Interview with Paul N. Ylvisaker

Attica, do you remember the reports from Attica?


Attica to me was like reliving the period of the riots. When the macho instinct of politicians and the public overwhelmed their reason and willingness to listen, it was a tragedy to try to use force in that kind of situation, and we saw the results when finally Rockefeller decided to be macho. But that was my feeling a--memory of the cities of New Jersey where we had solved these things through negotiation and listening, and the patience that went with that, and the memory flooded back to me, and I said, "Why did the man do that?"