with the whole Board and with our attorney. And he came, by himself, and he – he brought a little pad, and seemed to be, not as loose, as as – and as free in his conversation with us as normally, even though we later became opponents in court.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

THE LAST FIFTY FEET NEGATED. GOING TO MAG 114.

Harold Engstrom:

I do remember one last meeting that we had with the Governor. He agreed to come and sit with us at a private room in the hotel where we were having lunch, and gave us a chance to – each of us thought maybe we could probably do a little – something different, or something more than had done, so we hoped that he would listen to us. He came, and he was not as easy, not as comfortable, not as free, in conversations with us. He – we met on the streets, you know, occasionally, and he recognized us and we recognized him, so we were not – we know one another by the first name, and so on, but at this particular meeting, Governor Faubus was different. He was under con—tremendous tension, and he was uncomfortable. He took us this little pad of paper and he made a few notes, while we were trying to visit and –