Interview with Tom Wicker
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, Tom. Let me just see if you can take us back to where you were and what you were doing when you got that call about coming to Attica.

TOM WICKER:

Well I was living and working in Washington in those days. Washington bureau of the Times. And I had been to, I was aware of the Attica Revolt because I'd seen a story on the front page of the Times that morning. But I didn't really pay much attention. And I had been to a kind of a plush luncheon of a small group that I had frequently lunched with at that time. In the office of the National Geographic Magazine. And so while I was there, I was called away to the telephone and told that there was a message asking me if I would come to Attica. I didn't know much of what that was all about. It was a sharp contrast of course to the surrounding that I was in. So I went back to my office on K Street in Washington at that time and got more information about it and left that afternoon. Went to Attica. I didn't even go home to change my shirt or anything because I was under the impression I'd just go up there for a few hours and come back. I didn't realize it was going to be a long weekend.