Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 20
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

You mentioned before about how you felt that it wasn't, a--as time went on it wasn't inmates versus hostages but that you were all in something together. How did that feeling come about? Tell me more about what you mean, meant by that.

MICHAEL SMITH:

I, I think that it was a, the riot, ah, made it possible--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Just start again. Say the riot made it possible, please.

MICHAEL SMITH:

The riot made it possible for inmates and correction officers, who never had anything in common, or never took the time to communicate to see if they had anything in common, that they were both human beings, it gave them an opportunity to communicate and it gave them a common basis to communicate on, a common basis. That common basis--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

I want you to hold on to the thought. Just the time, you know the film. Just maybe think some more about.