Interview with John Nichols

Can you tell me about testifying before the commission?


I had enough experience in testifying. I testified before several committees, one of the, one of the things that I found out was that the term blind pig is unique apparently to the Midwest because I testified in front of one committee and I talked about a blind pig and finally one of the senators said, "What do mean by, by raiding, why did you raid that blind pig at 3:00 in the morning?" And it became apparent to me that he didn't really understand what it was because blind pigs or speakeasies or after-hours spots don't start operating until after the normal licensed places close. So if they close at 2:00 or 2:30, 3:00 or 3:30 is about the time that you begin to raid the quote-unquote "blind pigs".