Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 33
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Okay, now in the summer, the demands, there were, there were a list of demands that the inmates put together to give to Governor Rockefeller and Don Noble showed those to you. Just tell the story of how he brought them to you, what the demands were, and what you thought about them.

MICHAEL SMITH:

During the summer, ah, during the summer prior to the riot, uh,--

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

I'm sorry, but just say during the summer of 1971, so we know.

MICHAEL SMITH:

During the summer of 1971 an inmate, who I had come to know quite well, Don Noble, showed me a list of demands that were still in the preparatory stage and he asked me to review those demands and tell me, tell him what I thought. And I don't recall specifically what all the demands were. However, most of the demands were of a humanitarian, ah, need category. Ah, such things as unrationed toilet paper, more showers, ah, less censorship of mail, more visits and less censorship of who, who was allowed to visit. Ah, and that list of demands, I don't recall seeing anything that I considered to be, ah, unreasonable.