Interview with Harold Engstrom
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

NOW THAT PLAN WAS FIGURED OUT AND ARTICULATED WELL BEFORE SEPTEMBER '57, WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT DO YOU THINK THAT YOU HAD?

Harold Engstrom:

Well, Mr. Blossom worked at this, harder, I guess, than anybody could expect anyone to work at it. And probably, his greatest contribution was that he took this plan, which we did agree on, and made it very definite, so that there wasn't any misunderstanding about it, it was a – it was a – it was a concrete plan. It was not flexible, it was – it was very well-defined. All of the questions had been thought out and answered before we started. And then he took that, and he gave it to Rotary Club, he'd give it to the – all of the PTA clubs, he'd give to all of the other civic clubs – he'd – he'd give to any garden club, or anybody else that would have a group that would listen to him. And he answered questions in the press, and in the paper, in the radio, and television, and made every effort that a person could make. I think someone counted one time, 140 or 125 formal appearances that summer. It was a real effort, a superb effort to try to get everybody to understand the plan, and understand why the plan was the way it was.

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