Interview with Harold Engstrom
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

I'M GOING TO JUMP AHEAD TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE 101st AIRBORNE AT THIS POINT. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU FELT ABOUT THAT? JUST AS MEMBER OF YOUR CITY? WHAT YOU FELT ABOUT SEEING THE TROOPS THERE?

Harold Engstrom:

Well, of course I'm a minority, as to my reaction to 101st Airborne. What I remember–and I don't believe the other members of the School Board want to remember it, is that we met and agreed that if Gov—-if Mayor Mann did not call Eisenhower, we would, and we had the telephone number, and we were in the hotel room, in another meeting. We constantly met. We had already met, and decided and agreed that if Mayor Mann did not call Eisenhower, we would. So when the 101st Airborne came in, I wrote President Eisenhower a personal note, and I said, "If I were in an elevator this is what I would say to you." For the first time, I had met someone in authority that did what had to be done.